Is Sun Damage Making You Look Older Than You Are?

You want your skin to appear naturally sun-kissed. You spend hours in the sun perfecting your summer look — but at what cost? All that time soaking up those warm, sunny rays can damage your skin and make you look older. 

At Star Body, our team of aesthetic professionals is dedicated to giving you the best beauty information and advice, especially when it comes to the sun’s effects on your skin. We also specialize in treating your skin and getting it back to a youthful glow.

Why is the sun so harmful to my skin?

The sun offers wonderful benefits for your overall health. For example, sunlight helps your body manufacture vitamin D, which is integral to your bone development. On the other hand, too much exposure to the sun and its ultraviolet light can have adverse effects on your health and your skin.

The outermost layer of your skin contains melanin. This pigment protects your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays, a type of radiation that comes from the sun and other sources like tanning beds. When you get hit with UV rays from the sun, it causes your skin to produce more melanin, which makes your skin darken, giving you a great tan.

Although many consider tanned skin a beauty staple, overexposure to the sun can cause damage. The UV rays penetrate deep into the layers of your skin destroying cells. You can develop painful, searing sunburns and, in the most serious cases, develop skin cancer. 

Constantly burning and destroying your skin cells also leads to cosmetic woes in the form of premature aging. 

How does sun damage make me appear older?

When you think of youthful skin, you think of supple, plump skin without fine lines and wrinkles and with an overall even tone. Spending too much time in the sun and exposing yourself to its harmful UV rays promotes photoaging. 

Wrinkles and saggy skin

Scientifically speaking, sun damage causes you to look older because the UV rays reduce the elasticity in your skin as they destroy your skin cells. As the UV rays pierce through the layers of your skin, they damage the elastin fibers. Elastin is a protein responsible for providing structure to your skin. Without it, your skin starts to sag and wrinkle, making you appear older than you are.

Uneven skin tones

Another tell-tale sign of aging is an uneven skin tone, with a blotchy complexion and sun spots. Overexposure to the sun is a sure way to prematurely see these marks of aging. 

This happens as a result of UV ray damage. The rays cause your melanin to produce at a more rapid rate, but long-term exposure causes your skin to change color irregularly and can even break the small capillaries in your skin, leaving you with brown sun spots and red blotches. 

What can I do to protect and restore my skin?

Keeping your skin healthy and young-looking starts with developing a good skin-care regimen. We don’t want to keep you from enjoying your time in the sun, but we do want to equip you with good habits.

Always wear sunblock when going outside, especially if you have less melanin and a naturally fairer complexion. It’s also a good idea to pick out a wide-brimmed hat to add even more protection. Limit your sun exposure between the hours of 10am and 2pm, when the sun’s rays are harshest.

Ask our highly skilled aesthetics professionals for more information regarding taking care of your skin in the sun to avoid damage. We also offer treatments and services to restore your skin if it’s been aged by the sun. 

ThermoClear

We’re proud to offer state-of-the-art ThermoClear technology. ThermoClear uses radiofrequency to address many skin problems that result from sun damage. The radiofrequency energy breaks up the irregularities in your skin, leaving you with a more even skin tone after just one treatment. 

UltraLift

We use the UltraLift skin rejuvenation technology to address your fine lines, wrinkles, and saggy skin caused by sun damage. UltraLift is a gentle process that sends ultrasound energy into the deepest layers of your skin, heating the cells and promoting your body’s natural healing process. As your body responds and heals, your skin becomes more firm and supple. 

These are just a couple of the services we provide. If you’re interested in learning more about how to ward off premature aging or want to try one of our advanced skin-care treatments, call our office or schedule an appointment online today.

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