Remember, electrons always want to maintain the buddy system so they can stay safe and “balanced." But, there are certain compounds, made up of many molecules and atoms, which happen to contain an extra electron that they can donate to a free radical without making themselves unstable. These atoms are known as antioxidants. To fight free radicals, antioxidants are your greatest weapon and armor.
You're exposed to free radicals every day, so while you can't avoid them entirely, you can turn to powerful antioxidants to help protect your skin and overall health. Antioxidants are vitamins and other nutrients that help protect your cells from the damaging effects of free radicals. Vitamins A, C, and E are some of the most well-known antioxidants.
When antioxidants encounter free radicals, which have unbalanced electrons, the antioxidants bind to them, immediately delivering their extra electron to the free radical, returning them to balance before they can harm your cells.
Not sure where to find antioxidants? You might be surprised to learn they’re in many of the foods and drinks you consume on a daily basis -- like kale, spinach, raspberries, blueberries, dark chocolate, coffee and tea. Make it a goal to add more dark, leafy vegetables and colorful fruits to your diet if you don’t eat them already, and drink one cup of green tea per day.
Applying a vitamin C serum to your skin is another great way to get antioxidants. A vitamin C serum will help build collagen, which will fill in lines and wrinkles. It can also help protect your skin from harmful, free-radical-producing UVB rays.
Unfortunately, free radicals are a product of the world and environment around us. Luckily by adding more antioxidants, with their extra electrons, into our diets and skin-care routine, you can help slow the damaging effects that free radicals have on our body and skin.