Do you love to suntan?
Getting that sun-kissed, bronzed look may seem attractive… for a while. The sun does major damage to the skin, known as photo aging, especially with prolonged periods of exposure.
Ultraviolet rays in sunlight is the main culprit. They generate toxic free radicals, particularly reactive oxygen species that damage cells and cause them to lose their ability to regenerate, leading to senescence and even predisposing us to cancer of the skin.
Signs of photo aging include pigmentation, laxity, wrinkles and fine vessels, amongst others. At an early stage, it may still be medically treatable and reversible, but at a late stage, a modest improvement is at best hoped for.
Sunblock should be a daily routine, with religious application on sun-exposed areas such as the face, neck, décolletage, dorsum of hands and forearms.
So, thinking of hitting the beach this summer? Think again. It may be worthwhile to slap on oodles of sunblock instead of getting baked and burnt.