Many of us enjoy sitting out in the sun during the warm summer months, but it’s important not to have too much of a good thing. Overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) light can be damaging to the skin. After experiencing sun damage, skin can look dry and rough, and you may start to notice a few premature wrinkles. Freckles and skin pigmentation may also appear. In some cases, excessive sun damage is believed to contribute to skin cancer.
So, how does sun damage happen? When your skin is exposed to UV rays, without protection, the rays can damage and even kill skin cells. This can cause dryness and skin pigmentation. As the stratum corneum (outermost layer of the skin) is damaged by UV exposure it thickens and becomes dehydrated, leading to rough, flaky skin. The sun’s rays can also damage the skin’s elastin – fibres that help the skin to stay smooth, supple, and youthful looking.
There are ways to help and improve the appearance of sun damaged skin, as well as protect it from further damage – read on for tips.
With some effective skin care remedies you may be able help to improve the look of sun damaged skin and restore a healthy-looking glow.