Then, there are those free radicals. These are “crazy” oxygen atoms that tear down cells and make them age or even contribute to disease. They come from the sun’s rays and certain chemicals found in the food we eat, the drugs and medicines we take, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. Think of what happens when you cut an apple and leave it exposed to the air! It turns brown and starts to decompose. Dr. Nicholas Perricone, in his book The Wrinkle Cure, talks about the need for antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that help protect against this oxidative damage, both inside and out. Look for skin-care products that contain antioxidants so that you are cleansing, moisturizing, and protecting your skin in a three-part program.