We all know we need to protect our skin from sun exposure, especially if you live in sunny Southwest Florida. Over exposure can cause skin damage and has been linked to cancer.
You probably already know that you should wear sunscreen when you go outside, but you might not realize exactly how the sun can damage your skin beyond the occasional sunburn. The truth is that although we need a certain amount of sun exposure to be healthy, too much sun exposure can be incredibly damaging.
Here are some of the ways that the sun can damage your skin.
Dryness and irritation
A negative sun side effect that typically starts to show up very quickly is dryness. The sun’s harsh rays quickly suck the moisture out of skin cells, leaving them feeling flaky and dried out. This also can make your skin more prone to irritation.
Another side effect of extensive sun exposure is premature aging. Since the sun dries the skin out, it starts to lose collagen, which is the substance that makes the skin look full and youthful. When you spend a lot of time in the sun, you may start to notice wrinkles and a crepe-y texture on both the face and body. It’s difficult to reverse this damage once it has happened.
Increased risk of skin cancer
When you spend a lot of time in the sun, you’re likely to get dark spots on the exposed areas. This is particularly common for people with very fair skin, as the lack of melanin makes them more vulnerable to the sun’s rays. While these dots are often harmless, it’s important to keep an eye on them, because they sometimes become cancerous.
Sun exposure does put you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer, which could potentially spread to other parts of your body.
Although we all know it’s important to protect your skin from the sun, we may not always remember to do it. It’s important to make an effort to avoid overexposure to the sun, even on cloudy days. Your health and your appearance depend on it.
By Natalia Lazar