Beauty

How Damaging to Your Skin the Sun Can Be

sun damages skinYou should think twice before you go out to enjoy outdoor activities without proper skin protection. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can seriously damage your skin, though it might not be apparent until much later.

Many health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, do not recommend tanning activity, since it can significantly increase your risk of skin cancer. It's vital to take skin protection seriously, because sun exposure can create noticeable blemishes, permanently disfigure your skin, and even lead to serious internal health concerns.

Wrinkles

Most of us worry about developing premature wrinkles, which can make us look much older than we are. The sun can damage your skin by decreasing elasticity, which leads to the development of both thin and wide wrinkles on exposed areas.

Facial wrinkles can be extremely difficult to minimize once they develop, especially if you continue to neglect your skin care. Be proactive about reducing the visibility of wrinkles by applying a moisturizing sunscreen before you go outside each day.

This can protect you against the sun's damaging UV rays while keeping your skin hydrated.

Sunspots

Constant exposure to the sun can lead to the development of mottling on your skin. These colorful dots will spread across areas such as your nose, cheeks, shoulders, hands, and other places that get hit by the sun when you're outdoors.

These changes in your skin's pigmentation can create permanent unwanted marks on your body. Once you develop sunspots, they can be difficult to remove unless you stick to a careful skin care and diet regimen.

Protect yourself by using moisturizers with sunscreen on a regular basis.

Dryness

The sun can dehydrate your body, which leads to dry, cracked, or peeling skin. You might experience this on your lips when you spend a lot of time outdoors, but the effect can also develop on other areas of your skin after exposure to the sun.

When you spend time outdoors, bring a facial moisturizer and protective lip balm with you. This can keep sensitive areas of your face hydrated.

Melanoma

One of the greatest risks of sun exposure is melanoma, or skin cancer. Keep an eye out for the appearance of moles or discolored areas that grow rapidly in size.

You can reduce the risk of developing melanoma by applying sunscreen to your skin, avoiding prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, and not participating in tanning.

You should prioritize skin protection early, so you'll enjoy better looks and health in your later years. Avoiding bad sun habits will reduce your likelihood of developing premature wrinkles, sunspots, and melanoma.

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