August 08 2018 – Tyra Johnson-Brown
There’s no denying that there are very specific aesthetic signs that you’ll notice when experiencing damage from the sun. The most common types of sun damage to the skin are dry skin, sunburn, and actinic keratosis. These signs are unmistakable and very easy to notice.
Beware of Sun Damage
When you continually experience excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays, you will also expedite the aging process. So being aware of sun damaged skin is something that will be important to you. And if you are trying to have younger looking, flawless and glowing skin, you want to do your best to avoid damage from the ultraviolet rays of the sun.
As a matter of fact, damage from the sun is the number one factor and the reason why many people experience extrinsic aging. What this ultimately means is that you will age quicker and unnecessarily due to certain environmental factors and ultraviolet ray damage.
So...How Much Sun is too Much?
The skin uses sunlight to help produce vitamin D, which is important for normal bone formation. But sometimes its ultraviolet light can be very detrimental to your skin. Sun exposure is also the major cause of damage to your skin. In the short term, too much sun will cause a burn, sunburn, and in the longer term, chronic exposure to the sun will cause photo-aging.
Within the skin's epidermal layer are cells that contain the pigment melanin. Melanin protects skin from the sun's ultraviolet rays, which can burn the skin, and over time, could reduce its elasticity and cause a person to age prematurely.
Too much exposure to UV rays can cause sunburn. UV rays penetrate the outer skin layers and pass into the deeper layers, where they can damage or kill skin cells. People who do not have much melanin and sun burn easily, should protect themselves by covering up sensitive areas, wearing sunscreen, and limiting their total sun exposure time.
Frequent and prolonged exposure to UV rays over many years is the main cause of skin cancer. Examine your skin regularly for development of suspicious growths and or changes in an existing skin lesion. Early detection and treatment are key in increasing the cure rate for skin cancer.
How to Heal from Sun Damage
More important than anything else, you must understand that it is possible to heal sun damaged skin. Applying our Brown Sugar and Honey Scrub to your face and other exposed areas of the body as a rejuvenating mask and cleanser. Honey, particularly the dark varieties, contains high levels of natural, healing antioxidants that help reduce free-radical damage on the skin due to exposure to the sun, pollution and stress. They work well by improving texture, tone and moisture into the skin.
Also, by eating more foods that are rich in vitamin A. These include fish, eggs and brightly colored vegetables. Vitamin A is a natural antioxidant nutrient that promotes skin healing and slows aging and accumulated damage due to environmental toxins and sunlight.