A healthy cell, according to Hagen, has balanced protons and electrons. Free radicals -- damaged cells that have protons but are missing electrons -- go to the cells around them and steal electrons to balance themselves, leaving damaged cells in their wake.

Oral or topical anti-oxidants, by contrast, are electron-abundant and wander the body like a care-giver, repairing damage, resulting in better-looking skin.

Antioxidant sources vary widely, but some foods are loaded with them.

The acaĆ­ berry, which recently has gained a reputation as a "superfood," is rich in anti-oxidants. One serving nears the equivalent of 20 pounds of blueberries -- another well-known anti-oxidant.

Ingestible anti-oxidants go throughout the body and blood stream, whereas topical ones only penetrate the skin. For total wellness, both are recommended. These products purportedly not only slow down the look of aging, but also reverse it.

"Water, water, water," clinical esthetician Maureen Virden said. "It's imperative for your skin, especially in Nevada. And always watch what you eat -- it always shows up on your face."

That approach also has been championed by well-known authors such as Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who has written volumes on skin heath and diet alone.

Food is a factor, Perricone points out in a "best and worst foods for skin health" article.

Among the 40-plus foods to avoid are fats, sugars, starches, breads and fried food, Perricone asserts.

But do embrace the 10 super foods: AcaĆ­ berries, alliums, barley, beans and lentils, buckwheat, green foods, hot peppers, nuts and seeds, sprouts, and yogurt and kefir. He also recommends getting sufficient sleep and avoiding stress.

Virden, an advanced skin care specialist at Revelations Salon, also recommends that clients consider skin services such as peels, hydrating facials and microdermabrasion to stimulate and rejuvenate skin
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