Julie Kupersmith, M.D., P.C.

Using Antioxidant Sunblock to Help Prevent Skin Aging

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Sun exposure easily accelerates the natural process of skin aging. This often happens in conjunction with a reduction of collagen in the deeper dermis layers of the skin. Unfortunately, many retail brands of sunblock offer only a modest level of protection against harmful ultraviolet radiation.

At the same time, free radicals are produced by your body when your cells use oxygen to metabolize nutrients while performing 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 cells lifespan.

Increasing antioxidants in your diet and using an antioxidant sunblock helps to provide much needed nutrients to skin cells to help carry out effective repairs as a result of sun exposure. Foods with vitamins C and E 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 or concerns about sun exposure or you are trying to find the most effective antioxidant sun block please feel free to call Dr. Julie E. E. Kupersmith MD at 914.235.5171 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you protect the health of your skin.