Antioxidants are essential to an anti-aging skin care routine. They play an important role in fighting and preventing free-radical damage, a process in which a molecule missing an electron attacks healthy skin cells. It is believed that free-radicals are the cause of all aging and age-related diseases. Antioxidants scavenge for free-radicals and basically kill them.
Antioxidants occur naturally in plants as a self-preserving system. Most plant oils contain vitamin E, explaining why you can leave vegetable oils out on a shelf for years and they remain in pristine condition.
Using natural products is a surefire way to get large doses of antioxidants on your skin. Botanical ingredients are packed with vitamins E, A, carotenoids and polyphenols. Some of the highest sources include soy bean oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, rosehip oil, and sea buckthorn oil.