As we age, skin doesn’t repair itself as well as it once did, and when coupled with a lifetime of sun exposure, this can have an effect on both our beauty and health.
Here are six of the best reasons to use sunscreen religiously and avoid sun exposure whenever possible.
1. THE SUN DRAINS MOISTURE FROM OUR SKIN.
When the epidermis is damaged by the sun, its barrier function is impaired and it doesn’t retain moisture as well.
2. THE SUN CAUSES SKIN TO BECOME THINNER AND MORE LEATHERY.
The skin’s outer layers become less able to repair, and accumulated damage becomes visible as bruises and surface irregularities.
3. THE SUN COMPROMISES COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN.
UV rays cause collagen and elastin fibers to unravel, preventing skin from bouncing back and causing wrinkles even when muscles are at rest.
4. THE SUN CREATES PIGMENT PROBLEMS.
UV rays stimulate the pigment-producing cells in the skin to go into overdrive, resulting in more discoloration and spots.
5. THE SUN DAMAGES DNA.
UV exposure causes DNA mutations that can result in skin cancer.
6. THE SUN IMPAIRS IMMUNITY.
According to Procter and Gamble, just one day of unprotected sun exposure compromises skin’s immune system.
Although you can’t see all of this damage with the naked eye, some of it is obvious. If you don’t believe us, compare the sun-exposed skin on your own body with areas that are usually covered. You’ll see the difference in color and texture yourself.
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