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Suntan and how sun exposure cause skin damage

Suntan and how sun exposure cause skin damage

Mar 06, 2022


Priyanka Sarna


Season is changing,
Spring is on it's way.....
Going with the natural cycle of nature, we all joyfully embrace the transformation of cold and biting winters turning into pleasant, bright and vibrant springtime.
The beauty of spring cannot go unnoticed, what with the colourful blooms all around and sunshine spreading all over, making the days warmer with a sweet coldness in the nights.
This change in weather also brings a change in our body constitution, and suddenly we find our sweat glands activated, skin getting flaky, hair suddenly becoming unmanageable, heals getting extremely rough and cracks appearing, and no amount of vaseline gelly is sufficient to keep the lips moisturized. 
Although, most people love the warmth and light of the sun, specially after a span of extremely cold winters.
But too much sun exposure can significantly damage human skin.
The sun's heat dries out areas of unprotected skin and depletes the skin's supply of natural lubricating oils.
In addition, the sun's Ultraviolet (UV) radiations can cause burning and long-term changes in the skin's structure.
And, today's blog is about knowing how damaging the sun rays can be for the skin, identifying the first signs of sun damage that we call suntan, and the lifelong damages which can be seen in the form of age spots, marks, pigmentation, melasma and in extreme cases, leading to skin cancer.
Let's figure out first what are the damages caused by UVA rays :
* Drooping
* Wrinkles
* Loss of skin elasticity
* Thinner and more translucent skin
* Broken capillaries
* Liver or age spots
* Dry, rough, leathery skin
* Skin cancers
The facts is 80% of visible ageing is caused by the sun, and not by ageing itself.
Age spots, also called liver spots or lentigines, might look like extra-large freckles.
These discolored areas, which can be as big as a quarter, tend to get darker and show up more often with age. 
A spot that was tan, when you first noticed it in your 30s, can turn brown and then dark brown in your 40s and 50s.
The technical term for these changes is "photoaging," and while most people know photoaging as the face of sun damage, other types of damage can occur, depending on which type of UV ray enters the skin.
Prevention is key for avoiding sun damage from both UVA and UVB rays, because much of the sun damage that accumulates in our skin is the result of daily incidental sun exposure.
As the renowned dermatologist, Dr. David Lortscher says,
"If you are not protecting against the sun, then no need to look for products to treat age spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation, as you are fighting a losing battle."
Before you try anti-ageing treatments for fine lines, rough texture, and hyperpigmentation, ask yourself :
• Are you avoiding peak sun hours ?
• Are you covering up exposed skin by wearing hats, sunglasses and the right clothes ?
• Are you regularly using high-SPF-broad spectrum sunscreen everyday ?
If your answers are yes to all these, then you are ready to walk the fine line of reversing sun damage.
Often, we confuse sun damage with ageing signs, but the fact of the matter is continuous sun damage brings premature ageing signs on skin, as well as deteriorates the already existing ones in the longer run.
Sun tan is the initial damage caused to skin, which can be controlled and cured if timely preventive remedial measures are taken.
But the long-lasting, more harmful effects take immeasurable time and energy, and many a times it doesn't go completely, no matter how much time and effort one puts in to cure such skin issues.
As it is understood that sun protection is the most important part of skincare (check our blog on sunscreens to know everything about it's selection and usage, link - ).
Apart from this, the other remedial measures one can incorporate is the usage of right kind of products like retinoids, Vit.C, exfoliants, skin lightening and brightening creams containing agents like hydroquinone.
There are more advanced and hi-tech remedies also, like chemical exfoliation, peels, laser treatments etc. which are affordable only by a few, as well as have their own after-effects. Moreover, the results are mostly temporary and over the time may reappear.
Therefore, it's always advisable to stick to the natural products and procedures that will give everlasting results.
PBP has an array of skincare products to take care of the skin in this aspect :
#Anti-tan powder face mask, when combined with Luxurious Elixir Gel, to form a paste and applied on skin will not only help to remove the tan, but also bring back the natural skin tone to a more brighter and clear complexion.
This Anti-tan powder face mask contains Rakta-chandan and Lodhra, known for removing blemishes and marks on skin.
#Vit. C skincare range which includes Vit.C facewash, Vit.C face serum and Vit.C face mask.
#Facial Ubtan, helps in clearing the skin, can be used as a cleanser, as well as face pack, clarifying and tightening the skin, giving it a nice, natural glow.
And there's an interesting news for all PBP followers, we are launching our two new active based face serums, specially formulated to relieve all your such skin concerns as damages due to sun exposure and ageing.
So stay tuned and get excited.....
And this is your reminder :
                WEAR SPF EVERYDAY !

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