Your skin’s ‘sun’ age
If there’s one thing I’m sure of after all my years of experience in the world of beauty, it’s that skin has a memory and it gradually starts to show over the years. Celebrating birthdays is lovely, beautiful, and we shouldn’t be afraid of our wrinkles and lines; they mean we’ve lived, especially if they’re laughter lines around our mouths, proof of all the happy times we’ve had…
Our skin, like the rest of our body, notices everything that touches it and everything that goes into it throughout our lives. The same as a kidney that suffers if we drink too much alcohol, our skin ‘complains’ if we don’t take enough notice of it or if we treat it badly.
An example of this can be seen increasingly with sun blemishes. You’ll have noticed by now that if you sunbathe for a long time without using proper protection, your skin burns. At first, this doesn’t seem dangerous, but it is. The burning sensation goes away after a few days and we forget about it, but it leaves its mark on our skin. Fortunately, we’re becoming increasingly aware of the damage caused to our skin by the sun’s rays. Not least that it’s the primary cause of the dangerous and infamous skin cancer, a disease that’s becoming more and more threatening and that means we must be responsible when exposing our body to the sun’s UVA light.
Our skin suffers each time it is exposed to the sun, even if we apply the maximum SPF protection. This happens because the sun is so strong, especially in recent years, that even a total sun block is often not sufficient.
The truth is that, put simply, the sun is damaging us. The burning skin that is so painful after a few days on the beach may never turn into something dangerous. Getting burnt doesn’t always means you’ll end up with cancer, but it is very likely that those burns will become blemishes or moles over the years, and they might have an accelerating effect on the skin ageing process, as the skin loses vitamin E, which protects it from free radicals, the main ageing agents.
This is why we recommend that you don’t sunbathe for too long and too often, and that you protect and moisturise your skin before, during and after being out in the sun, helping to safeguard your skin’s health.