We often associate a glowing complexion with good health, but skin colour obtained from being in the sun—or on a sunbed – is sun damage to your skin and actually accelerates ageing of the skin.
Repeated exposure and sun damage also increases your risk of developing skin cancer.
Sun damage is caused when there is no protection from the sun’s rays, just a few minutes of exposure each day over the years can cause noticeable changes in the skin. Over time freckles, age spots, spider veins, rough and leathery skin, fine wrinkles, loose skin and a blotchy complexion can all be traced to sun exposure.
Photo-ageing occurs over a period of years. With repeated exposure to the sun, the skin loses the ability to repair itself, and the sun damage accumulates. Scientific studies have shown that repeated ultraviolet (UV) exposure breaks down collagen and impairs the synthesis of new collagen.
The sun also attacks our elastin, these two components are vital in the fight against wrinkles. Skin becomes loose, lined, and leathery prematurely with unprotected exposure to the sun.
Now that you have an insight to the problems caused with sun damage, hopefully this will be enough to stop you running for the tanning oil. Take a look at our sunscreen and sun protection products that can be applied daily in the fight against premature ageing and skin cancer.