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Unprotected sun exposure can pose a significant threat to the health of your skin in various ways. In the short-term sunburn, the sun can damage your skin. 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. On a long enough timeline, unprotected sun exposure promotes the appearance of skin aging.

The melanin produced by your skin’s melanocytes are 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. At the same time, prolonged sun exposure damages skin cells and causes hyperpigmentation in the melanocytes. This can eventually cause stubborn dark spots to appear on skin, hands, and other visible parts of your body.

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 sunblocks sold at 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 an SPF rating.

If you are concerned about the effects of sun exposure in Lexington, South Carolina, you should call 803-490-7644 to schedule an appointment at Simmons Plastic Surgery.