How the Sun Damages Your Skin
The skin is the largest organ of the body. It protects against disease, maintains a steady body temperature, controls moisture content, produces vitamin D and removes toxins. Skin damage from the sun does not appear immediately. The damage is cumulative over years of exposure, and it is associated with aging.
The natural aging process begins in our mid-20s. Several signs of aging are apparent over time. Signs of aging are wrinkles, dry skin and sagging skin. Age spots, a spotted complexion and freckles may appear. Exposure to the sun accelerates the aging process, and exposure to the sun can be deadly.
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and the number of cases is rising. Skin cancer is caused by ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun. Ultraviolet light reaches the surface of the earth on sunny days, and it penetrates through cloud cover.
It feels good to soak up the sunshine and get a tan. A tan is a symbol of a fun and active lifestyle. Unfortunately, a tan destroys the top layer of skin cells. Tanning beds are not safer than a tan from the sun.
It is not difficult to prevent skin damage. A few precautions should be taken when going outside. Wear a wide brimmed hat to prevent UV rays from reaching the ears, nose, lips and face. Canvas hats block UV rays better than straw hats.
Cover up and use sunscreen. A thick coat of sunscreen is more effective than a thin coat. Waterproof sunscreens are available to use when swimming. Sunscreen is absorbed into the outer layer of the skin. Apply it at least 20 minutes before going outside, and reapply the sunscreen approximately every two hours.
Skin damaging ultraviolet light from the sun is reflected off concrete, sand and other surfaces. Protect every area of exposed skin, including under the chin, from UV rays.
Proper skin care reduces the wrinkles, fine lines, blotched complexion and dry skin associated with aging. The professionals at El Con Health and Wellness Center in Tucson, Arizona offer many services to help your skin look beautiful, youthful and radiant. Contact El Con Health and Wellness Center today for a free consultation.