Believe it or not, our bodies are always at work, waging war against being overcome by infection and disease, yet normal body functions like breathing and physical activity, or certain habits we may have picked up like smoking all produce substances which are known as free radicals.  These free radicals attack our healthy cells, and when our healthy cells are weakened, they become imbalanced and therefore susceptible to the development of cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancers.  Antioxidants include vitamins C and E and carotenoids, which include beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein, all help to protect our healthy cells from becoming damaged by free radicals.  We all need to find ways in which we can increase our body’s “armed forces” by increasing our ingestion of and exposure to antioxidants, so that they will do the work of battling the “bad guys.”
 
The ways we can increase our antioxidants involve eating the right foods...foods that are rich in antioxidants like fruits and vegetables.  When eating them in the volume necessary to get a real benefit may not always be easy, there are supplements you can take to ensure that you are getting enough antioxidants in your system.
 
The second way we can (and should) increase our antioxidants is topically.  And while the focus areas are those which are most often exposed to the elements: our faces, necks, arms, hands and legs, our faces and hands tend to absorb and reveal most of the damaging effects created by our harsh environment.  You need to make a point to apply antioxidant cream to your face and hands which contain nutrients like vitamin E, soy and natural oils.  Not only will antioxidant cream work to protect your skin against further damage resulting from environmental exposure to free radicals, but it will even help to “take back the years” and resulting damage caused during a time when you were perhaps less aware of what could happen to your unprotected skin.
 
Contrary to what many people may think, women aren’t the only ones whose bare skin can be harmed by environmental exposure, as men suffer from the very same maladies and damage, and because of this, they need to make an good antioxidant cream a part of their daily regimen.  
 
While no one has successfully developed a time machine allowing us to revisit the past, a good antioxidant cream is, to date, the closest thing we have to it.