Q&A Article For West MagazinePosted on: 9th June 2017
Q: I have always enjoyed the sun but I am almost approaching my mid 50’s so what damage has really been done to my skin?
A: Although most people love the warmth and light of the sun as well as how it makes them feel, too much sun exposure can significantly damage the human skin. The sun’s heat dries out areas that are unprotected and can deplete the skin’s supply of natural lubricating oils. In addition, the sun’s ultra violet ( UVA/ UVB) radiation can cause burning and long term changes in the skin’s structure.
UVA rays tend to cause the ageing effects on the skin and the UVB rays tend to be responsible for skin burning issues.
The most common types of sun damage to the skin are:
These lesions tend to be an early sign of skin cancer. About 10 -15% of actinic keratoses eventually change into squamous cell cancers of the skin.
Over a lifetime,repeated episodes of sunburn and unprotected sun exosre can increase a persons risk of malignant melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. White Caucasians have less of a dark pigment called melanin, which helps to protect the skin from the effects of UV radiation.
There is no way any one can avoid the sun as it also has its benefits from making feel more positive, alert with increased energy. The sun is also essential for the formation of Vitamin D , an essential vitamin that is necessary for healthy bones. It is recommended to harness the suns Vitamin D producing power by allowing 20 mins of sunlight only per day only.
To avoid DNA damage as much as possible, make sure a physical sunscreen is used daily. I recommend a product that tends to be bought in a Medical Aesthetic Clinic as this will tend to work in the live part of your skin, the dermis. I personally use Image Prevention Plus moisturiser with built in physical sunscreen . This then protects my skin and allows the skin in the deeper layers to start repairing to reduce even further damage to the collagen matrix.
Skin Analysis machines are great at discovering what real damage has been done to the skin. It harnesses different light modalities to help you see how much sun damage , pigmentation and vascular lesions are under your skin , sometimes without the person knowing.
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