The sun comes up every morning and a warm sunny day is the image of perfect weather in most people’s minds. Many people even think they look better with at least a little tan on their skin. Sure, we have to watch out for sunburn, but other than that, how bad could regular sun exposure possibly be?
As it turns out, it can be pretty bad.
The sun’s UV rays are a major contributor to aging. For proof, simply compare the skin of somebody who has spent hours every day outside for years with somebody who shuns the sun.
Besides sunburn, sun exposure can:
- Dry out your skin by breaking down and vaporizing moisture and essential skin oils
- Break down collagen deep inside your skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles
- Cause broken capillaries that need to be fixed with laser treatments
- Create actinickeratosis – tiny, hardened bumps of skin that can feel like sandpaper and need to be frozen or chemically treated to remove
- Cause a type of skin cancer called melanoma (actinickeratosis is actually a risk factor for melanoma!)
Stay Safe in the Sun
While the sun can do terrible things to your skin, you don’t have to live like a vampire just to keep your skin in good condition! You just need to take precautions to prevent skin damage from overexposure to the sun’s rays.
Here are a few tips:
- Wear sunscreen. Put on a facial moisturizer with sunscreen that has at least SPF 30 if you’re going to be outside for more than 20 minutes. Going with a higher SPF is better, of course, and you should reapply sunscreen every hour or so.
- The sun dries out your skin, and dry skin is even more susceptible to skin damage.
- Take breaks from the sun. Go indoors or into the shade every now and then
and most importantly…
- Cover up! Wear cool, loose fitting clothing and a hat with a brim to minimize your contact with direct sunlight.
Dealing with Sunburn and Skin Damage from the Sun
Once you have a sunburn, you can’t get rid of it easily. The most important thing to do is to catch a sunburn early, before it starts to hurt! Look at yourself in the mirror and see if there are any unusually red patches of skin. That’s a sure sign of a burn.
You should immediately apply some moisturizer that has aloe vera in it, which helps soothe and heal sunburns. If you have blisters from a really bad burn, don’t mess with them! Let them heal. Take a dose of ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain both for comfort and because swelling itself can be bad for your skin.
White Tea Med Spa
Broken capillaries, fine lines, and wrinkles from long- and short-term sun damage can be disheartening, especially if you notice ones that just won’t go away no matter how well you moisturize and exfoliate. At White Tea Med Spa, we can recommend several non-invasive spa treatments that help reverse the effects of skin damage from the sun and can leave your skin looking wonderfully rejuvenated.
In addition to laser treatments for broken capillaries, we offer ReFirme treatments for fine lines and wrinkles. It penetrates deep into the skin and tightens up existing collagen that has gone slack with age and sun damage, instantly making your face look better. It also stimulates long-term collagen production to help keep skin damage at bay.
We also offer light chemical peels. They don’t take long and generally require no recovery time. They offer deeper exfoliation than what you can do at home and can visibly improve your skin’s appearance.
Please contact us today for a consultation. We will work with you to learn your desired results and to recommend a treatment that will help you achieve it.