Love the sun a tad too much? Or do you live in a sunny location where it’s inevitable to escape the sun’s bright rays? Such as Las Vegas, where the hot desert climate can scorch your skin and create damaging effects. The sun emits ultraviolet radiation which can cause skin damage. More than 1.2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. That’s the worst case scenario. What about other damaging effects? Here, you’ll learn about how sun radiation can cause skin damage and what skin care measures you should take to protect yourself.

Ultraviolet Rays

The sun emits electronic spectrum that reaches the earth, among them, ultraviolet radiation. Because ultraviolet radiation (UV) has shorter wavelengths than visible light, it’s invisible. Basically, there are two types of UV radiation: UVA (longer wavelength) and UVB (shorter wavelength).  UV exposure is strongest in the summer, though you cannot discount winter time as snow can reflect 85% to 90% of the sun’s rays.

Sun Damage

Dermatologists and scientists warn of the danger of too much sun exposure. Why? UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin surface and is responsible for 90% of the skin damage. It contributes to burning, premature aging of the skin, increase risks of cancer and eye damage (including cataracts). On the other hand, UVB rays affect the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers and it’s responsible for sunburn, skin cancer and photoaging (wrinkles, age spots, fine lines).

Protective Measures

Since skin damage is linked to over sun exposure, it’s paramount to take protective measures. And you can never start too early. To begin with, limit sun exposure, especially when the sun’s radiation is at its peak, from 10 am to 4 pm. Always wear a sunscreen when you’re out and about. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 and a wide spectrum of protection against UVA and UVB radiation. Invest in skin care products that deliver multiple functions: moisturize, hydrate and protect. And don’t let the clouds fool you. UV radiation can penetrate clouds, so don’t neglect sunscreen on a cloudy day.

Sun Damage and Skin Care

The skin is the largest organ in the body and, therefore, the most vulnerable. In addition to using sunscreen, keep your skin moisturized and hydrated to form a protective barrier against the heat and dry of the hot sun. Boost skin’s glow and plump by eating a healthy diet, using skin care products that promote collagen production and improve skin’s elasticity. Banish age spots and blemishes with rejuvenating facials and treatments.

Taking good care of your skin is the best guarantee against the harms of sun damage. Feel free to contact us for your skin needs and, together, we can work to minimize the devastating effects of sun exposure.