Sun, Science and Skin: How Sun Damage Causes Skin to Prematurely Age
Sun damage accounts for about 80% of the wrinkles on our body, with repeated exposure to sunlight causing skin damage, changes in skin elasticity, colour and feel, as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer.
At Aesthetic Skin Clinic, we want to help you achieve the skin of your dreams. Here, we’ll show you the science behind sun damaged skin, see how your skin is affected by repeated exposure to the sun, and look at what treatments you can use to turn back the clock.
Sunlight is, in some ways, very good for us. It has been found to increase our overall happiness and is imperative to sustaining healthy levels of vitamin D. However, repeated exposure can be very bad for your skin, speeding up the aging process and in many cases causing irreversible damage.
Sunlight is made up of two types of rays, UVA and UVB. UVA rays are always present no matter what time of year it is or what the weather is like, with some rays being powerful enough to penetrate clothing. UVA rays are responsible for causing signs of premature aging such as wrinkles and sun spots, as well as leading to the skin looking and feeling leathery.
UVB rays cause what is typically known as sunburn. All sunscreens protect against these rays, although only some protect against both UVA and UVB rays, otherwise known as ‘broad spectrum’. The strength of UVB rays varies throughout the year, and is responsible for causing most skin cancers.
We all know that sun exposure causes our skin to prematurely age, but do you know precisely what causes this?
There are particular signs of aging that are known to be primarily caused and accelerated by sun exposure. Some of these include:
- Fine and coarse wrinkles
- Discoloured area of the skin (mottled pigmentation)
- Sallowness; a yellow discolouration of the skin
- Elastosis; loss of elastin and collagen tissue
Premature aging is primarily down to UVA rays, which cause our skin to break down elastin and collagen. This makes skin feel thinner, more transparent and begin to sag, causing skin to look significantly older.
Over time, the damage from repeated exposure to these harmful rays will cause wrinkles and pigment changes. A sun tan is a sign of damaged skin, where skin cells have been placed under trauma from harmful UVA and UVB rays and respond to try and repair the damage. It’s under these circumstances that cancerous cells can form.
Although the sun does inflict immense damage on our skin, you don’t have to suffer with the signs of premature aging. There are a variety of treatments available that can help you to turn back the clock.
Areas that have suffered repeated exposure to the sun, particularly the face, can benefit greatly for smoothing treatments. These can include botox and chemical peels, which will work to significantly reduce visible wrinkles. For more severe damage, skin can be transformed with a full face lift.
Hands and arms, as well as other areas of the body, can also show signs of premature aging as a result of harmful UVA and UVB rays. For these areas, a skin tightening treatment such as a body thermage can transform your skin in a way you never thought possible, having smoothing and tightening effects that will make you look and feel younger.
The sun significantly speeds up the aging process, causing wrinkles, fine lines and changes in pigmentation. However, you don’t have to suffer with the signs of premature aging. At Aesthetic Skin Clinic, we can help you by providing a wide range of quality treatments, such as botox, face lifts and skin tightening in Northern Ireland. For more information, contact us today by calling 01481 136699.
Here at the Aesthetic Skin Clinic, we’re dedicated to making sure that your skin is the best it can be. We know that when your skin doesn’t reflect the person you are inside, it can be frustrating and upsetting, which is why we offer a wide range of skin treatments that will show on the outside who you are on the inside. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at how aging affects your skin and what you can do to fight the signs.
The way your skin deals with the passing of time will depend on a number of factors such as your lifestyle during your younger years, and your genetics. For example, your skin may show more prominent signs of age if you had a poor diet or are a smoker, compared to someone who led a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet.
The Problem of Dryness
As you get older, your skin will produce fewer oils that keep the skin hydrated and moisturised. This means that your skin will start to dry out and flake as the natural oils begin to disappear. As the skin dries, it’ll lose elasticity, and it’s likely that you’ll notice sagging and the appearance of wrinkles.
It’s important that you take care of dry skin through the use of creams in order to replenish the moisture lost due to aging. This, however, will not reverse the signs of aging, but we offer a treatment that will dramatically improve the appearance of your skin. HydraFacial is an intensive facial treatment that works by deeply hydrating the skin through the use of a combination of peptides that are designed to reduce the visible signs of aging.
The Problem of Age Spots
As you enter your 40s and 50s, you may notice small patches of discoloured skin known as age spots or sun spots. They often appear on the hands, shoulders and face as they’re caused by sun exposure. The UV rays of the sun encourage the production of melanin, which causes these dark patches to appear.
If you’re unhappy at the appearance of age spots, there’s a treatment that can be used to reduce them. Fraxel UK is a solution that works by resurfacing the skin with a series of concentrated lasers. These lasers are able to pinpoint the areas of your skin that are affected, and only work on these patches so as to reduce disruption to the rest of your skin.
The Problem of Wrinkles
Wrinkles are a common problem faced by everyone as they age. They’re caused by the natural aging of the skin as it loses hydration and elasticity, which means that the skin will start to sag and lines will appear.
You don’t have to live with your wrinkles as there are plenty of treatment options that can keep them at bay. Dermal Fillers are a treatment that’s injected into the skin. A gel solution is left behind under the top layer of skin and this will lift and plump the skin, which, in turn, smoothes out wrinkles and lines.
Here at the Aesthetic Skin Clinic, we offer a huge range of treatments that can be used to achieve the skin you’ve always wanted. If you’d like to find out more about how we can transform the appearance of your skin, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today by calling 01481 736699 to speak to a member of our friendly team.
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