How Does Sunlight Affect The Aging Of The Skin? (Anti Aging Q&A)

Are you always worried about whether or not you can step out in the sun?

Do you always try to avoid the sun, worried that it can harm your skin?

While the sun is important to help us maintain various functions in the body, too much exposure can have very negative results as well, especially resulting in ageing of the skin. Today, we discuss about how much exposure to the sun is fine, and what problems can arise if you expose yourself too much to the sun.

Make sure to read all the points so that you are aware of how you can take care of your skin without facing the harmful effects of the sun.

How much is too much sun exposure? 

The amount of sun exposure that your skin can take safely without any side effects depends on your skin type and your skin complexion.

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  • A maximum exposure of 5 to 10 minutes – For those who have very fair skin or pale skin and easily get freckles, tan or sun burns.
  • A maximum exposure of 10 to 20 minutes – For those who have pale skin that suffers mild tan but gets sun burns.
  • A maximum exposure of 15 to 25 minutes – For those who easily suffer a tan but suffer from sun burn only occasionally.
  • A maximum of 20 to 30 minutes – For those who have naturally darker skin and who rarely suffer any sun burn.

Why can this be harmful to the skin?

Anything more than the suggested amount of exposure to the sun can be quite harmful to the skin. Here are a few ways in which too much exposure to the sun can damage your skin:

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  • Lead to sun burns.
  • Increase the risk of skin cancer.
  • Redness and itching skin.
  • Small blisters that may or may not be painful.

As far as aging of the skin goes, does the sun also have an effect? Are these effects mostly negative or positive? 

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Exposure to the sun is one of the leading causes of the signs of ageing that you see on your skin. The ultra violet rays from the sun can cause a lot of damage to your skin, and a lot of that can be visible in the signs you can easily see.

Most of the effects of the sun that are noticeable on your skin in terms of ageing are actually negative.

5 ways in which exposure to sunlight affects the rate that skin ages, as well as its appearance: 

Here are a few ways in which exposure to sunlight can affect the rate at which your skin ages and how it looks.

1. Appearance of wrinkles and fine lines:

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One of the first signs of sun damage that you can notice on your skin is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Excess sun exposure can result in wrinkles that make a person look old. Being exposed to the sun can destroy the amount of elastin that your body produces.

Elastin is responsible to maintain your skin’s natural elasticity, but when it is not adequately present in your skin, lines look more prominent. It will also make your fine lines become deeper so that they soon become permanent and markedly visible.

2. Reduce the natural production of collagen:

Regular and over exposure to the rays of the sun can also weaken the natural elasticity of your skin and reduce the production of collagen. This can cause the skin to sag and become lose and form loose jowls and folds.

Collagen is not only responsible for maintaining your skin’s natural elasticity but also helps to give it a naturally healthy look. When there is not enough collagen present in your skin, your skin will also look dull and tired.

3. Damage the texture of the skin:

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When you are exposed to the sun for regular and long periods of time, it also has a negative effect on the texture of your skin. Your skin will lose its natural healthy radiance and instead will look dull and fatigued. It will also look and feel rough and dry.

You may also notice the appearance of small bumps and welts on the skin and your skin may also turn flaky and start to peel in severe cases of sun exposure and damage.

4. Can lead to hyperpigmentation:

It can cause pigmentation and dark spots, and in some cases can lead to severe cases of hyperpigmentation, with large patches of skin getting affected at once. One of the first areas where you can notice this sign of sun damage is the area around the eyes. This is one of the most sensitive areas on your skin and often the signs of damage show up faster here than on other parts of your face or body.

In addition to pigmentation, you may also notice freckles or age spots that are also known as sun spots.

5. More prone to bruising: 

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Regularly exposing your skin to the sun will also make it more prone to bruising and you may also notice bags around your eye area. As the sun triggers the ageing process of the skin, it makes the skin thinner which makes it more prone to bruising. It also makes the veins under your skin look more prominent.

This is also a problem because your skin can now suffer wear and tear more often, while its capacity to heal on its own starts to decline.

Does this mean that it is better to stay out of the sun? 

The sun has many benefits for our skin and it is important to get your dose of vitamin D, as having insufficient levels of the D vitamin in our bodies can cause a lot of health issues.

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1. Reduce risk of breast cancer: 

Regular sun exposure along with prescribed medicines and diet can reverse or minimize the dangers of breast cancer.

2. Help control various skin infections: 

It can cure and control various skin diseases such as eczema, psoriasis and even various fungal infections that may damage the skin.

3. Kill the bad bacteria: 

It acts as a natural disinfectant for your skin by killing the bad bacteria that do nothing but cause damage.

4. Lower your cholesterol levels: 

Being out in the sun can help to keep your cholesterol levels in check and is especially good for those who suffer from high blood pressure issues.

5. Increases amount of oxygen in the blood: 

It increases your body’s ability to properly send oxygen to the bloodstream. This is almost as healthy as getting your daily dose of exercise and can improve your muscle development and overall stamina.

Are there products that can help protect the skin from harmful rays as you go about your day 

1. Sunscreen: 

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Make sure to wear a sunscreen every day, whether or not you are going out.

2. Makeup with SPF: 

Many makeup brands also contain SPF in their product that will give you some protection against the sun’s rays.

3. SPF swimming gear: 

If you are going for swimming you can also wear swim wear that comes equipped with SPF.


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