Sun & Skin: How the Sun Affects your Skin

Summer is in sight and you know what that means – the sun is beginning to shine. We all love a bit of sun and sun bathing can be extremely tempting especially in the UK when good weather is fleeting. It is important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays as too much exposure can cause the following affects:

Wrinkles & Premature Aging

Too much sun exposure can lead to premature aging and wrinkles; even the colour and texture of the skin can be changed because of sun damage. After years of exposure to the sun, the skin loses its ability to retain moisture and actually increases in thickness leading to fine lines and wrinkles – mainly visible around the mouth and eyes. Although these problems are cosmetic they can damage your self-esteem and seriously lower your confidence.

Skin Dryness & Texture Alterations

Healthy skin feels smooth, however sun damage can alter the surface texture of your skin by making it feel dry and uncomfortable. Although too much sun can increase the thickness of the skin it can also just as easily make it thinner and more easily damaged. The most commonly affected area is the back of the hands; subsequently you should always make sure that you moisturise thoroughly after having spent time in the sun and keep yourself thoroughly hydrated.

Be Aware

Be aware that frequent exposure to the sun’s UV rays is the main cause of skin cancer, so always use factor 15+ sunscreen when out in the sun and avoid burning; stay in the shade between 11am and 3pm. Although too much sun can damage the skin, it also needs it as it uses sunlight to help create vitamin D. This vitamin is important for normal bone formation. Like everything, exposure to the sun is good in moderation.

Here at Fiona Clossick we offer expert skin treatments at our skin clinic in Birmingham including wrinkle treatment, dermal fillers, skin peels, sculptra and more that can help with the cosmetic affects caused by sun damage. If you would like more information in regards to our skin treatments please get in contact with our helpful team who will be more than happy to help.

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