Many people are unaware that the main reason for the visible signs of aging of the skin is because of exposure to the sun.
While we all require some sunlight to remain healthy and get our share of vitamin D, most people get more than their fair share and the resulting overexposure to the sun ages most people prematurely.
Having a slight tan coloring our skin can give the impression that we look somewhat healthier but the opposite can be true with the damage that is going on below the skin.
The ultra violet rays from sunlight promote the production of melanin and that is why we tan, but this also creates free radicals that destroy the lipids and proteins in the epidermis, which is the thin outermost layer of skin.
Damage can also occur deeper within the skin as the collagen is destroyed.
Collagen is responsible for the elasticity of the skin and keeping our skin firm.
Obviously with a reduction in the elasticity of the skin we will begin to look aged sooner.
Antioxidants will help to reduce the damage that the sun will do to the skin but the best solution is to use suitable protection so the skin doesn’t get damaged in the first place.
Other than remaining out of the sun as much as possible, which isn’t a feasible solution, the best course of action to take is to always ensure that you wear a good sunscreen with an SPF factor of 15 or more depending on your skin type.
Certain sunscreen lotions can cause irritation for people with sensitive skin so, as with all the products you use on your face, try a test sample first.
Make sure you cover all exposed areas of your face and especially the ears where many people forget to apply sunscreen.
Lips are prone to burn easily so a lip cream with an SPF factor should also be used.
Wide brimmed hats and sunglasses will also help to keep the sun off your face and reduce the aging affects.