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Absolutely everything is made of molecules. You, me and the trees, we are all just molecules. These molecules are made out of atoms and the atoms are made from pairs of electrons. The problem arises when an atom turns up missing an electron. Missing electrons happen every day. Breathing, UV exposure, pollution and even smoking all destroy electron bonds. After a bond is broken, the single odd ball electron is now considered a free radical.


Unfortunately for our skin, free radicals are very unstable and will try to grab another electron to gain their stability again. They generally attack the nearest stable molecule to steal an electron. When that molecule now loses its electron, it too becomes a free radical, beginning a domino effect. Once the process is started, it can cascade, finally resulting in the destruction of a living cell.


Free radicals damage everything they contact. They contribute to photo-aging by causing oxidative stress to cells in all layers of the skin. They disrupt proper cell function and prevent proper cellular repairs. This allows for prolific cellular damage, decay and abnormal cellular growth.


Unbalanced electron damages can appear on your skin in numerous forms. Pigmentation, or brown spotting is probably the most common complaint. But broken blood vessels and skin that is slack and loose from damaged elastin is a close second. Free radicals can also break down collagen fibers and thus stimulate new wrinkles.


Collagen is made up of numerous atoms and electrons all perfectly balanced. If a free radical was created by your sun tanning this afternoon, it is going to search out another electron. If it grabs one from your collagen fiber, NOW your fiber is damaged and there are more free radicals running around anew. Now the collagen becomes dysfunctional and loses its elastic quality.


Vitamin C is a very powerful and well researched antioxidant that can stop the damages before they happen. It is considered a scavenger, with the single minded goal to prevent cell and tissue damages. It can neutralize the free radicals by donating one of its own electrons. This in effect ends the electron stealing attacks. Vitamin C never becomes a free radical after donating electrons because it is stable in any form. 


Your answer to free radicals is Vitamin C! 

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