How the Sun Can Damage Your Skin
Most people believe the worst the sun can do to the skin is a temporary burn. However, the sun can damage the skin a little more than that. In fact, prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause problems such as premature ageing.
Due to the problems sun can cause, it is important for patients to protect their skin against harmful sunrays all year round. To learn more about your skin and the damage the sun can cause, please read the information provided by The Dr Lanzer Clinic below.
How Can Tanning or Sunburn Cause Long-Term Problems with the Skin?
When we tan, the skin increases the production of melanin. Melanin is a compound that gives our skin the darker and more tanned colour. When a tan is formed, it is done to protect the deeper layers of the skin against damage.
In some cases, the production of melanin can cause problems with skin pigmentation. When the melanin does not produce evenly across the skin, the patient can experience irregular colouring and excessive pigmentation.
Of course, a sunburn is also a possibly when encountering the sun often and for longer periods of time. When the skin burns, the outer layers of the skin will start to release certain chemicals. These chemicals cause the blood vessels to swell and cause a leaking of fluids. Over time, the visible damage to the skin disappears, but the damage to the deeper layers has been done.
What Are the Cosmetic Effects of Sun Damage to the Skin?
Excessive sunlight can cause all types of problems with your skin and how it looks. Wrinkles, creasing, loose skin, sagging skin, and even pigmentation can all be results of prolonged sun exposure.
In addition to the common types of skin damage we mentioned, patients can also encounter a problem called solar keratoses. Solar keratoses is a condition where the patient encounters scaly raised lesions. These lesions can vary in colour and in size. They appear in areas that are exposed to the sun most often. While a condition such as solar keratoses is not harmful, it can cause some problems with aesthetics on the skin. So, many people will talk to a cosmetic surgeon to get sun spots removed, a result from solar keratoses.
What Other Conditions Can Arise from Insufficient Sun Protection?
Aside from premature ageing and solar keratoses, sun damage can cause severe damage to the structure of skin cells. Since the skin’s immune system can become impacted because of this damage, it can lead to cancerous cells. Naturally, this means sun protection is essential for just more than cosmetic reasons.
How Do I Protect My Skin Against the Sun?
There are many ways to protect your skin against the sun. Below, we have listed the most important things you can do to protect your skin, so be sure to read on if you want to ensure optimal sun protection.
Using the appropriate sunscreen to block some of the harmful sunrays is essential to protect yourself, so patients should always use enough sun lotion.
The right type of sun lotion is important too. Many people use a sun lotion with a low SPF, mainly because they want to sunbathe and still maintain a tan. However, to enjoy the best protection against sun damage, it is recommended to use a sun lotion with an SPF of at least 30.
When you go swimming or encounter water after the application of sun lotion, it is important to reapply your sun lotion at least every two hours. Even waterproof lotion can be affected by swimming, so always generously apply your sun lotion to stay protected.
Avoid the Sun During Peak Times
There are certain times of day where the sun is at its strongest. Thus, it is recommended to avoid direct contact with the sun during these times. Between 10 am and 2 pm, it is best to remain in the shade or stay inside altogether.
Of course, avoiding contact with the sun during these times is not always possible. You may have work commitments that require you to travel during these times of day, which means you will encounter the sun at its peak time. If you do have to go out during this time, always make sure you put on enough sun lotion. You can also wear a wide hat to cover your face and neck and protect it against direct sunlight.
Look After Your Skin
In addition to protecting your skin against the sun, you should make sure you take good care of your skin too. Use a good moisturiser and cleanse the skin regularly to remove any impurities. If you need some assistance with your skincare routine, or if you have some problems relating to sun damage, be sure to contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic for assistance.
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