The sun can cause extensive damage to the skin, hence why doctors and dermatologists recommend the regular use of sunscreens. UVA, UVB and UVC can all attack the collagen fibres in the skin. Collagen is the tissue that creates a firm and plump appearance to the skin and fends of aging.
Sun damage causes deeper and more accelerated wrinkles, due to damaged collagen, and dark spots or ‘liver spots’, and free-radical damage. Aside from cosmetic and surface level damage, sun exposure may cause illnesses such as skin cancers, like squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
How can you prevent it?
There are many ways to protect your skin from sun exposure, all year round:
If you wear make-up, choose a base with a minimum SPF-30.
On holiday, or in particularly sunny seasons, wear a hat to shade your face.
Carry a light sunscreen with you and top up your protection throughout the day.
Don’t forget your lips! An SPF lip balm is a handbag essential.
Keep your skin moisturized to help it recover from exposure more efficiently.
Visit your doctor if you have any concerns about skin damage due to sun exposure.
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