When we think of a tan, it’s not uncommon to automatically associate a glowing complexion with good health. Unfortunately, the sun is responsible for much of the skin changes that we consider to be normal signs of aging. At Paul Angelchik, MD Plastic Surgery, we understand how important skin care is, especially with the strong Phoenix sun that we get here.
Sunburns are an obvious sign of skin damage, but suntans are rather damaging as well. When you get a tan, it is the result of the sun’s rays killing some cells and damaging others. Sun exposure can cause the following changes in your skin:
- Pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions
- Benign tumors
- Irregular pigmentation
Too much exposure to the sun’s UV rays can also cause elastosis, which occurs when the fibers in the skin are damaged. A breakdown in elastin makes it so the skin doesn’t bounce back into place after stretching, causing the skin to sag and stretch.
Reducing your exposure to the suns UV rays is the best preventative method to protect yourself from skin damage. Try to avoid the sun when it is at its strongest point between 10am and 2pm. When you are out in the sun, protect yourself by:
- Using a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher
- Using a sunscreen that has broad spectrum protection
- Wearing protective clothing
- Wearing sunglasses that protect against UV rays
If you have experienced sun damage to the face and are looking for options to regain a more youthful appearance, contact the Phoenix plastic surgery practice of Dr. Paul Angelchik at 602-375-8888 to schedule your consultation today.