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Why Do You Need to Stay Out of The Sun?

Why Do You Need to Stay Out of The Sun?

Real talk: once we hit a certain age, most of us wish it would stop there. Not many are willing or too excited about growing old and dealing with the external and internal changes that come along with it.

But with our busy and chaotic ways of living, many of us are ageing faster than ever before. Nowadays, it is normal for twenty-year-olds to have wrinkles, bad skin, and chronic fatigue. When these happen before you reach 35, then we call it premature ageing. The culprit is not just stress, either. It is primarily your lifestyle, including how you care for yourself when outdoors.

What Are The Signs of Aging?

Ageing can manifest in different ways, depending on the individual. However, these are the most common signs to look out for:

  • Sunspots

    • Also goes by age spots and liver spots; these are dark, flat spots found on the skin after years of accumulated sun exposure. These often appear after reaching over 40, usually around the face, the back of the hands, or the forearms.

  • Gaunt hands

    • Usually noticed by those in their 30s or 40s, having gaunt hands refers to the skin’s natural thinning due to fewer proteins and collagen in the body. As a result, the hands appear more veiny, thin, and prone to wrinkles.

  • Inflammation or hyperpigmentation

    • Either as a result of skin conditions or prolonged sun exposure damaging the skin’s melanin, some people develop inflammation or patchy hyperpigmentation on their chest.

  • Dry or itchy skin

    • People nearing their 40s or those who do not hydrate enough are more prone to drier and flakier skin.

  • Wrinkles or sagging

    • The body’s collagen productions fall gradually by the time you hit your 30, making wrinkles and sagging more likely to happen, especially on parts of the skin where it is most needed.

There are numerous culprits to blame on why the body shows signs of ageing, even if they are not a primary cause. But it all boils down to an accumulation of several lifestyle habits. If you have a poor diet and sleeping habits, drink alcohol or smoke excessively, too much stress, or continuously expose yourself to harmful elements (i.e. dirt, chemicals, and prolonged sun exposure).

Importance of Sun Protection

Some of you may be thinking, we need some sunlight to get vitamin D. While this is not false, too much of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet can cause significant damage to the skin, burning it, reducing its elasticity, and causing premature ageing.

For an individual who tends to tan a lot, this phenomenon is the sunlight causing more melanin production, hence darkening the skin. Normal skin colour is restored when new cells move to the surface, sloughing off the tanned cells.

For others, this could result in sunburn, with the sun’s UV rays penetrating outer skin layers and hitting the skin’s deeper layers, damaging and killing the skin. Nobody wants that, least of all, skin cancer.

Those with tattoos, especially ones that have been acquired recently, know how important it is to wait days for at least 10-14 days before the tattoo to heals and be ready enough for a little sun exposure. Not following this measure can result in getting a sunburn on the affected part of the skin.

Is Sun Damage Reversible?

Fortunately, there are ways to manage premature ageing and stop festering signs even before we are ready and mature enough to face them. Here are simple and accessible methods:

  1. Use sunscreen on the face and body for at least 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Even if it is cool and cloudy outdoors or not going anywhere, you should make sunscreen a part of your daily skincare. Be sure it blocks UVA and UVB radiation, water-resistant and has an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply it every couple of hours.

  2. Limit your time outdoors between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, or be mindful of the hours before heading outside because this is when the sun's rays are at their most intense. If you get caught outside these hours, it is best to seek shelter or shade for the time being.

  3. If you can, wear dark clothing, particularly long sleeves and dark pants. Darker shades of clothing like black or navy can block more sun than white or lighter-coloured ensembles. When available, look for clothes made with special sun-protective materials for added protection.

  4. Mind your health and lifestyle. For better overall health, you must take care of yourself better. This self-care includes eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, managing stress and quitting vices such as drinking and smoking.

  5. Seek a professional. There are many skin care treatments nowadays, more than ever before. They provide several options to address various skin conditions, especially for wrinkles and fine lines.

Where is the best place to go for skin treatments?

If you desire a quick and effective reversal of premature ageing, look no further than Vanish Clinic. We offer two special services that address lines and wrinkles.

  • Carbon Facial

    • This unique facial uses a combination of charcoal (carbon) and laser technology to rid you of frown lines by blasting off dead skin, blackheads, oil and anything else that keeps your skin from glowing inside and out. This treatment covers either the face or back.

  • Wrinkle Treatments

    • Botulinum Toxin

      • This treatment uses a neuromodulator (Dysport, Botox, Xeomin) to relax the expression lines on your face, such as forehead lines, crows feet, and a gummy smile.

    • Dermal fillers

      • Using Revanesse, Radiesse, Restylane, this treatment uplifts and reshapes facial lines. It grants you an overall more youthful and radiant look with either plumper lips, rounder cheeks, etc.

Stop signs of ageing before it stops you from living the full and best life you deserve. You can count on our experts to assist and advise you every step of the way and recommend the best service that specifically caters to your needs. Contact us today and schedule your free consultation.

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