The Dangers of Sun Damage

Posted on January 11, 2017

 

Now, we know at the minute, it’s pretty hard to think about the sun doing any damage to our skin as the sky proudly displays a permanently overcast, grey face. However, it’s around this time that we all start daydreaming about our summer holidays, gazing outside of our office windows at the miserable weather and imagining ourselves lying on a beach somewhere; the scorching hot sun beating down on us.

Getting away every year for a bit of sun and vitamin D is a tradition for most Brits and whilst we might come back from our holidays feeling refreshed and revived, we need to be careful of the damage that exposure to the sun can do to our skin.

 

Who is at risk for sun damage?

 

In short: everyone. Everyone can potentially be harmed and burnt by the sun. However, people who are at most risk of getting burnt and suffering sun damage, are those who have fair/pale skin, blue eyes, freckles and red/ginger hair.

 

Short-term damage

 

Sunburn is the most common result of overexposure to the sun and a lot of us have fallen foul to the sun abroad; resulting in red, hot, itchy and incredibly painful skin. This often follows with dryness, tightness and the inevitable peeling (some love it some hate it!).

But just because you don’t burn doesn’t mean you’re not doing damage to your skin. Getting a lovely deep, golden tan is something that many of us long for but achieving this actually is harming our skin. The process of tanning, is actually damaging to skin. Which brings us onto long-term damage.

 

Long-term damage

 

Excessive sun worshipping over the years, whether you burn or not, can cause long-term damage to the skin. The long-term effects can include premature skin ageing, wrinkling, pigmentation and brown spots, sun spots and in severe cases, skin cancer.

Long-term use of sunbeds can also be incredibly harmful and damaging to your skin. Many people prepare for a holiday filled with bikini-wearing, beach pictures by attempting to get a bit of a tan beforehand. However, sunbeds just aren’t worth the risk.

 

Prevention

 

You’ve probably heard it all before but we really want to hammer it home! You can prevent sun damage in a number of ways:

  • Avoid the sun between the danger times of 11am-3pm and stay shaded with umbrellas and hats
  • Use high factor sunscreen when out in the sun and reapply frequently, especially after swimming
  • Stay away from sunbeds
  • Remember to keep hydrated
  • Grab a bottle of fake tan – there are so many great products on the market that can provide you with a natural looking glow, so there’s no need to damage your skin!

Treatment options for sun damaged skin

If you’ve been a bit of a sun worshipper over the years, there are some treatment options available to you to help combat aesthetic sun damage. Here at Rejuvenate, we offer a range of treatments that tackle pigmentation, both light and dark in colour. Depending on the individual, we offer skin peels, including a Professional Strength Pigmentation Peel, Fractional Mesotherapy and Micro Needling. To find out more about our hyperpigmentation treatments in Manchester, contact us at Rejuvenate. However, we hope you take our advice about the dangers of sun damage on board and you actually don’t have to come and see us for treatment. How many skin clinics would proclaim that ay?

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