Effects of the Sun on the Face
Amidst this chilly winter weather, many people are longing to feel the warm, welcoming rays of sunshine against their skin. Not only does this give your mood and body a boost, but a certain amount of sun exposure is beneficial for your health. However, many times, too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing. Proving this rule, the sun, despite its radiant glory, can take a negative toll on the skin and face in more ways than one.
Examples of the Sun’s Damaging Effects
Sun damage occurs when the skin is frequently exposed to the UV rays of the sun. The impact of the damage can vary depending on skin type and other factors. But due to things like trying to achieve a fabulous tan, or from merely not protecting the skin enough from contact with the sun, the results of sun damage and years of exposure can include both cosmetic changes and also potentially dangerous effects to one’s health.
Repeated exposure to harmful UV rays can cause the skin to lose its elasticity and damage collagen fibers, producing some of the visible effects of the sun on the face in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. While these effects are a part of the natural aging process, the sun has the unwanted ability to make the face age prematurely and make a person look much older than they actually are.
Additional effects of exposure to the sun include freckles and skin discoloration, such as small white spots or areas of yellowish skin. Textural changes can also be a result of too much sun damage. In this case, the outer layer of skin can become thinner and therefore, easier to bruise or tear.
Unfortunately, the extent of damage from the sun doesn’t stop there. Skin cancer, the most common type of cancer, can be a risk for those who have experienced long-term exposure to the sun, or damage to skin cells, as a result of UV radiation. Although skin cancer is treatable, it can be life-threatening. Different changes in the skin’s appearance, such as a lesion or an alteration of a mole, are just a couple of symptoms of this disease. Dermatological attention should be sought when symptoms appear, in order to diagnose the exact type of skin cancer and to proceed with the best form of treatment.
Reducing the Sun’s Aging Effects
In the moment, the rays of the sun may feel good upon the face but, overall, they can do more damage to the face and to the health of the body, than they are worth. That being said, thankfully, there are several safe and advanced procedures that help reduce the signs of age that over-exposure to the sun has left behind. At our luxurious spa office, treatments like microdermabrasion can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin pigmentation irregularity, without surgery or downtime. If you are interested in discovering the best cosmetic solution that may work for you and your skin, contact us at Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery and request a consultation today.