As the days grow longer and the summer stretches ahead of us, we find ourselves spending longer in the sun. Whilst sunlight can have a positive effect on our health and wellbeing, prolonged exposure can compromise the quality and texture of our skin.
As a form of non-visible light, ultraviolet is a form of radiation. Therefore, it is important to cultivate healthy practices that protect against UV damage. In consultation with Dr. Debra Jaliman, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, we discuss external and internal measures that support a wholistic approach to sun protection.
UV AND ITS EFFECTS
There are numerous beneficial effects of UV light that are essential to healthy cell and body function. Ultraviolet radiation is essential in aiding the production of vitamin D. This in turn, provides vital support for a number of bodily functions. This includes regulating cell growth, immune functions and metabolic control.
However, prolonged radiation can result in acute wear and tear on the skin. This can be seen in uneven pigmentation, brown spots, broken blood vessels, and the breakdown of collagen and elastic tissue that, in turn, leads to sagging skin.