It happens on areas of the body that are most exposed to the sun, such as your face, hands, and arms. The areas that are unexposed to the sun will face normal aging. The damage starts as early as when you are a teenager or you are in your twenties. Normal aging cannot be stopped, but photo-aging can be prevented by taking simple care of yourself.
How does photo-aging happen?
Ultraviolet (UV) rays are the main culprit behind photo-aging. We get exposed to them through Sun and also through artificial sources like tanning beds. The two chief types of UV rays are UVA and UVB. Both UVA and UVB cause photo-aging, but UVA gets soaked by the skin faster than UVB.
Frequent damage to the skin by UV radiation will in time cause visible sun spots and wrinkling linked with photo-aging. Other signs of photo-aging include freckles, leathery texture, dryness, discoloration and drooping skin in areas exposed to the sun. If you are worried about any possible signs of photo-aging, discuss them with a skin expert.
Risk factors for photo-aging
The type of skin you have determines the risk factors for photo-aging. If you have lighter skin, then you fall in the high risk zone. However, if you have a darker skin, the risk of facing skin damage due to sun exposure is low. Also, the damage depends upon the duration and frequency of UV exposure that your skin faces.
How can you avert photo-aging?
Prevention is the best defence against photo-aging. The sooner you start protecting your skin against the harmful rays of the sun, the better it is for your skin. You can prevent premature aging by easy steps-
- Sunscreen: You are aware that you need protection from the sun throughout the year and not just in summers. Always apply a generous amount of sunscreen before you step out in the sun. Sunscreen with SPF 15+ and more safeguards your skin from sun damage. Guinots UV Daily Use Sunscreen SPF 50 protects against both UV-A and UV-B rays while also sufficiently hydrating the skin without making it sticky.
- Sun avoidance: Avoid stepping out in the sun when the sunrays are the strongest. The time between 10 am to 4 pm is when the sun does maximum damage to your skin.
- Protective clothing: Cover your head with a wide hat and put on your sunglasses. Wear clothes made up of cotton or linen to keep your body cool. Also, go for lighter shades, as it keeps your body temperature balanced.
How can you reverse photo-aging?
IPL Laser Skin Rejuvenation has been proven time and time again to reverse/reduce and heal the skin after photo aging.