What antioxidants don't do Now that we have you thinking that antioxidants are the anti-aging miracle you've been looking for, here's the bad news: Antioxidants help prevent aging, but they don't do anything to get rid of the wrinkles you already have. "I think people throw antioxidants into a category with retinol and peptides," says Baumann. "But they work very differently than those ingredients. Antioxidants help prevent the breakdown of elastin." Meanwhile, retinols speed up cell turnover, and peptides tell your skin to make more collagen. Bottom line: Remember to use an antioxidant serum underneath your sunscreen every day -- it might just be what keeps you looking young.
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