The Aging Effects of UV Rays

When it comes to ultraviolet light, UVB rays get a lot of the spotlight. Its connection to melanoma makes it something you can’t ignore.

Lesser discussed, UVA rays do their own special 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.

Photoaging?

Photoaging refers to that cumulative sun damage that is responsible for 90% of visible changes to the skin.

Signs of photoaging include:

  • 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

Slowing the Aging Process

Rolling back the clock may not be possible, but it is easy to slow its progress. 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 convenience 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

UV levels are constantly changing. Some days are better than others. Some times are better than others.

When planning outdoor activities, check the UV Index to help with scheduling. 

Use Coverage

Sun protection 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

Apply, re-apply, and re-apply again. You just can’t use too much sunscreen.

When choosing a sunscreen, make sure it is “Broad-spectrum”. That means it will protect against both UVB and UVA rays.

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 wrinkles. That sounds well worth the effort.