What is Superoxide Dismutase?

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When you Google SOD Google will serve up grass patches and you also discover that SOD is a swear word. But the skin care obsessed among you will discover soon that it is much more than just a swear word and pictures of grass patches. SOD means a youthful complexion. And that is why you can find it in Aura Essence.

In this installation of our ongoing “Plant Power” series, we’ll be focusing on the benefits of Superoxide Dismutase in skin care. Find everything you need to know about Superoxide Dismutase in this article.

What is Superoxide Dismutase?
Still not sure what it is and why to use it? 
Why to add Superoxide Dismutase into your skincare routine?
Where does Superoxide Dismutase derive from? 


So what is Superoxide Dismutase?

Or also referred to as SOD. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects while offering environmental protection to you skin. Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) is an enzymatic antioxidant well known for its role in neutralising the superoxide free radical. It has widely been proven that SOD has the ability to protect against the damaging effects of the environment to strengthen the skin’s immunity. SOD, a free radical scavenger, balances out the number of excess radicals, ultimately protecting the skin from unnecessary damage. It soothes the skin and helps combat against photo-ageing, evening out the skin complexion, leaving the skin looking healthy, radiant and translucent.

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Still not sure what it is and why to use it?

Superoxide dismutase is the most powerful antioxidant enzyme in the body. SOD is your first line of defence against radical damage from environmental (or even internal) stressors. Meaning it protects your skin and strengthen its immune system. It is the first roadblock that free radicals encounter when attempting to cause skin damage. Think of it as your surveillance system. As soon SOD notices that free radicals – unstable atoms that cause skin cell damage and accelerate pre-mature ageing – are on the horizon, superoxide dismutase puts up the barrier to protect the cells from the attack. It breaks down the free radicals into less destructive molecules (hydrogen peroxide and oxygen). This sets the stage for other enzymatic antioxidants to finish the elimination process. And if it weren’t for this alarm, the other antioxidants in your body wouldn’t even come to the rescue nearly as fast.

what is superoxide dismutase

Why to add superoxide dismutase into your skincare routine?

Superoxide dismutase production significantly declines with age[1], and to top it off, getting older means that free radical formation is at an all-time high. Thus we need to give our skin a helping hand to keep its immune system in attack and keep this first line of defence strong. Therefore, incorporating superoxide dismutase into your skincare routine will not stop free radicals to attack, but SOD will stop them and maintain your healthy complexion.

By protecting your skin from free radical damage, superoxide dismutase prevents visible signs of ageing. Even better, it helps repair signs of ageing. It does this by promoting a youthful complexion[2], encouraging resilient skin. It also fights hyperpigmentation[3] from sun damage, age spots, and acne marks, for an even-toned complexion. Overall, it’s supports to keep your skin‘s immune system strong.


Where does Superoxide Dismutase derive from?

And we paid attention to that!

The Superoxide Dismutase we is COSMO certified. It is 100% vegan, pure and derived from a plant source delivering it to you in organic quality. Organic SOD as an ultra-pure extract from melons. Only organic cantaloupe melons that are free of pesticides are used to obtain the unique plant extract. The plant extract is obtained in a highly pure, gentle manufacturing process using biotechnology. In this process neither solvents nor unnecessary chemical additives are used. The result is a pure, highly concentrated extract which is particularly rich in the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD).




[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16254584

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14736885

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