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It has been known for a long time now that the sun’s ultraviolet radiation poses multiple threats to the health and longevity of your skin. Prolonged sun exposure, without sun protection measures, easily damages skin cells, impedes collagen production and can temporarily interrupt your skin’s natural process of exfoliation. This effectively accelerates the process of skin aging, and can also lead to issues with hyperpigmentation.

Melanin is produced by your skin’s melanocytes. In the short term, it is designed to help protect the deeper layers of the skin from the damage caused by ultraviolet radiation. In small doses, this pigmentation effect is what causes your skin to tan. Yet prolonged sun exposure damages skin cells and can cause hyperpigmentation, in the form of dark spots.

Excess and prolonged sun exposure without a high SPF rated sunblock will eventually lead to sunburn. When this happens the skin cells in the upper and even middle layers of the skin, start to die. The healing and regeneration process can be slow. In some cases, the damage to the skin can be permanent.

If you know you are going to be exposed to the sun for a prolonged period of time, you should apply one of the antioxidant sunblock’s offered by Simmons Plastic Surgery to help protect your skin. The antioxidant ingredients also help nourish your skin and maintain its natural repair processes. It’s a good idea to reapply the sunblock frequently and use a lip balm with SPF rating.

If you are concerned about the effects of sun exposure or you would like to try one of our high-quality antioxidant sunscreens. You should call Simmons Plastic Surgery’s office in Lexington, South Carolina at 803-490-7644 to find the sun protection measures that are right for you.