Sun: Excessive exposure can harm your skin and cause ageing
22 Nov 2015
Sun is beneficial to both physical and mental health but as with most things, only in small doses. The sun is also vital for the production of Vitamin D in the body, however excessive exposure without adequate protection can cause alterations in the skin on a genetic level.
Sun exposure causes changes such as:
– Sun Spots
– Skin Cancer
Be sun-wise and proceed with caution
Every time the sun soaks your skin with its warm rays, the skin is busy producing a pigment known as melanin which disperses and absorbs the rays into the skin. This results in a tan if you are lucky or alternatively in a sunburn. This is your bodies natural means of defence from harmful radiation and is, in fact, a burn as the name suggest – in other words, not good!
Over time, the ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation in the sunshine will weaken the living layer of the skin, known as the dermis, and promote wrinkles, brown spots, and even the onset of skin cancers.
The most common and least aggressive form of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma. It originates in the top layer of skin, the epidermis, and generally doesn’t spread any further. While another form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma—often remains at its original site, it is more harmful and very likely to spread to other parts of the body. Both basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas can be cured if detected early and treated immediately. However, melanoma — is cancer that starts in the skin’s pigment cells and rapidly spreads to other organs— it is deadly. It causes 75% of all deaths from skin cancer.
We recommend Heliocare for sun protection and ingestible sunscreens such as Ovelle capsules and Heliocare Ultra Oral capsules. You can now choose your protection as all are now readily available.