Environmental Factors Contribute to Early Aging


Environmental factors that we can’t control can result in signs of early aging, impacting your skin (and overall health) from the inside-out. It’s called a “reduction-oxidation” reaction; an example is how a car rusts due to environmental exposure.

Free radicals are partly to blame. Free radicals are molecules that are missing an electron, which makes them unstable and highly reactive. Free radicals try to stabilize themselves by stealing electrons from healthy cells, which can cause a cascade of damage at the cellular level.[1]

Renowned scientist Dr. Bruce Ames estimates that each cell in your body experiences about 10,000 “hits” from free radicals every day. Since our skin is the body’s protective layer, it takes the brunt of the damage, especially from the sun, pollution and environment.

The skin can be one of the first places that we notice problems caused by free radicals. Damage comes in the form of premature aging, which can include thinning skin, wrinkles, age spots and more.

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Antioxidants are the Answer

Antioxidants donate the missing electrons to free radicals. This stabilizes the molecules and helps stop the chain reaction of cell damage that can lead to early aging and disease.[2]

One dietary supplement, Heliocare®, features an exclusive, powerful antioxidant formula that includes Polypodium leucotomos extract (PLE), which is not found in other supplements or foods. PLE is derived from a tropical fern found in the wilds of Central and South America.

You probably already take antioxidants in one form or another, but they’re not a one-size-fits-all solution to oxidation. Some antioxidants work better on different kinds of cells in the body. The PLE in Heliocare has proven effective at helping protect against the aging effects of free radicals on the skin.*

Taking Heliocare daily helps your skin protect itself against the environment you can’t control, helping to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance.*

Visit Heliocare.com for more information.

Heliocare is available in the nutritional supplements aisle at and CVS Pharmacy



*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

[1] Howard, Dr. Diane. “What Is a Free Radical?” International Dermal Institute. http://www.dermalinstitute.com/us/library/22_article_What_Is_A_Free_Radical_.html

[2] Lobo, V., Patil, A., Phatak, A., & Chandra, N. (2010). “Free radicals, antioxidants and functional foods: Impact on human health.” Pharmacognosy Reviews, 4(8), 118–126. http://doi.org/10.4103/0973-7847.70902

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Last modified: June 21, 2018

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