The most obvious and common harm the sun causes, are sunburns. With the ultraviolet rays emitted from the sun, there are several known effects caused by these harmful rays. Where you may be looking for some relaxing time under the sun to work on a sun kissed bronze-tone skin, over time exposure to the sun can contribute to a number of skin problems in addition to sunburns. According to research, 80% of the contributing causes to aged skin is the UV rays from the sun. With that in mind, we at The Skin Body and Refinery would like to share a few of the most common issues derived from sun damage.
What Does the Sun Do to Your Skin?
1) Fine Lines and Wrinkles. Most of the damage is already done to your skin by the time you notice the sunburn. The 2 proteins that keep skin smooth are broken down by the sun; collagen and elastin. Leading to physical changes like wrinkles and lines is the damages skin cell DNA over time with overexposure to the sun.
2) Sun Spots. A chemical called melanin is produced by the skin cells and they are what protects the skin from the sun’s harmful effects. Too much sun can cause melanin to ‘clump’ together, ironically enough, which results in flat brown or black splotches known as sun spots or age spots.
3) Dry Skin. Since the skin is deprived of the natural hydration and moisture it requires, overexposure to the sun will leave skin dry, which looks rough, ashy, and flaky.
4) Actinic Keratosis. Actinic Keratosis (AK), is the result of overexposure of UV rays that causes the formation of dry, scaly, and crusty patches on the skin. Left untreated this condition is more severe than dry skin as it can lead to cancer, which is source of nearly 10% of skin cancer.
How to Protect Skin from Sun Damage
Prevention of sun damage is the optimal approach for your skin’s health. Even when the weather is overcast, UV rays can reach your skin and cause sunburns and damage. Whenever you intend to spend any time under the sun apply the following preventive measures to your routine:
– Wearing sunglasses.
– Wearing summer scarves.
– Wear wide-brimmed hats.
– Apply sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 15 or higher according to your skin type.
Chemical Peels & More to Reverse Sun Damage in Waco, Texas
Include a regimen of cleansing, moisturizing, and exfoliating on a routine basis and invest in quality products. Always stay hydrated by choosing water more often than other beverages of choice. To repair and reverse the effects of sun damaged skin, visit The Skin Body and Refinery for effective treatments such as chemical peels and SkinCeutical products to help prevent sun damage in the first place. We can help you give your skin a healthier, smoother, and younger looking appearance. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.