Understanding the Dangers Associated with Sun Exposure


Prolonged exposure to the ultraviolet radiation produced by the sun, can damages skin cells, affect collagen production and interrupt natural process of exfoliation that keeps your skin healthy and young looking. This effectively 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 Cascade Cosmetic Surgery Center and Medical Spa 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.

If you have sun damaged or skin aging related to sun damage, or you would like to know more about the anti-oxidant sunblock products available, please feel free to call Cascade Cosmetic Surgery Center and Medical Spa at 801-762-8989 to schedule an appointment.

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