Why the fuss about anti-oxidants and free radicals to Prevent Ageing?
Free radicals have an electron missing and cause cell damage when they “steal” an electron from other atoms. Anti-oxidants pair up with these free radicals helping prevent cell damage.
Free radicals are created as an essential part of life when food is oxidized to create energy, and also from UV radiation or other stress such as smoking. They are highly charged oxygen that cause “oxidisation”. If you’ve seen a peeled apple turn brown, you’ve seen oxidation in action. Oxidization can also cause other health problems in the skin. Antioxidants help prevent oxidization by mopping up free radicals. As antioxidants block the effects of free radicals, they end up being oxidized themselves. But better the ingredients than your skin, right? This is why it’s important to constantly replenish your supply of antioxidants.