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Sun exposure is a major contributing factor that accelerates the process of skin aging. This can also cause a reduction of collagen in the deep dermis layers of the skin and even brown spots on the face and hands. At the same time many consumer grade sunblock brands only offer a modest level of protection and very most of them few do more than simply block out ultraviolet radiation.

One of the primary causes of skin aging is caused by free radicals. Free radicals are produced by your body when your cells use oxygen to metabolize nutrients and conduct other basic cellular functions. Free radicals are missing a key electron, which makes them volatile and unstable. When a free radical comes into contact with a healthy cell it can cause damage in the cell walls, thus reducing the cell’s lifespan.

A healthy diet with key nutrients like vitamins C and E which have antioxidant properties help to mitigate the effects of free radicals. A sunblock with a high SPF that has been fortified with Retin-A and anti-oxidant compounds further helps to protect the skin from the damage of UV light, while also helping to keep your skin looking young, healthy and strong.

If you have questions about what sunblock is right for you or you would like help mitigating the effects of skin aging, please feel free to call Institute for Plastic Surgery at 309.827.3881 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you maintain young, healthy looking skin.