It is dangerous to underestimate the impact of sun exposure to one’s skin. Most people operate under the assumption that skin damage (SD) may only occur after prolonged contact with the sun on, say, a leisurely day of tanning at the beach. This is false. In fact, as proven by the American Academy of Dermatology, up to 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can shine through the clouds and cause SD.
It is important to be proactive in the pursuit of protecting one’s skin, especially given that more than two million cases of skin cancer (SC) are reported each year in America alone. Children, in particular, run a high risk of developing damage.
If you go outside, then you should not spend more hours in the sun as its rays are dangerous for your skin and health. Sometimes sunburns also lead to skin rejuvenation which has become convenient with the modern dermatologist techniques.
Although, taking a sun bath and staying in the sunshine is useful to make strong the bones but excessive staying in the sun is harmful to body as well; therefore one should be careful about it to being safe from UV rays by wearing hat and glasses.
It takes only one blistering sunburn to double a child’s risk of developing SC. The facts are threatening and prove that the prospect of SC should be taken very seriously. Ways one might lower the risks include:
- Generously applying sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. If swimming, sunscreen should be re-applied every 40 minutes.
- Wear hats and sunglasses with high UV absorption percentages.
- Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun within the hours of 10 a.m and 4 p.m.
- Seek shade or wear cover-ups.
- Take the same precautions on cloudy days.
Another way to treat your skin with the best care possible is to consult a dermatologist. Ideally, a dermatologist will provide customized care for each patient to promote prevention and offer the appropriate intervention where necessary. Routine skin screenings will map out any previous damage and help the patient prevent further damage. If the patient has, in fact, experienced sun damage, some early intervention steps may be executed. Some procedures may include (but are not limited to):
- Chemical peels – a chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing it to blister and peel thus revealing new, rejuvenated skin.
- Laser resurfacing – an ablative laser removes a layer of skin, or a nonablative laser stimulates collagen growth.
- Dermabrasion- a rapid paced tool rotates to sand the outside layer of skin.
Skin care is not only essential for reducing the risks of SC but can also help reduce premature signs of aging. Sun exposure speeds the aging process in skin cells creating early wrinkles and sunspots.
Fortunately, there are many ways to rejuvenate skin that has suffered from sun damage, and one should certainly regularly seek a trusted dermatologist to aid in the rehabilitation process. However, it is just as important that the prevention starts at home. Educating oneself on the dangers of sun exposure is not only smart, but it is also life-saving.