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Fun in the Sun: The Impact of UV Radiation on Skin Elasticity & Protection Strategies

It may be the middle of the winter, but we’re always thinking about sun protection. Even when you’re not spending your days on the sunny beaches of summer, you’re still likely spending some time in the great outdoors. Whether it’s a quick walk and powering through the cold weather to get some vitamin D or taking some time to hit the slopes with friends or family, sun exposure is all around us all year long.

While we love the warmth and happiness that the sun can bring, there is potential for skin damage with prolonged exposure to sunlight due to UV rays and radiation. But the good news is that anti-aging research shows that there are plenty of ways to keep your skin protected in order to counterbalance these potentially negative effects of UV exposure.

If you’re interested in learning more about the effects of UV radiation and how you can keep your skin protected, we’re here to help. We’ll break down in detail below how UV rays can impact the skin and a few easy ways that you can keep your skin protected as well as looking and feeling its best. Keep reading to learn more.

How UV Rays Impact the Skin

When thinking about overexposure to sunlight, the first issue that often pops into our minds is often the ever-dreaded sunburn. Also known as “erythema,” sunburns occur when our skin becomes overstimulated by UV radiation exposure, resulting in redness, irritation and sometimes blistering. Those of us with fairer skin may be more prone to sunburns, but all individuals, regardless of skin tone, can experience this unfortunate side effect of sunlight.

In addition to the potential of sunburn with UV exposure, there is also a risk for accelerated aging within the skin with overexposure. When the skin is exposed to high levels of UV radiation, it encourages and accelerates aging within skin cells, leading to a gradual loss in skin elasticity. This lack of skin elasticity will directly affect the appearance and feel of the skin, increasing the appearance of wrinkles and causing dry, textured skin.

How to Protect Against UV Rays

Now that we’ve gone over the basics of what UV rays and radiation can do to the skin, let’s get into more detail about how you can protect your skin from this damage. Here are a few key methods that we’ll recommend time and time again that are one of our favorite anti aging secrets in relation to sun exposure.

#1 - Never Skip the SPF!

We’ll say it once, we’ll say it a thousand times - never skip your SPF! Even on a cloudy or cold day, your skin is still at risk for UV ray exposure, which will add up over time and can cause a negative effect on your skin’s elasticity and appearance. Keep your skin protected each and every day by adding a powerful SPF to your morning skin care routine. Whether it’s a tinted SPF moisturizer or an actual sunscreen that you apply over your foundation, including an SPF in your daily routine is an easy, efficient way to keep safe from UV radiation.

#2 - When in Doubt, Cover Up

If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you don’t have access to SPF or can’t wear it, your next best solution to keep protected is to cover up as needed. Slip on a long-sleeve t-shirt when heading outside or put on a wide-brimmed sun hat with sunglasses. By limiting your skin’s exposure to the sun and keeping it covered, you can throw on another layer of added protection against potential UV radiation damage.

#3 - Moderation is Key

Last, but certainly not least, on our list of how to keep protected against harmful UV rays is to simply limit your exposure to the sun. While it does have many potential negative effects such as UV radiation and burns, sun exposure also has great natural benefits for both mental and physical health, such as vitamin D and just a quick mood boost you can get from natural light. Don’t cut off your sun exposure entirely, but rather keep it moderate in order to keep your skin protected and healthy.

Remember, when you’re out having fun in the sun, it’s always important to remember to keep your skin protected. Even on the cloudiest of days or those snowy winter days, harmful UV rays and radiation can still sneak through and cause damage to your skin’s health and appearance. By ensuring that you’re always wearing a strong SPF sunscreen, covering up when you need to and moderating how much time you spend out and about, you can keep your skin protected and looking and feeling it’s best for many years to come.

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