What is a free radical?
A free radical is an uncharged molecule (typically highly reactive and short-lived) having an unpaired valence electron. The simpler explanation is that they're atoms or molecules with an unpaired electron. These uncharged molecules can be generated by pollution, UV rays, and lifestyle choices (alcohol, cigarette smoke.)
How do they affect my skin?
Since free radicals have unpaired electrons, they're constantly seeking out that missing electron to gain stability. Free radicals "steal" electrons from the collagen and elastin in your skin, which are the proteins that keep your skin firm and wrinkle-free.
In essence, free radicals are stealing their missing electrons from the things that keep your skin young and beautiful!
How can you prevent that from happening?
Antioxidants are molecules that lend their electron to the damaging free radicals, protecting the atoms and molecules that are so precious to us: our collagen and elastin.
Antioxidants are the superheroes to our free radical villains. They protect our skin from sagging, fine lines, and wrinkles.