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3 Effects of Sun Damage on Your Face

3 Effects of Sun Damage on Your Face

3 Effects Of Sun Damage On Your Face

It’s no secret that the sun can damage your skin, but the sun is far more dangerous and damaging to the skin than you may realize!

In this article, we’ll talk about just 3 ways the sun can damage your skin!

Speeds up the signs of aging

When you’re young and not yet thinking about the future, it’s easy to simply live in the moment and tell yourself you’ll worry about wrinkles when you’re older.  After all, a tan looks so "healthy."

That is until 10, 20 years later when you’re wishing you had taken better steps to protect your skin, because when it comes to aging, ultimately, prevention is better than cure.

Every time you get a sunburn or even a dark tan, some damage has occurred in your skin. Over time the sun will break down collagen and elastin fibers, and you’ll be left dealing not only with lines and wrinkles and sagging skin, but your skin tone and texture changes, and that can translate to leathery-looking skin as well.   

Causes sun spots or hyperpigmentation

Sunspots, dark spots, call it what you will, are all forms of hyperpigmentation characterized by areas of darker skin tone due to increased melanin production in those areas.

While hormonal factors are a big factor in contributing to hyperpigmentation, so are UV rays. We see these spots often on our hands because this is an area we don’t think of applying sunscreen to, and you may also notice these darker spots more predominantly on the left side of your face from sun exposure while driving.  UVA rays (often called the “Aging Ray”) penetrate through glass.  Yes, tinted windows can provide some UV protection, but there are a lot of variables, and it's not adequate enough protection.  So don't count on tinted windows to provide the protection you need. 

Increases your risk of skin cancer

Of course, UV rays also drastically increase your risk of skin cancer, especially if you aren’t protecting your skin with a high SPF (and damage can still occur even on cloudy or rainy days).

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are related to sun exposure over a number of years.  My brother, a lifelong surfer, and my mom, a devoted supporter of watching her 4 kids play sports in the sun, have had too-many-to count of these skin cancers removed from various parts of their body – including face, arms, calves, thighs and top of feet.  We didn’t realize the damage back then, but we know now. 

Melanoma, on the other hand, is thought to be from brief and intense exposure, think of red, blistering sunburns.  I’m cringing thinking of the days of tanning (and burning) with baby oil.

(And while this article is about sun exposure, let’s don’t forget tanning beds.  According to the American Academy of Dermatology, “Women younger than 30 are SIX times more likely to develop melanoma if they tan indoors.”)

Take care beyond your face, covering up neck and ears and any other areas of skin that will be exposed to the sun. (There's some excellent SPF clothing on the market as well.)  Wear sunglasses and carry your sunblock with you and use as needed so you’re never stranded without it.

And for the ultimate in age-defying skin care, reach for our Vitamin C Brightening Serum. Packed full of vitamins and anti-oxidants, this creamy serum helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plumps and softens skin, and revitalizes and nourishes for a radiant, sun-kissed glow - naturally.

 

We wish you a wonderful and safe rest of summer with happy, healthy skin all season long!  

 Ready for beautiful, healthy-looking skin done simply?  

  • Michele Fieldson

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