What Is Photoaging?

You may have heard the term photoaging before but you don’t know what it means. This article will discuss photoaging and how it affects your skin. We will also talk about possible ways you can prevent damage from photoaging to keep your skin looking young and healthy! Skin aging is a natural part of life, and there are many ways of preventing extreme or premature aging with skin care products. Photoaging is one of the leading causes of skin aging. Wrinkles, lines, and dark circles are the bane your existence, but how you prevent them? It starts with understanding the causes of these aging signs.

What Is Photoaging?

Photoaging is a more technical term for sun damage. Essentially, photoaging is the premature aging of the skin from extended or repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. So why is the name so misleading? I don’t want to go in to an etymological tangent, but photo comes from the Greek word for light. Therefore, photoaging refers to the aging of the skin by light. There are other kinds of aging, like chronologic aging, which is merely the natural decay of all things over time. Some of the effects of aging are just inevitable and irreversible. But if you want to achieve visibly younger skin, why not focus on the types of skin aging that you can challenge?

What Are The Signs Of Photoaging?

The signs of photoaging are pretty easy to spot. In fact, you are probably already intimately familiar with these unfortunate imperfections. For example, fine lines that appear around your eyes and mouth, sometimes called crow’s feet, are evidence of excessive sun exposure. Now, pretty much everyone has excessive exposure to the sun, but we’ll talk about how you can minimize your exposure in a bit. Other signs of photoaging include spider veins on the nose and cheeks. These really add age and are much harder to eliminate. Pigmentation is another common sign of photoaging, as is general uneven skin tone and sun spots. Natural aging creates some sagging, wrinkling, and dryness, but often these things are exacerbated by sun exposure.

How Does The Sun Affect Skin?

Skin protection is vitally important for skin health and beauty, and this is why. UVB radiation from the sun penetrates the epidermal layer of the skin. This is the outermost layer. UVB rays damage the DNA in your skin and alter skin cells. Ultimately these damaging factors could causes cancerous cells to develop. UVA radiation also damages the epidermis but penetrates even deeper in to the skin to the dermis. UVA radiation is even more damaging because it hurts collagen and elastin molecules. Collagen and elastin are essential for healthy skin because they provide the structure of the dermis and keep the skin firm, tight, and protected.

How Much Sun Is too Much Sun

You may already be aware of the damage of UV radiation. But what can you do about it? After all, we all have to spend time outside and we all love soaking up some sun from time to time. So how much sun is too much sun? It really depends on the person. Skin type plays a role, for example. Fair-skinned people burn more easily and are therefore at greater risk of photoaging damage. Darker skinned people may not see the signs of photoaging as easily, but damage can still occur undetected.

How Can I Protect My Skin From Photoaging?

Luckily, there are a lot of ways to protect your skin and still enjoy the benefits of the sun. Remember that the harshest period of sun exposure is from about 10 am to 3 pm. Try and stay in the shade when you can and avoid direct sunlight without some sort of protection. Dermatologists recommend that you wear at least an SPF 30 that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Just as important is reapplication is every few hours to avoid UV rays sneaking through as the cream wears off. If you like wearing cosmetic makeups, try incorporating products that already contain broad spectrum sunscreen.

In addition to prevention, you can also treat already visible signs of photoaging. There are more and more products being created all the time that are meant to treat damage skin. The obvious ones are botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers, laser treatments, and dermabrasion, to name a few. Vitamin A skin creams and serums are also good to use on damaged skin. Get in touch with a dermatologist to find the best course of action!