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Facial Sun Damage and What You Can Do About It

Sunshine is good for our health, but a lot of exposure to sunlight can damage the skin. You should protect your skin from the dangerous UVA rays. It is important to note that the skin of your little ones is more at risk when exposed to a lot of sunlight. Find a way of enjoying the sunshine safely.

How the sun affects the skin

The sun produces the UVA and UVB rays. These rays affect the skin differently. The UVA rays penetrate into the middle layer of the skin known as the dermis. It is the dermis that is responsible for the elasticity of the skin. Once it is affected by the UVA rays from the sun, it causes wrinkles leading to premature aging of the skin. The UVB, on the other hand, has an impact on the top layer of the skin leading to sun tanning. Read here for more https://patient.info/health/sun-and-health.

Excessive exposure to too much sunshine could damage your skin and may result in skin cancer later on in life. Some of the adverse effects of sunlight are temporal such as sunburn, but these sunburns are predisposing factors to cancer. Make it a point of staying indoors or in the shade when the sun is too hot.

Dangers the sun poses to the skin

Sunburn

Sunburn causes the skin to be red, hot and very painful. They make the skin peel off after a few days. When you develop sunburns, you need to use soothing creams to help reduce the pain. Use after sun lotions that will help cool and moisturize your skin after a refreshing shower or bath. If they are still painful, you may need painkillers like paracetamol or brufen. Consult the doctor if they persist.

Heat exhaustion

You are likely to suffer from heat exhaustion if you spend a lot of time in the sun. A lot of time in the sun causes the body to lose a lot of water, and this causes dehydration. You may feel sick and have severe headaches that could lead to heat stroke which is a serious condition. The best way of treating heat exhaustion is to immediately go to a cool place and drink a lot of water to hydrate the skin. If you don’t respond after a few minutes, you may have to visit the doctor.

Skin damage

Skin damage occurs due to repeated exposure to sunlight over several years. It could lead to skin cancer later on in life. The temporal symptoms of skin damage manifest in the form of premature aging of the skin, brown spots, wrinkling and non-cancerous warty growth on the skin.

Skin cancer

Research shows that 8-9 out of 10 skin cancer cases stem from excessive exposure to UVA rays from the sun. The sun damages the skin cells causing them to be abnormal and cancerous. Children should not be exposed to the sun at all costs because of their delicate skin. Although there are no reported cases of skin cancer among children, continuous exposure to sunlight during their formative years may lead to skin cancer in their adulthood.


How to protect yourself from the effect of sun damage

The effects of sun damage may be so severe and may need cosmetic procedures. Some cosmetic procedures available for you are:

Botox

This injection improves your skin appearance without surgery. It gives you a youthful appearance and reduces the effects of many years of exposure to sunlight. It eliminates the wrinkles in the eyebrow and forehead. It also helps in reduction of frown lines and crow’s feet which may appear with age.

Fractora

This remedy uses RF energy to heat the deep layer of the skin. The patient can see changes almost immediately, and the skin continues to improve several months after the procedure. It helps in reduction of the wrinkles around the eyelids, mouth, smile lines, neck and the forehead.

Chemical peels

It is the easiest to use and does not require skin preparation and a lot of down time. Our derma peel requires only 15 minutes and is painless. It fights wrinkles and fine lines. It can also combat spots and hyperpigmentation. For better results, it is advisable to use it two to four times a year. Our VL peel, on the other hand, will help improve your skin tone, clarity, and texture.

The skin needs protection from the sun. If you have to stay in the sun for longer hours, you have to cover up. Use hats, shades, cover-ups and sunscreen. Ensure that you apply sunscreen appropriately and always rehydrate your skin continuously by drinking a lot of water. If you have severely damaged skin, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Contact us today and let us help you get your youthful skin back.

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