Sun’s Impact on your Aging Skin


If you work under the sun for most hours of the day, you will notice prominent signs of premature sun aging. Sun aging is the early aging signs on your skin, such as sagging skin, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, dullness, etc. If you notice these sudden and untimely changes on your skin, it is time to take action. 

Many factors contribute to premature skin aging, such as pollution, stress, smoking, food habits, etc. The most impactful of these is sun aging. You might not notice these signs of aging, so in today’s article, we will highlight them so you can seek professional help to help your skin glow and feel healthy! Let us begin.

7 Signs Your Skin Experiences Sun Aging

Do you stay under the sun for most of your day? Then here are some clues and signs of sun damage on your skin:

1. Your Skin Has Premature Wrinkles

Do you notice smile lines, wrinkles, and drooping skin on your face, even before you hit your middle ages? These are prominent signs of your skin aging prematurely. Your skin is damaging if you are out in the sun without any umbrella, sunscreen, or sun protection. 

These are signs that your skin is gradually sagging and aging more than it should at your age. 

2. Rough Patches on Skin

Do you notice some dark and rough patches on your skin that are scaly and dry to touch? These are signs that you are suffering from Actinic keratosis. Actinic keratosis is a sign such as scaly patches and hyperpigmentation on your skin due to extreme exposure to the sun’s UV rays. They are often dark pink or brown and are common around your face, ears, neck, scalp, and arms. 

They occur as tan spots and can be very itchy and irritating on your skin. Most of these are temporary, but these can worsen over time if you do not cater to your skincare regime. 

3. Sunburns

If you have ever visited the beach without sunscreen, sunburn is a known word in your dictionary. Red patches are all over your skin, usually stinging and painful to touch. Your skin might also peel and feel very uncomfortably warm. 

Most often, sunburns itches, which can make the experience worse. While these heal over time, you might experience the harsh effects of these sunburns later in your life. Hence, follow the expert advice of applying the subscreen before leaving your home on sunny days. 

4. Dry Lip Problems

Do your lips become dry and chappy very often? Then chances are that you are suffering from Actinic cheilitis, which is actinic keratosis, but for lips. You can detect the signs of Actinic cheilitis if you feel your lips get dryer and scaly after every few hours. 

Your lips feel like sandpaper to touch, scaly and peeling in places, and have discolored spots due to sun damage. Some of the other signs of Actinic cheilitis are:

  • Cracked lips
  • Very dry and crusty on the surface
  • Yellow or white patches in several areas of your lips

While Actinic cheilitis might not be too harmful, some of these symptoms increase the risk of skin cancer. 

5.Poikiloderma of Civatte

Poikiloderma of Civatte is skin discoloration and is not cancerous. You will find pinkish or reddish-brown spots on your neck, cheeks, and other facial areas. Your skin will also feel dry and sensitive due to this problem caused by prolonged sun exposure. You might also find some fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your skin. 

With time, your skin tone will become more uneven and patchy if you do not take a skin protection regimen outside under the sun.

6. Atypical moles 

While moles are very common on our skin, atypical moles are a bit more dangerous. These moles look a little more unusual than the others and change color, have an uneven surface, and get darker with time. Some of these changes are only visible under a microscope. These moles can also itch and bleed over time, which are signs it is cancerous.

If these moles do not show these symptoms, they are benign but still need medical treatment. If you are not careful about these moles on your body, they might turn dangerous shortly. 

7. Rosacea

The sun affects not only our skin but also the blood vessels within. Rosacea is the name of this skin condition where the sun penetrates our skin and affects the small blood vessels underneath. You will notice your skin flushing and flushing due to the fluid leaks, which causes your skin to have bumps and reddish scars on your skin. These bumps are pus-filled and look like acne formation.

Most women between the ages of 30 to 50 suffer from Rosacea, where these signs flare up and leave temporarily. Rosacea is also more prevalent among fair-skinned women. 

How to Protect Your Face Against Possible Sun Damage?

There are many ways to prevent further sun damage and its effects on your skin. All you have to do is:

  • Avoid being out for too long between 10 AM to 3 PM. During this time, the UV rays are more potent and cause skin damage. 
  • Wear sunscreen before all outings under the sun. Apply the lotion every few hours to ensure that your skin has optimum protection. 
  • Wear light-colored and long-sleeved clothes when out on a sunny day. Carry an umbrella or a sun-protection hat to protect your face from the harsh sun rays. 

Treat Wrinkles and Aged Skin Today with Mini Facelift Surgery

If you are a young adult looking to do away with the sun’s damage to your facial features, such as wrinkles, jowls, and fine lines, Dr. Jacono from New York Center for Facial Plastic Surgery can help you out! 

Mini facelifts are excellent solutions for women in their 30s and 40s to recover quickly and enjoy a youthful and blooming glow. Dr. Jacono has published his experiences with facial rejuvenation and procedures in various international plastic surgery journals, making him a trustworthy surgeon to help your sun-damaged face. So contact us today at  (212) 570-2500 and book your consultation to clock back your facial beauty.

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