When it comes to ultraviolet light, UVB rays get a lot of the spotlight as they're the cause of melanoma. But what about UVA rays?
Although not discussed as much, UVA rays do their own type of damage to our skin.
Those not-so-wonderful wrinkles, fine lines, and liver spots we collect over time are not a sign of aging. They are a sign of cumulative UV exposure, more specifically, UVA exposure. Today, we go over the aging effects of UV rays.
How Do UV Rays Cause Aging?
What Is Photoaging?
Photoaging refers to that cumulative sun damage that is responsible for 90% of visible changes to the skin.
Signs of photoaging include the following:
- Spider veins on the nose, cheeks, and neck.
- Freckles and age or liver spots.
- Wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, and on the forehead.
- Loss of skin tone
- Red, rough scaly spots.
How to Slow Down the Aging Process
Rolling back the clock may not be possible, but it is easy to slow down the aging process with proper sun care. Following good sun protection practices can keep you looking younger regardless of how many years may pass.
Catch Some Shade
The best way to avoid sun exposure is to stay out of it. That means staying in the shade.
If there is no shade, make your own. There are many convenient and affordable sun umbrellas, tents, and canopies on the market.
Don’t forget about the most essential source of shade, a trusty sun hat.
Avoid Peak UV Hours
UV levels are constantly changing. Some days are better than others and some times are better than others.
When planning outdoor activities, check the UV Index to help with scheduling.
Use Coverage Like UPF 50+ Swimwear/Clothing
Sun protection swimwear/clothing can greatly reduce sun exposure. UPF 50+ certified clothing blocks over 98% of the sun’s harmful rays.
UV Skinz has certified UPF 50+ sun protection apparel for everyone in the family.
Apply sunscreen and then re-apply it, and re-apply it again. You just can’t use too much sunscreen. Remember to apply it after swimming or sweating too.
Skip Tanning Beds
A tanning bed session is a highly-concentrated dose of UVA. Stay away.
By living a sun-safe life, you’ll reduce both the chance of skin cancer and aging.