Free radicals are cells that have lost a molecule from environmental or other factors and attack healthy cells to steal that molecule back. They’re like pirates, looting healthy cells and turning them into free radical “zombies” that attack other healthy cells, a process that if left unchecked can result in a serious buildup of free radical cells, leading to illness and aging.
Antioxidants check this process by donating a molecule to a free radical, effectively making it whole again. Our body manufactures some antioxidants but not nearly enough to counter the challenges of the day. It’s necessary to supplement this process with antioxidants in our skincare products and in our diet (blueberries, strawberries, nuts, and dark green veggies are all high in antioxidants).
The most common antioxidants in skin care products are vitamins C and E. Recently it’s been shown that CBD is a more powerful antioxidant than either vitamin C or E, making it the new king of the hill when it comes to antioxidant protection for the skin.