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Frequent exposure to the UVA and UVB radiation that is emitted by the sun can damage skin cells and result in the reduction of collagen in the deeper layers of the dermis. This has the net effect of accelerating the natural process of skin aging.

Even though you can wear a high SPF sunblock, many of the retail brands sold in stores do not offer any antioxidant ingredients.

Antioxidants counteract the damage that is caused to the body’s cells by free radicals, which are produced when your cells use oxygen to metabolize nutrients. Free radicals are missing a key electron, which makes them volatile and harmful to a cell’s natural regeneration processes. When a free radical comes into contact with a healthy cell, it can cause damage to the cell walls and other key structures.

Increasing antioxidants in your diet and using an antioxidant sunblock sends needed nutrients to skin cells to carry out effective repairs. Foods with vitamins C and E have antioxidant properties that help mitigate the effects of free radicals. A sunblock with a high SPF that has been fortified with Retin-A and antioxidant ingredients further mitigates and prevents the effects of sun damage.

If you have questions or concerns about sun exposure or if you would like to try one of our antioxidant sunblock products in Bloomington, Illinois, please call Institute for Plastic Surgery at 309.827.3881 for an appointment with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Otis Allen.