Sun Damaged Skin
Who doesn’t like a long lazy sunny day spent by the beach during one of our holiday days. It feels amazing to lounge in the sun, but do you know that in the long run, it can hurt your skin. Over the years, too much time outdoors can put you at risk for wrinkles, age spots, scaly patches called actinic keratosis, and skin cancer. Evidence of those carefree and unprotected hours in the sun now show up on your face, chest, neck and arms. It shows up as sun-damaged skin.
Tanning – the cause of Sun Damaged Skin
Do your know that tanned skin that results from tanning is actually a sign of damage to the skin. A tan may look nice, but that golden color is due to an injury to the top layer of your skin. UVB radiation burns the upper layers of skin (the epidermis), causing sunburns. UVA radiation is what makes people tan. UVA rays penetrate to the lower layers of the epidermis, where they trigger cells called melanocytes (pronounced: mel-an-oh-sites) to produce melanin. Melanin is the brown pigment that causes tanning.
Sometimes the sun causes an uneven increase in melanin production, which produces irregular coloring (pigmentation) of the skin – this is when we see hyperpigmentation on our skin.
SPF – always with you
Preventing sun damage is easier than reversing it. Measures include wearing protective clothing, using sunscreen and avoiding tanning beds.
Up to 95 per cent of the rays that makes it to the Earth’s surface — and your skin — are UVA. These rays are undeterred by cloudy skies or glass. So, avoiding the outdoors isn’t really the answer — covering up, especially with sunscreen, is. You need a broad-spectrum sunscreen, every day all year round, not only during your summer holidays to protect against both. It is really important to protect your skin. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun increases your risk of developing skin cancer in the future. Always use SPF 30 or higher sunscreen when in the sun.
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Sun Damaged Skin – changes in our skin
Every time you go outdoors without sun protection or use a tanning bed, ultraviolet (UV) light damages your skin. With time, this damage builds up and you see changes to your skin, which can make you look years older than you naturally would.
These changes include:
- Ultraviolet light in daylight damages the fibers in your skin called elastin and collagen. When that happens, it begins to sag and stretch.
- Too much sun causes some areas of your skin to appear darker, while others look lighter.
- You get these on areas of your body that are exposed to the sun. Freckles aren’t bad for you. But some cancers in the earliest stages can look like one. See your doctor if the size, shape, or color of a spot changes, or if it itches or bleeds.
Blotchy or ruddy complexion
Treatments for Sun Damaged Skin
While much of the damage is permanent, professional treatments and a correct skincare routine at home can reduce some signs of sun damage. To treat signs of ageing, book an advanced skin treatment with our Skin Expert who will access what is the best for your skin. We offer a bespoke skin treatments that will be perfect remedies for your sun-damaged skin after your holidays. Active ingredients used during the professional facial will help to treat the different signs of ageing. It also helps to give you a natural and healthy appearance.
Additionally, use a skincare product at home that help your skin restore your’s skin health after sun exposure. If you can’t visit our skin Esse&co Skin Clinic London, we can schedule an online consultation, where you will be advised what is the best for your skin.