Sun-damaged skin or Photoaging

Posted by Donghyun Kim on

Sun-damaged skin also known as photoaging is the cause due to the extreme exposure of sun light without having any layer of sun protection. Extreme exposure of UVA and UVB rays leads to damaged skin and premature ageing. The risk of skin cancer also increases in a human, as he/she ages with constant photodamaged skin. Although it is a very slow and gradual damage made to the skin, it is important to protect the skin from such free radicals.

Photoaging v/s Chronological skin ageing
Chronological skin ageing is the age and gene-related natural ageing of your skin. It cannot be stopped. Whereas, photoaging is more of a constant skin damage. A skin condition which is caused by the harmful rays of the sun.

The signs of photoaging:

  • Loss of elasticity of the skin due to sun damage.
  • Premature line and wrinkles around the eyes, smile line and neck.
  • Rough texture of the skin.
  • Extreme uneven skin tones.
  • Always suffering with dehydrated flaky skin.
Ways to prevent photoaging:
  • Wear a broad spectrum sunscreen. Sunscreens are the best way to prevent sun damage, even if it may be cloudy or dull outside the skin needs sun protection throughout the year.
  • Protecting the exposed skin from the sun is also crucial. Try applying a body sunscreen which helps to form a protective layer around the exposed skin.
  • Avoid being directly exposed to the sunlight. Wear a hat/cap or carry dark coloured umbrellas.
  • Avoid sitting by the window where the sunlight is present. The UVA penetrates through the glass and can cause serious damage to the exposed skin.
  • Keeping yourself hydrated can be one way to heal the damaged skin and can help the skin to form the skin barrier back.

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