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Do you want to preserve your clear, glowing skin? If so, we urge you to invest in a high-quality sunblock to protect you skin from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Prolonged exposure to the sun accelerates the process of skin aging, while also increasing your chances of developing skin cancer in the future.

There is a special type of skin cells called Melanocytes. These cells generate the pigment melanin when exposed to the sun. Melanin is designed to help protect the deeper layers of the skin from the damage caused by UV radiation. In the short term, this is what causes you to tan, but prolonged exposure causes damage to skin cells and can lead to the premature development 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.

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 offered by Institute for Plastic Surgery to help protect your skin and nourish its repair processes. Make sure you reapply the sunblock as needed. It’s also a good idea to also use a lip balm with SPF rating.

Healthy, radiant skin helps you look and feel young, which will increase your confidence and comfort in your body. If you’re unsure which sunblock is right for you or you would like more information about sun exposure, please feel free to call Institute for Plastic Surgery at 309.827.3881 to schedule an appointment.