Instead, the wrinkles, brown spots, sagging, and broken blood vessels result from too much time in the sun.

Natural skin aging does produce dryness, some thinning, and loss of elasticity of the skin. The sun's rays, specifically UVA, penetrate deeply into the skin and damage the skin structures and the DNA itself. Eleven minutes of UVA exposure does more damage to the skin than it can repair in 24 hours. The UVA rays break down collagen and elastin tissue, distort blood vessels, cause abnormal brown spots, leading to what we call aging. It even affects the very DNA inside the cells.

Check your face in a mirror, compare the skin on your stomach, or some other sun-protected area. Both are the same age, but the skin will look very different if you're like most people.

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Janell Bailey, LMA
Master Licensed Aesthetician
Dermatology Associates of Seattle

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