Have you ever wondered what kind of impact the sun has on your skin?

Hello, Naked Beauties! Today we are going to be learning about the sun and how it directly relates to your skincare. 

If I was a betting gal, I would wager that most of you have probably experienced “sunburn” at least once in your life. However, few of us are aware of all the other issues that can stem from UV exposure. A handful of the most important reasons to protect your skin are to prevent sunburn, skin cancer, premature aging, sun spots and hyperpigmentation.

Sunburn is one of the most common forms of sun damage. It occurs when you have prolonged exposure to the sun with no protection in place. It causes redness, weakness and pain within your skin. For most cases, it is very irritating and can last for multiple weeks. In severe cases, blisters can form and make it all the more painful and damaging. 

Skin cancer is one of the most severe types of sun damage. It forms when the sun’s UV rays meet your skin. Getting sunburn throughout your life increases your risk of skin cancer later on. The most common kinds of skin cancer are: Basal Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer, and Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin. 

Aging is something most of us are trying to slow down, but the sun can hinder your efforts. Premature aging is largely caused by UV rays. Symptoms of premature aging include, wrinkles and sagging skin, along with skin discoloration. Not only is this not cosmetically pleasing, but it is a warning sign that your skin is on it’s way to a potentially worse diagnosis. 

Sun spots and hyperpigmentation are another form of sun damage. Unlike sunburn, they do not last for a short period of time. In most cases, they hang around for extended periods of time. Not only are they a pain to look at, but they affect your skin’s all around health and ability to protect the rest of your body. All in all, they’re like a chink in your armor. 

Fortunately, these forms of sun damage are almost completely avoidable if you choose to protect your skin. Let us know in the comments below what you use to defend your skin from the sun!