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TOTAL OXIDATION MANAGEMENT (TOM) is a lifestyle approach that combines the use of topically applied fresh-dried antioxidant vitamins along with making smart choices that minimize your overexposure to oxidizing elements. But before you can make these lifestyle changes, you first need to understand what "oxidizing" means and how it causes you to age. Oxidation is the end result of exposure to oxygen (which is all around you), compounded by constant and intermittent, aggressive exposure to elements such as wind, water or sun. Oxidation affects our appearance. A typical example of oxidation on an object is rust on iron. A better example of how oxidation affects our bodies can be compared to repeated washing of a favorite shirt. You probably want that shirt to last and look new as long as it can. Eventually, however, through repeated washing and drying, the shirt will begin to fade and wear out. Think of your skin and hair like the fabric of that shirt: while outside elements will begin to wear it down, how you care for it depends on how good it looks and how long it lasts. And this is where TOTAL OXIDATION MANAGEMENT comes in. If oxidation is causing you to age faster, then it just makes sense that you need to manage that oxidation. Free radicals, the culprits that cause aging, are created by oxidation. Sunburn is a typical example of free radical damage caused by oxidation. Overexposure to sun causes free radicals to form on your skin. Free radicals are unhealthy molecules missing an electron which try to steal one from other, healthy molecules. In doing so, free radicals create more dysfunctional molecules, and that leads to unhealthy cells, which results in skin appearing old. The purpose of TOTAL OXIDATION MANAGEMENT is to prevent the formation of free radicals and to help normalize existing free radicals to prevent them from spreading.