The wrinkle fight is one of the most common battles of aging in today's society. The sun is the major cause of wrinkles. Yet, we all want our skin to be that lovely shade of golden brown. We need to know how to prevent aged or sun damaged skin.
What you may not realize is that the result of a day in the sun in which you have scorched your skin has caused you considerable aged or sun damaged skin. The fact is you can sunburn within 15 minutes. After 30 minutes you your skin can turn red but most often in 2 to 6 hours. Pain happens within 6 to 48 hours after exposure. The burn will continue to develop for 24 to 72 hours. After a few days, your skin may blister and will probably be peeling and itching for several weeks. I am sure that is not the result you wanted. Just think if you continued this practice over several summer seasons? What would the results be? Wrinkles, age spots and with many individuals, some form of skin cancer, or more than likely all of the above.
With skin cancer you also get to go through surgery, pain, suffering, and then receive what I call the 'war wound'. These scars can end up being very large in size and all from a tiny spec the dermatologist locates somewhere on your body. While sunscreen aids in the prevention of developing squamous and basal cell carcinomas, many sunscreens do not block the harmful Ultraviolet A radiation which does not cause sunburn but can increase the rate of melanoma, also a skin cancer, and sun poisoning. So even if you are using a sunscreen, you can still be exposed to high UVA levels and not even know it. These are the grueling facts.
So, how do you prevent aged or sun damaged skin? Regular use of sunscreen can slow the development of wrinkles and those ugly age spots. However, use of a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen to address the skin cancer concerns if you have to be in the sun. Wear protective clothing or at the very least, wear a hat! Especially if you are fair skinned.
All too late in life some of us finally realize the mistakes we have made regarding our health and welfare and scramble to find a quick fix.
So, I said all that to say this: The more you age, your over-tanned, repeatedly sunburned skinned causes a wrinkle fight. Keep in mind that this fight could turn into a battle with skin cancer.