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Photodamage: What Is It, and How To Prevent It

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Spring is here, and after being all cooped up during these long, cold winter months, I think we can all agree that it's time to get back outside.

But there's a silent skin killer that's waiting for you out there. Its name?




And it's dangerous. Really dangerous. In fact, photodamage as a result of sun exposure causes your skin to become rough and wrinkly, leaving you a shell of your former radiant and youthful self. (1)

But don't worry. There ARE ways you can protect your skin this spring AND enjoy the warmer weather this season without the nasty effects of premature skin aging.

In this blog we talk about what photodamage is, what causes it, and how to keep your skin HEALTHY and RADIANT all spring long!




Many people think that the only danger associated with the sun is the occasional sunburn, which will just go away after a few days. But this isn't true.

In fact, photodamage is a form of premature aging - also known as extrinsic aging - that happens after the extended impact of damaging UV rays.  (2)

The scary thing about photodamage is that it can not only cause wrinkles as a result of premature aging, but it can also cause spider veins, age spots, skin laxity, and for your skin texture to become rough. (3)


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You can tell by photodamage's other name - sun damage - that it's a pretty easy problem to understand. But photodamage doesn't just occur as a result of ultraviolet A and B radiation. Synthetic UV lights cause photodamage too.

The most common places to be impacted by photodamage are the spots most vulnerable to the sun's UV rays, such as your neck, face, hands, arms, legs, and the upper part of your chest. (5)

And just to let you know how serious a problem photodamage can be, exposure to the sun's dangerous rays affects the innermost layers of your skin, all the way up to your epidermis. (6)


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To better understand the impact photodamage can have on you, we first need to learn about the three main layers of your skin - the dermis, subcutaneous tissue, and epidermis.

The key skin layer to look at is your dermis, which contains important skin-boosting proteins like elastin and collagen, both of which are easily impaired as a result of sun damage. (7)

And the damage doesn't just end with wrinkles on your skin. Sun damage can also lead to skin cancer, less immunity to infections, moles, lesions, and other skin abnormalities you definitely don't want. (8)


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Sun damage is so critical to the aging process that a quarter of our exposure to the sun (and perhaps skin aging) happens by the end of our teen years. While this can be disheartening, it makes it that much more important that you take care of your skin right now.

And if you want to avoid uneven skin, smaller blood vessels, and the pre-cancer that can manifest as a result of photodamage, make sure you're taking the necessary PRECAUTIONS when going outside, even if you're not intentionally sunbathing. (10)

And once again, remember that sun damage is cumulative, so taking the necessary STEPS to preserving your skin will help stave off further injury to your dermal layer, especially of your face. (11)


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Even though it sometimes seems like the opposite, your skin is trying to protect you when it's hit by the sun. In fact, the production of melanin (triggered by the sun) is one of the main causes of skin irregularity from sun damage.

Though your melanin means well - it's trying to protect your innermost skin layers - it doesn't equate to an even and smooth complexion free from wrinkles and damage. (12)

The sun also has a drying effect on your skin, which can leave your skin looking dull and lusterless in the long term as a result of less fatty acids, which are essential in keeping your skin flake-free. (13)


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As mentioned before, the steps you take today are essential in ensuring your skin is smooth and radiant for the rest of your life. This is because the damage to your dermis (deep in your skin) can take years to actually reveal itself and become visible.

In fact, dermatologists note that, over time, many people suffering from sun damage look older than their peers, and regret not having taken better care of their skin in their youth when they should've. (15)

And if you're thinking, "Okay, I'll just put on sunscreen and I'm good," think again. It's essential that you keep reapplying sunscreen every couple of hours and wear protective clothes to ensure the most protection for your vulnerable skin. (16)


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Let's be honest, telling ourselves to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen is the best way to avoid sun damage. But there are other ways you can protect your skin from sun damage right now.

One way to protect yourself from cumulative sun damage is by wearing a hat. This is because a good hat can offer protection to the back of your neck, ears, and face. And remember - the more tightly woven the fabric of your hat, the better. (17)

Another thing to consider is that water and sand can reflect more of the sun's damaging rays onto you. Being extra careful in these situations can help relieve future sun damage. (18)


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To avoid potential photodamage, it's important to remember that the worst of the sun usually hits between 10 AM and 3 PM. During this time, stay indoors or protect yourself, as ultraviolet rays hit strongest at this time.

It's also important to remember that even if you don't suffer a sunburn, that doesn't mean you're not incurring damage from the sun. In fact, sunburns are immediate reactions, whereas a lot of skin damage takes effect over time. (20)

And though we've talked about protecting ourselves with sun-protective clothing and sunscreen, it's also important to not forget your lips. Using sunscreen of at least SPF 15 will help protect your lips from sun damage. (21)


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Now that we've covered some of the ways you can avoid the damage that goes along with increased sun exposure, let's talk about what you can do once the damage has already taken place.

One of the best ways to remedy your skin from the dangers of radiation is through the application of antioxidants, especially VITAMIN C. VITAMIN C slows down your skin's degeneration, which can help stave off visible sun damage. (22)

VITAMIN C also stimulates the production of collagen, which - as part of a nighttime SKINCARE REGIMEN - can help you naturally correct and remedy your complexion after a long day in the sun. (23)


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When thinking about what products to use on your skin, you need to know that many chemicals in over-the-counter products, like tretinoin and glycolic acid, actually increase your sensitivity to the sun.

VITAMIN C, on the other hand, does not increase your sensitivity, and causes your dead skin cells to shed, and for those upper layers of dull skin to naturally peel away. (25)

Also remember that sunscreen can not only help prevent damage, but it also fights cellular damage, which will help remedy sun damage all spring long!


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