When the cold winter months set in, there is nothing more enticing than soaking up the sun and enjoying its warmth. Heading out for a beach vacation means sitting on the beach and working on your sun tan and returning home with that bronzed look. However, what a lot of people do not realise is that while sunlight can give you the essential amount of vitamin D, too much of it can actually cause damage to the skin. Studies have shown that if your skin is exposed to excessive sunlight, it can be severely damaged – from sunburns to wrinkles and most dangerously, skin cancer.
Actually, what the sun does is that it damages the natural fibres of the skin, known as elastin, which leads to the skin becoming loose, saggy and flaccid. Because of the loss of elastin, the skin also loses its ability to protect itself against bruising or tearing and is unable to heal at the same speed as it used to.
Here are just some of the problems that too much exposure to the sun can cause:
Some of the other problems that sun damage could cause include benign tumours, freckles, sallowness, which is a type of yellow discoloration of the skin and Telangiectasia, which is the dilation of the small blood vessels, which are present, right under the skin.
One of the reasons why most people are not able to recognise the damage caused by the sun is because they are unable to identify the symptoms. Many a times, the damage has already been done, by the time, people realise that something has gone wrong. Here are some of the most common symptoms of your skin being damaged by over exposure to the sun:
Treating sun damage can be tough at times, which is why it would be sensible to take the necessary precautions instead.
If you remain sun safe and check your entire body on a regular basis, you could be safe from the damage that sun can cause.