We all love the spring and summer days where we get to frolic outside to soak up as much of that glorious sunshine as we possibly can – especially after enduring the long, harsh winter that we’re so used to here in Canada. And with all of the excitement, we can forget about the importance of protecting our skin against the impact of all that sunshine. And even though sunshine is necessary and good for us, it’s important to remember that excessive exposure to the sun can also be harmful.
Here are some tips to keep in mind about how the sun affects your skin so you can be prepared and protected.
It’s no surprise that excessive exposure to the sun can cause our skin to age more rapidly. But the question is why and how? It’s important to note that different areas of our skin are more or less sensitive and delicate. For example, our facial skin along with our neck and hands, are much more delicate than the skin on our legs, stomach, and arms.
Facial skin in particular, has different properties than the skin elsewhere on our body. It’s most sensitive because it is thinner, it has more pores, smaller cells and of course, because it is exposed to the environment each and every day.
UV radiation is one of the most common factors that causes premature signs of aging such as wrinkles, age spots, roughness, and loss of elasticity.
Hyperpigmentation is another common result of excessive sun exposure. This refers to dark spots that can appear on the surface of the skin, mainly the face and hands. This is also referred to as pigment spots or age spots. They appear mainly throughout areas of the body that receive the most exposure to the sun, and are caused by an overproduction of melanin. There are a variety of different types – as well as different factors – that can cause these dark spots to appear. However, UV rays from the sun is the most common culprit.
There’s no doubt that the sun makes us look and feel good. But too much exposure to it can cause harmful and damaging effects to our skin and our body. Wrinkles, rough texture, loss of elasticity, and hyperpigmentation are all common side effects that become noticeable throughout our skin as we linger out in those intense sunny days.
But you can enjoy the sunshine and help protect your skin as well. Always apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen or moisturizer with at least an SPF factor of 30 or higher. And give your skin frequent breaks from the sun by enjoying the shade and wearing protective clothing along with a hat to minimize exposure and to keep your skin looking its best.
At the Ottawa Skin Clinic, we know how important it is to protect your skin from the sun. Book a consultation to learn more about our advanced skin care products from Jane Iredale and PCA Skin Care. These two leading brands have earned the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation for aiding in the prevention of sun-induced skin damage.