Why We Get Wrinkles
Free radicals are molecules that have an odd number of electrons on their outer layer, and are created when our bodies use oxygen. Because electrons want to be paired, rather than in odd numbers, these molecules are highly unstable. Free radicals quickly link up with other molecules and proteins in order to stabilize. Without antioxidants to neutralize these free radicals, the process prevents the cells from functioning as they normally should
Free radicals occur naturally as a byproduct when oxygen is used within our body. Some examples of this are free radicals that are created as our body goes through metabolism, or that are created in order to fight viruses and bacteria. Typically, our body knows exactly how to handle these types of free radicals and they tend to not be a big issue. However, additional free radicals are created through exposure to pollution, excessive amounts of sunlight, smoking, alcohol use and stress – these instances of free radical creation tend to be much harder on the body. Those who are constantly exposed to these free radicals, (such as the politicians that are always under stress, or individuals who frequently smoke or consume alcohol) appear to age much more quickly than those who limit their exposure to these risk factors.
Two of the most visible effects of free radicals are wrinkles and the breakdown of collagen (which in turn causes saggy-looking skin). While it is impossible to stop ourselves from aging or wrinkling altogether, it is possible to slow down the process by limiting our exposure to unnecessary free radicals and through a diet rich in antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals.