By now, I am sure you have heard that sun exposure is bad for you. But for most, ignorance is bliss, and they would rather be tan and carefree, than think about what exactly they’re doing to their skin. Every woman knows how great it feels to rock a fresh tan in a sundress, but we are here to say it’s simply not worth it! Here are just a few of the reasons you should invest in a good sunless tanner, and start applying sunscreen everyday.
- Sun exposure causes premature aging! After years of prolonged UV exposure, the inner layers of your skin begin to thicken, and lose the ability to maintain moisture. This change in composition causes discoloration, dark spots, wrinkles, and textural changes, and is difficult to undo. The sudden or mass creation of melanocytes, the cells that cause you to tan, can cause dark freckles, discolored portions of skin, and even skin tags. Furthermore, the outer layer of skin can become susceptible to blistering, tears, and scaring… making that youthful healthy appearance you so long for impossible to achieve.
- Sun spots or solar keratosis! Sun spots occur on the surface of the skin as a result of prolonged sun exposure. They can vary in size, and appear anywhere on the body. While some sun spots are hardly noticeable, others are large and dark in appearance, and can have a scaly or rough texture. They are common on areas that have constant sun exposure, like the face, neck, arms, and hands, and often become irritated when exposed to the sun. While most solar keratosis spots are merely unsightly and annoying, some can lead to a much more serious complication… skin cancer.
- The most well publicized side effect of sun exposure is of course, skin cancer. One in five Americans will be diagnosed with some form of skin cancer in their lifetime, and that number is higher in warmer parts of the country. Skin cancer is often the result of severe and frequent sunburns as a child, or extreme sun exposure over a prolonged period of time. UV rays cause changes in the structure of the cell, and leave permanent long lasting damage, that can eventually lead to Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, the most common forms of skin cancer.
The best way to prevent these harmful effects of the sun is to avoid exposure all together… but that is not always reasonable. The Christie Brinkley Skincare Recapture Day + IR Defense Cream with SPF 30, can be applied every day to not only protect your skin, but it also uses copper peptides to undo damage done previously.
My final tip? Invest in a really cute sunhat, and rock it!