While lazing in the sun feels good, and it does have benefits – lifting moods and giving us vitamin D – if you get too much sun you are putting yourself at risk of disease and damage.
Here we take a look at some of the risks of too much sun, and what you can do to prevent or sometimes even repair damage.
Many of us love to get suntanned and feel we look so much more attractive with a sun-kissed glow. But, the beauty will be short-lived. That golden colour is actually an injury to the top layer of skin. And, as you soak up the rays, your skin’s ageing process is speeding up.
UV rays from the sun damage elastin, causing skin to sag and wrinkle. To prevent this damage, stay out of the sun, or at least use a high-protection, broad-spectrum sunscreen and stay indoors during the hottest part of the day.
Uneven skin tone
The sun messes with the lovely, even skin tone of our youth, and can leave skin with uneven pigmentation – brown or white patches. The small blood vessels can also be damaged by the sun, leaving a reddish appearance. Again, the only way to avoid this is to stay sun safe and protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays.
Exposing your eyes to too much UV light can cause cataracts. Wear good sunglasses, with proper UV protective lenses, and a hat to protect your eyes.
There are many types of skin cancer caused by the sun, and the disease is on the rise. Any strange-looking moles or patches of skin should be investigated by a doctor immediately.
What can I do if I have already suffered sun damage?
Sun damage that shows now may have actually been caused years ago, so even if you now practice safe-sun exposure, the chances are you already have damage.
Some of the damage to your skin can be reversed with good skin products and treatments. Consult a dermatologist or aesthetics doctor to find out what can be done to help your skin.
Free sun-damage skin consultations
Our aesthetics doctor offers free skin consultations, so she can assess any sun damage to your skin and advise which treatments or products may help. We also offer free skin cancer checks* for anyone who is concerned about a mole or patch of skin.
What type of treatments can help sun-damaged skin?
There are many treatments that can help to improve skin that has been damaged by the sun. We offer treatments to resurface the skin, improve pigmentation, stimulate collagen production and tone and firm the skin. We also supply medical-grade skincare products, many of which can treat signs of ageing caused by the sun.
At your free consultation we can assess your particular needs and advise on the best treatments or product regimes for you.
*Only one free skin cancer check is available per person. If you have already had a free skin cancer check there will be a charge for any subsequent checks.