The sun brings life and happiness to our days, but, do you know what it can do to your skin?
Skin spots are one of the most popular damages that the sun causes to the skin. These spots are never welcome and are just a reflection of inadequate sun exposure.
Let’s see what happens to the skin when you get direct and unprotected exposure to the solar radiation:
- Ageing and wrinkles: People who have spent years of their lives working outdoors develop a more pronounced ageing of their skins, with a greater effect on the texture and elasticity of the skin, greater formation of wrinkles and spots.
- Skin cancer: It is popular that sunlight is a factor involved in causing skin cancer, both basal and squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. 90% of these cancers appear in areas such as; the face, neck, ears, hands and forearms.
- Photoimmunosuppression: Another detrimental effect of sunlight is that it can damage the skin’s specialised immune protection cells. This makes the skin more susceptible to developing infectious processes such as herpes.
- Dark spots: These spots appear when the production of melanin increases abnormally and when the distribution of melanin produced in excess is not distributed evenly on the surface of the skin, accumulating in different areas of the skin and forming unsightly spots.
Now let’s see how you can protect your skin from all these undesirable skin diseases that you don’t want to get:
- A suitable and high sunscreen that needs to be applied at least 20 minutes before getting exposed to the sun, and repeat the application every two hours.
- Avoid sunbathing between 12 noon and 4 in the afternoon as the risk of sunburn is very high.
- The use of umbrellas and hats highly protect you against vertical UV rays.
- While practicing outdoor sports you need to use adequate sunscreen even in the winter months to protect your skin.
- Keep yourself hydrated.
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Nouha is a passionate journalist and a beauty lover with valuable knowledge in the health and wellness industry. Nouha worked closely with nurses and doctors treating patients with diabetes, sleeping disorder and anxiety. Nouha is currently studying to become a nurse at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.