One of the best things about living in Georgia is the beautiful summers. With so much to see and do throughout the state, many people take advantage of the bright weather to enjoy our scenic and cultural attractions. So much time spent outdoors is great for the spirit, but can cause long-term damage to your skin.
Tanned skin is a fashionable choice for many, and is considered both slimming and youthful. Most Americans are aware of risks from exposure to UV light, which include premature aging and skin cancer. However, even daily exposure to sunlight can permanently affect the texture and appearance of the skin.
Symptoms of Sun-damaged Skin
Signs of sun damage are most likely to appear on the face, neck, hands and arms, as these areas are most often exposed. Swimming or sunbathing will expose other delicate areas of skin, so it is important to be vigilant of changes anywhere on the body.
A clear indication of overexposure to sunlight is sunburn. Mild cases are characterized by pain and redness on the skin, but more severe burns may cause painful blisters, dizziness and nausea. Burned skin will usually get better in time, but long term damage will have occurred to the delicate dermal tissue.
If parts of your skin appear flaky, dry and itchy in comparison to areas that are not regularly exposed to the sun, this indicates long-term damage. These regions will appear more aged, showing fine lines and wrinkles due to changes in the skin’s collagen.
Preventing and Curing Sun Damaged Skin
Applying a good quality, waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is the number one way to prevent sun damage. Specially formulated sunblock for lips should also be used. Keep your body covered with long pants and long sleeved shirts, and avoid being outside when the sun is at its highest.
Some prescription medications can make your skin more susceptible to UV damage. This includes certain antibiotics and medicine for allergies, high blood pressure and acne. Check with your doctor if there are any additional measures you should take to avoid exposure to the sun.
To reverse sun damage, contact Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery in Georgia today to discuss your options. You may benefit from a chemical peel or dermabrasion, or reduce wrinkles with Botox® or injectable fillers.
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