Fine lines, wrinkles, loose hanging skin, increased dryness, along with yellowing skin are some of the most common skin problems that plague both men and women, equally. While these problems are often said to be signs of natural aging, visible only as we grow older, are in truth the evident result of the expedited skin aging as a result of prolonged sun exposure and sun damage.
It has been found that UV exponentially speeds up the natural aging process. The sun’s ultraviolet UV rays slow the cell renewal process that allows dead cells to slough off the top layer of the skin, resulting in skin that appear dull and lifeless.
Over time, continued exposure to the sun leads to a weakened elastin and collagen, both of which are responsible for our skin’s ability to stretch, recoil, and stay firm in structure, respectively. While the immediate side-effects of sun damage are only skin tans, burns or blisters that go away in a few hours, or days, the long term effects do not appear until years later.
Fortunately for all of us though, dermatologists are of the opinion that 70 to 80 percent of all visible signs of aging can be easily prevented by limiting the exposure to the sun. Here’s how:
Prevent sun damage: