Nothing ages the skin faster than the sun, which is one of the primary reasons it’s so important to use daily sun protection. What’s more, the sun’s UVA and UVB rays can lead to the development of skin diseases like melanoma and may worsen existing conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Adding a daily sunscreen to your regular skincare routine can not only help improve the appearance of your complexion, but may also help to significantly increase your skin’s overall health.
What Are UV Rays?
Ultraviolet, or UV, rays are a type of electromagnetic radiation that is emitted by the sun and is invisible to the human eye. UV radiation is further described by wavelength, including UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays have a longer wavelength than UVB rays, but both of these types of UV light can penetrate the earth’s atmosphere and our skin (The Skin Cancer Foundation).
Prolonged exposure to UV rays can lead to a number of skin concerns, including premature aging due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin; dry, dehydrated or burnt skin; dark spots; and skin cancer.
The Common Signs of Sun Damage
Despite many myths about “base tans” being a healthy or safe way to ease your skin into sun exposure, the truth is that no amount of tanning is safe. The skin begins to darken, or tan, by releasing melanin in response to radiation. So in reality, any level of tanned skin is actually a sign of potential skin damage. Other common signs of sun damage to the skin include:
- Premature lines and wrinkles
- Sagging skin
- Dark spots
- Patches of dry, irritated or burned skin
- Visible blood vessels
How to Help Prevent Sun Damage
As the saying goes, the best defense is a good offense – especially when it comes to sun protection. Applying a daily sunscreen or combination of moisturizer with sunscreen can help to keep your skin protected from the sun, even on cloudy or overcast days, as UV rays can penetrate clouds (American Scientist).
In addition to wearing sunscreen each and every day, you can:
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure, especially during the midday hours from noon to 2:00
- Wear sun-protective clothing such as hats, cover-ups and sunglasses
- Avoid deliberate tanning, whether indoor or outdoor
How to Improve the Appearance of Sun Damaged Skin
While maintaining a healthy sun protection routine can work wonders on your skin’s health and appearance, the fact of the matter is that after years of exposure to the sun’s radiation, the signs of sun damage may already be a cosmetic concern. But there is good news. Using the right ingredients in your skincare products may help to improve the appearance of sun damaged skin and restore the look and feel of a more youthful, revitalized complexion.
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The Bottom Line
Following a regular skincare routine that incorporates daily sun protection is essential for maintaining healthy, glowing skin. Sun exposure can be extremely detrimental to not only the appearance and smoothness of your complexion, but also your overall health, as it can lead to a number of different skin cancers. But by following a few simple tips for sun damage prevention, as well as utilizing the best professional-grade products to help reverse its effects, you can help your skin to remain healthy – radiant and looking great.