Did you know that you are just as at risk for long-term sun damage on a cloudy day as a sunny day? Sun damage that causes wrinkles comes from the UVA rays of the sun, which can penetrate your skin even on cloudy and overcast days.
About Sun Damage:
- Sun damage is caused by unprotected exposure to the UVA and UVB rays of the sun. The UVA rays of the sun accelerate the aging process and cause hyperpigmentation, which can create wrinkles, collagen loss, discolorations, and swollen blood vessels. The UVB rays of the sun are the cause of sunburns, and they will damage the outer layer of the skin.
- Sunspots, also called hyperpigmentation, are the most common sign of sun damage. They are created by an overproduction of melanin that the skin produces to protect itself from UV damage. These flat spots are brown in color and normally appear on the cheeks, nose, shoulders, chest, and hands.
What Can You Do?
- Protect yourself from the sun any time of day or year. Use a sunblock that protects from UVA and UVB rays containing zinc oxide at a minimum SPF of 30. Apply this to all sensitive areas, especially your complexion, lips, chest, and hands.
- Don't use a tanning bed! Most tanning beds still emit UVA rays that cause skin cancer, according to the FDA.
- Use a bronzer. Using a fake tanner is the safest alternative versus risking dangerous sun exposure.
What to Avoid:
- Unprotected sun exposure is at its worst in the late morning and early afternoon from 11 AM to 3 PM.
How to Look Your Best:
- Skin Rejuvenation: Light energy is absorbed by the damaged tissue, and collagen production is stimulated, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
- Chemical Peel: A series of treatments exfoliates the skin and promotes cellular turnover that slows down the aging process.
- Microdermabrasion: Vigorous, medical-grade exfoliation removes the buildup of dead surface skin cells and improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
- FractionalRx: A series of treatments significantly reduces fine lines and wrinkles, including those focused around the eyes and mouth.