Sunlight has many benefits to our overall well-being. The UV rays help our skin produce vitamin D, which is a necessary component of normal bone function and health. However, an excessive amount of sunlight during the day can have many short-term and long-term effects on your body. Thankfully, the experienced team at Timeless Beauty has years of experience treating skin damage caused by sunlight. We have an array of treatments available to restore your skin’s health and vitality.
How Does Sunlight Damage Skin?
Human skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, dermis, and fat. The epidermis is the outer layer that covers our body and is responsible for protecting it from the sun’s rays. When exposed to UV rays, the cells in the lower part of the epidermis push upward to thicken the surface.
These cells produce a darker color, which you may be more familiar with as a tan. Some people’s skin cells do not produce the darker color and instead become inflamed, which is widely recognized as a sunburn. Tans and sunburns alike cause damage to the skin, with consequences including:
- Freckles and moles that can become cancerous
- Less elastic skin
- Thickened or leathery skin
- Wrinkles and lines
- Dark spots
- Skin cancers
How Can You Protect Your Skin?
Sunscreen is the most valuable tool available to protect the skin from sun damage. Higher sun protection factors (SPF) prevent more of the sun’s rays from reaching your skin.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends wearing long clothes and a hat to physically block the sunlight. Apply sunscreen to all areas that your clothing won’t cover, and seek shade if you’re outside around midday. The sun’s rays are strongest at this time of day.
How Can You Treat Sun Damage?
Sunburns have an average recovery time of a few days, but can take up to two weeks to heal if they are severe enough. The long-term effects of sun damage may not appear for months or even years. However, if you find yourself with wrinkles, lines, moles and leathery skin as a result of sun damage, Timeless Beauty has several solutions available to you:
- Botox – A botox injection will block nerve signals beneath the skin. This can relax the muscles of the face and smooth out wrinkles and lines.
- Chemical peel – Chemical peels can improve the appearance of dark spots and sun damage to the skin. Deep peels can even remove precancerous growths in the lower layers of the skin.
- Mole removal – There are many techniques for removing moles, and doing so can prevent them from potentially becoming cancerous.
The sun’s rays can have a variety of effects on our skin, many of them damaging. Our team at Timeless Beauty are experienced in treating skin damage. If you would like help reversing dermal damage from the sun, contact us to schedule a consultation today.
Phone: (773) 488-3738
820 East 87th Street Suite 201
Chicago, IL 60619