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How is the Sun Hurting Your Skin?

How is the Sun is Hurting Your Skin?

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Summer is here and nothing is more important that protecting your skin at all times. While we all want to look younger and feel better about ourselves, overexposure to UV rays is damaging our skin.

That being said, lying out in the sun is relaxing, but too long is hazardous. When you feel your skin heating up and you start seeing redness occur, make sure you put on some extra sunblock or completely remove yourself from the sun. Too much exposure can lead to skin cancer, sunburns and sun poisoning.

Stop harming your complexion and protect yourself from the sun. Here are a few ways the sun is damaging your skin.

Premature aging

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The UVA waves from the sun are penetrating your skin – beneath the epidermis into the dermis. This in turn destroys collagen resulting in wrinkles, sagging skin, fine lines and discoloration (photo-aging). According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “an estimated 90 percent of skin aging is caused by the sun.”

Skin cancer

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Over 2 million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the United States. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “the vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. In fact, one UK study found that about 86 percent of melanomas can be attributed to exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun.”

Sunburn

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Overexposure to the sun and lack of sunscreen can result in sunburns. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, they can cause long-lasting damage to the skin. A person who has had five or more sunburns in his/her life has doubled their risk for melanoma.

Discolored skin

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Discolored skin is commonly caused by sunburns. The burns damage your skin, and when they heal, they may leave scar tissue that is a different color than your skin.

Sunspots

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Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause sunspots to occur on the skin. They usually appear on the forehead, cheeks, nose and sides of the face. According to The Tanning Booth, sunspots are generally harmless, usually painless and flat on the surface of your skin. They can be grey, brown or black in color.

Lip spots

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Similar to sunspots, lip spots also occur when you overexpose yourself to the sun’s UV rays. They look like dry or dark patches on the lips. Apple cider vinegar is a good home remedy for reducing the dark spots on your lips. With your fingers, rub the dark spot gently with apple cider vinegar. It helps bleach the discoloration from the skin and removes the black tones from the lips, according to Web Health Solution. 

Weakened skin

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Excessive sun exposure, especially burns, cause your skin to lose its pliability and resilience, this in turn makes bruising easier and more noticeable, according to Dr. Mercola. Also, someone with paler skin will have bruises that are significantly more visible than someone with darker skin.

Eyelid cancer

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According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, “skin cancers of the eyelid, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) as well as melanoma, account for 5 to 10 percent of all skin cancers. Most occur on the lower lid, which receives the most sun exposure.”

Moles and freckles

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Moles and freckles can both be caused by sun exposure – freckles more frequently. According to research, we all have cells in our skin called melanocytes. They produce a pigment called melanin in our skin. It protects the skin by making it darker. When the melanocytes get bunched up together, this results in freckles.

How is the Sun Hurting Your Skin?