Love the Skin You’re In – with Sunscreen

While we don’t have much say in what type of skin we were given, we do have a choice in how we take care of the skin that we have. Taking care of our skin and protecting it from the sun is definitely the best way to show how much we love the skin we’re in.

Our expert contributor shares with us today about the importance of screening our skin from the sun. Dr. Darm discusses with us the effects that sun damage can have on our skin and how to avoid it.

“Sun Damage can occur through direct sunlight or by over exposure in a tanning booth. A small amount of sun is beneficial and activates vitamin D in the skin which helps make strong bones and teeth. Over exposure causes premature aging, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, brownish spots know as “age spots” or “liver spots” and several types of cancer. Even dark skin can be damaged by the sun, but very light skin is the most vulnerable.

Ultraviolet light liberates a “free radical” in the skin which leads to damage to the DNA in the cells. These cells can then produce an overabundance of melanin (brownish skin pigment) which can initially produce tanning, but later yields enlarged brownish areas. The over exposure can also lead to several types of skin cancers including melanomas. Sunburn accelerates these changes and is even more dangerous than constant tanning. Use sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection and limit your exposure to the sun.”

Dr. Darm, Medical Director, Aesthetic Medicine 

 

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