General term for a large group of natural and synthetic ingredients that work to reduce free-radical damage and environmental stress on skin. An immense body of research continues to show that antioxidants are a potential panacea for skin’s ills, and ignoring their benefit while shopping for moisturizers (or any products with names like anti-aging or anti-wrinkle or treatment) means you’ll be shortchanging your skin. For much more information on antioxidants and how they work, click here.

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