You, Your Skin, and the Sun: Here's What You Should Know

You, Your Skin, and the Sun: Here's What You Should Know

Sun damage can take many forms, from hyperpigmentation to wrinkles. While time, genetics, and stress all factor into how you age, sun exposure is arguably the most influential. Without proper protection, your skin can absorb UV rays, speeding up the aging process and putting you at risk for cancer. 

At New Image Medical Spa in Fremont, California, Dr. Surinder Sandhu offers a variety of treatments to help address various skin conditions, including the effects of the sun on your skin. Here’s what you need to know about photoaging and how Dr. Sandhu can help.

Photoaging 101

There are two primary types of aging: chronological aging, caused by time, and photoaging, caused by UV light. 

Your skin absorbs UV rays whenever you’re exposed to the sun, even while walking to the mailbox, sitting by a window, or driving in your car. Spending time outside, sunbathing, and using tanning beds only increases how much ultraviolet light you absorb.

While the damage on any given day is negligible on its own, years of sun damage quickly add up. UV light not only damages the structure of your skin, but also how quickly and effectively your skin cells replace themselves. This can lead to a number of skin conditions, including: 

Preventing sun damage

Perhaps the most effective way to avoid sun damage is to wear sunscreen. Most people only remember sunscreen during the summer, and only apply it if they plan on spending time outside. However, if you really want to prevent photoaging, you have to be thorough and think ahead.

Most sun damage accumulates during your everyday life, so a daily-wear sunscreen should be your first investment. Many moisturizers and foundations now include sunscreen in the formula, but make sure that you use something with at least 30 SPF. 

The surface of your skin shouldn’t be your only concern. Repetitive expressions like squinting inevitably lead to the formation of dynamic wrinkles, so sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats are great for preventing crow’s feet. 

Reversing sun damage

Once the damage has been done, there’s no turning back time. However, you do have options to help you reverse the effects. Plenty of skin treatments can alleviate sun damage and signs of aging, such as: 

Your photoaged skin might benefit from one or more of these treatments. To learn more and discuss your options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sandhu and her team at New Image Medical Spa. You can get in touch by calling 510-269-2324 or requesting an appointment online. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

Who Can Benefit from Microneedling?

Microneedling has become a routine part of skin care for many men and women looking for regenerative therapies to restore and rejuvenate their look. Could you benefit?

What Does a Chemical Peel Feel Like?

Chemical peels can be an effective way to ward off effects of acne, fine lines, and sun damage. If you’re wondering whether a chemical peel is for you, here’s an idea of what they feel like.

How to Get Rid of Spider Veins for Good

Are you tired of wearing long pants because of your spider veins? These little purple squiggles on your legs or face aren’t life-threatening, but they can be embarrassing. Here’s how to get rid of them for good.

5 Popular Uses for Microneedling

Microneedling has exploded in popularity, likely due to its versatility. Here are five ways you can incorporate microneedling into your skin care routine.