You may have spent your youth slathering on baby oil and lying on the beach with a metallic sun reflector aimed at your face. If so, you may now be noticing the damaging effects of those sun rays on your face. It can be helpful to understand how to treat the damage that has already occurred and learn ways to prevent further damage. You may have previously avoided baking your skin in the sun. However, you may still be wondering how to continue to protect your skin in order to keep it soft, supple, and free of age spots.
12. Sun Spot Risk Factors
Those with fair coloring are more susceptible to the ravages of UV sun rays on their skin. Individuals with darker skin tones receive some protection from additional melanin or skin pigments. If you are over 50, you may notice your skin beginning to show signs of aging, such as loss of elasticity. As we age, our skin becomes more fragile and sensitive to the sun. Certain medications, including acne medications and some antibiotics, can cause sun sensitivity. Other risk factors for sun spots include hobbies or jobs that require long hours outside in the sun and a weakened immune system.
11. Protecting Your Skin
To protect your skin against sun damage, it is critical to wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 when spending time out in the sun. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before heading outside to allow it to work properly. Take extra care to protect your skin when the sun is at its highest. This is between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. A wide-brimmed hat will offer protection for your face and neck, as will a hat with a sun flap. If you spend extended time in the sun, choose tightly woven clothing or purchase clothing with UV protection.