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12 Products That Fight Free Radicals Because Your Skin Needs a Hero

Your skin care routine could use a (free) radical change
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Free radicals — we've all heard about them and seen at least one or two stories touting how the right products can reduce the effects of the dastardly particles. Yet few of us know what free radicals actually are. Before we move on to our radical-fighting skin care roundup, here's a little science lesson.

What is a free radical?

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, free radicals occur when atoms become reactive. This happens when atoms aren't surrounded by enough electrons, forcing them to bond with another atom to use its electrons to complete the outer shell. And, just like that, a free radical is born. While many people think that free radicals are floating in the air, they're naturally created in the body as a response to things such as pollution, smoking, unhealthy diets, sun exposure and so on. Once they're created, the oxidative process sets in, causing everything from fine lines and wrinkles to dark spots and more serious skin care concerns. So when you hear about a beauty product that combats free radicals, it's not putting up a shield that makes them bounce off your skin, it's helping to prevent those outside elements from getting the chance to create them in your body.

Now that you're all caught up on what a free radical really is, let's talk products. The best thing you can do for your skin to protect it from forming free radicals is to load up on antioxidants. Here are 12 skin care heroes to protect your skin with each and every use.

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Super-charged with eight hydrators, 10 antioxidants and a 12.5 percent Nutrient Complex, this thirst-quenching day cream is like a health supplement for your skin. The super-concentrated formula is powered by marrubium stem cells and moringa extract to create a protective barrier against outside pollution, shielding skin from producing free radicals. This powerful product also works to fight everything from inflammation and breakouts to uneven skin tone and premature signs of aging.

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This replenishing, antioxidant-rich serum is powered by a chronopeptide that mimics the benefits of vitamin D, along with omega-rich marula oil, black currant seed oils and vitamin F fatty acids. When applied, not only will your skin be protected from pollution and environmental stressors, but it will flaunt a dewy, bronze glow that looks fresh off the beach.

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Vitamin C, vitamin E and Ferulic acid come together to create the ultimate hero product to fight free radicals. Clinically proven to delivered unparalleled anti-aging results, you can expect an increase in collagen products, a decrease in free radical damage and an overall more youthful-looking complexion as a result.

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Dermalogica Biolumin-C Serum, $69.60
Everyone can use a vitamin C boost every once in a while. This particular serum is packed with antioxidants to help combat oxidative stress while boosting a brighter, firmer complexion with continued use.

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