Wrinkles and Anti Aging Skin Care - Tips on protection from Anti aging and wrinkles on skin
Do you spend summers on a quest for the perfect tan? Then you're setting yourself up for wrinkles-aging skin. That's why Dermatologists everywhere are flinching.
Two Main Causes Of Wrinkles
and Aging Skin
- Sun damage over the years
- Loss of collagen from aging
Some facts about Wrinkles and Aging Skin
- A suntan is not an indicator of good health. In fact, a tan is your skin's reaction to exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. To protect itself from these rays, the skin increases its production of melanin, darkening your skin color.
- Cover up. The more cover, the better. Long pants, a shirt with long with long sleeves and a hat with a wide brim that keeps the sun off your face and neck are best. If that's impractical, a T-shirt, long shorts and a baseball cap are reasonable alternatives. Tightly woven fabrics will offer more protection than loosely woven fabrics. Make sure the exposed skin is well protected with sunscreen, particularly the tops of your ears if you wear a cap instead of a hat with a brim. If your clothes get wet, they lose their protective ability.
- Your eyes need protection, too. Ultraviolet rays can burn the surface of the eye, much like they burn the skin. Long-term exposure to UV rays could contribute to the development of cataracts and macular degeneration, a disease that affects your central vision, later in life. Reflected sunlight (from the water, for example) is also dangerous.
- You may know that a few blistering sunburns in childhood are a risk factor for melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer later in life. But a lifetime of tanning--not just burning--will put you at risk for other types of skin cancer as well. Tanning booths are not a safer alternative. The UV rays from tanning booths harm the skin just as the sun does.
- Sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and leathery skin.
- Wear sunscreen or sunblock. (What's the difference? Sunscreen chemically absorbs rays; sunblock deflects them.) Use a product with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. That means if you would normally burn in 10 minutes, the sunscreen will protect you 15 times longer (150 minutes). If you work in the sun then increase the SPF to 30. Make sure the product contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which completely blocks the sun's UV rays. But remember, wearing sunscreen is not a license to stay out in the sun 15 times longer than you normally would.
- Although everyone is at risk of skin damage by UV rays, fair-skinned people must be especially cautious. If you have a lot of moles or a family history of skin cancer, you could be at higher risk. See a dermatologist to assess your risk for skin cancer. In addition, certain medications may make you more sensitive to the sun, so be sure to read the information that comes with your medications.
- For those who wear corrective lens you'll want to buy sunglasses that will fit over your regular glasses.
- If you're on certain medications such as those that cause photosensitivity reaction there will be an increased risk for sunburn. You'ill want to continue the medication but be very sure that you take all the precautions to protect yourself from the sun for as long as you're taking these drugs.
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