Recipes Information

Sun Damage: A Major Cause of Wrinkling and Premature Aging


Most of us love the warmth of the sun, but over exposure can cause significant damage to our skin. The sun's ultraviolet rays (UV) can cause our skin to dry out and lose essential oils and decades of tanning, burning and over exposure to the sun may cause changes in our skin's structure.

Unprotected skin exposed to the sun can gradually lose essential oils, making it dry, flaky and prematurely wrinkled. Repeated episodes of sunburn, although they appear to heal on the surface, can lead to permanent skin damage over time.

Excessive over exposure to the sun can cause changes in the skin's collagen called photoaging. These changes can take the form of wrinkles and fine lines, decreased skin elasticity (sagging skin), or a thickened skin textured. UV radiation can damage the collagen that supports the walls of the skin's blood vessels, causing them to be more fragile. A symptom of this is easy bruising on sun-exposed areas such as the back of hands.

Over the years, repeated sunburns and unprotected exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin cancers including basal cell and malignant melanoma and other types of skin cancers..

Prevention is the key to avoiding photoaging and more serious skin damage. Here are some ways you can protect your skin from the harmful UV rays:

ALWAYS apply a sunscreen before you go outdoors, especially to your face, neck and hands. That means 365 days a year, rain, shine or clouds. Choose a sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or more, with a broad spectrum of protection against both UV-A and UV-B rays.

Use a sunblock on your lips, preferably with an SPF of 20 or above.

Wear sunglasses with UV-A and UV-B light protection.

Wear long pants, a shirt with long sleeves and a hat with a wide brim.

Limit your time outdoors when the sun is at its highest (about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Certain medications such as antibiotics can increase your vulnerability to sunburn. Check with your doctor.

What to do if you think you already have skin damage

Be sure to see your doctor immediately if you have any unusual looking moles or changes in your skin. Don't wait.

You may be able to improve the appearance of moderately sun damaged skin with alpha-hydroxy acids, which remove dead skin cells from the out layers of your skin, leaving it softer and smoother. Chemical peels, laser resurfacing or microdermabrasion may also be helpful.

Valerie Goettsch is webmaster of the site Skin-Sage.com which is dedicated to reviewing anti-aging and anti-wrinkle skin care products and offering tips on having younger looking skin.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Los Angeles Times

Jonathan Gold, the cook: Favorite recipes from our Restaurant Critic
Los Angeles Times
But as much as he appreciated the chefs and establishments that define the culinary landscape of Los Angeles and Southern California, Jonathan also loved to cook. I can't count all the times we discussed various recipes we'd made in the Los Angeles ...

and more »


Washington Post

Here are 5 recipes for homemade barbecue sauces that will outdo ...
Washington Post
We've reached peak cookout season, which means several of you are probably in the midst of figuring out what to bring to the next one. Here's the answer: ...

and more »


New York Times

10 Recipes Readers Love
New York Times
This weekend, make Melissa Clark's classic shrimp scampi (above), Sam Sifton's fish tacos or any of the top dishes of the week. Click the “10 Most Popular Recipes” collection below for more recipes.



Washington Post

Need a little zing in your life? These 5 Sriracha recipes will do the trick.
Washington Post
It wasn't until five years ago that we discovered just how much power a certain hot sauce wields. The city of Irwindale, Calif., sued Huy Fong Foods after residents claimed a nearby Sriracha factory emitted fumes so intense that their health ...



ECM Publishers

Local produce and easy recipes from Harvest Moon
ECM Publishers
The Harvest Moon Co-op in Long Lake recently celebrated its eighth anniversary, and the natural foods store is a natural choice for finding the freshest local offerings and expert advice on making the most of our short backyard grilling season.



The Daily Meal

Recipes You Need to Cook This Week July 22-28
The Daily Meal
Delicious smoky ribs don't need to be left until the weekend with this speedy recipe. The benefits of using a multi-cooker for this recipe are twofold. Not only does it cook the ribs in a fraction of the time a traditional barbecue or oven would take ...



Health.com

13 Air Fryer Recipes People Are Loving on Pinterest
Health.com
If you're a healthy foodie, you've probably heard a lot about air-frying. A trendy and surprisingly healthier cooking method, air frying save you calories and fat. (And if you want to save money, check out the Philips HD9220/28 Viva Airfryer, which has ...

and more »


The Coloradoan

Recipes: Beat the heat with these chilled soups
The Coloradoan
When the weather turns steamy and the kitchen is just too hot, try these chilled soups to refresh and cool you down. Easy to prepare, these can make a relaxed start to a more elaborate meal. The two gazpacho recipes can serve as a light meal in ...



New York Times

Recipes for Right Now
New York Times
Good morning. There were some capers in the refrigerator and a few black olives as well. The kids wanted pasta, so I figured I could chop those up and put them in tomato sauce for puttanesca on the fly, a no-recipe recipe for a Wednesday in July. I had ...



The Guardian

Nigel Slater's summer salad recipes
The Guardian
We draped old sheets over the kitchen skylights in an attempt to shield ourselves from the sun (I knew they would come in useful one day). We dug out the old Indian fan that cooled us as we cooked, but blew icing sugar over the counters. We drank ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2006