How Does Sun Overexposure Affect Our Skin?
The summer is already here and most of us cannot resist the temptation to just go outside and enjoy life. In the summer days, we tend to spend our free time on the beach, in the great outdoors, at the park, or just in our own backyard.
Unfortunately, the sun rays can damage unprotected skin. In fact, we should always take care of our skin in advance; otherwise, we may suffer from some irreversible conditions. Though sunlight is very important for the synthesis of vitamin D, long periods of sun exposure are not that healthy.
Sunlight can make you look old
According to a study by the World Health Organization, the visible signs of aged skin are due to overexposure to the sun. Though 48-page report focuses on different topics such as sunburn, skin cancer, inflammation, tanning, eye inflammation and many more, it outlines that overexposure to sunlight can make our skin look older than it really is.
“Chronic overexposure to the sun can change the texture and weaken the elasticity of the skin. Sun induced skin damage causes premature wrinkling, sags and bags, and easy bruising. Up to 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to ageing may be caused by sun exposure.”
This is also called ‘photoaging’ and some of the symptoms of photoaging include dry skin, loose skin, pigmentation, wrinkles, and spider veins.
The good news is that you can easily prevent this from happening by using good quality sunscreen and Manuka honey cream. If you are not familiar with the benefits of Manuka honey, check this article.
Tanning’s real purpose
We got to the beach to take sunbaths but more often than not we get sunburnt. Though this golden tan is very appealing, it is actually a natural reaction of our body, trying to protect itself. The UV rays force our skin cells to produce melanin, which ultimately gives our skin its tanning. Unfortunately, this is a sign that our skin suffers from oxidative stress, which is not OK. The same process happens in bananas and apples when they turn brown.
If you take sunbaths for years and years without protecting your skin, UV may damage your DNA, which later in life can result in melanoma and actinic keratosis.
Since nobody likes aged skin it’s advisable to take actions in advance and protect your skin from UV. We are not saying you should not enjoy summer, of course, you should but give your skin the treatment it deserves.