Fun in the sun: how to reduce and prevent sun damage

Fun in the sun: how to reduce and prevent sun damage

You might tell yourself the damage has already been done, but protecting your skin from the sun is just as vital now as it always was. Here’s why…

You might tell yourself the damage has already been done, but protecting your skin from the sun is just as vital now as it always was. Here’s why…

When you were younger, you probably applied sun cream religiously on holiday, and even wore it on your exposed bits on a sunny day back in Britain. But now you’re over 50, you don’t have to worry so much about your sun-care routine, right?

Wrong. Although it’s widely thought that most sun exposure happens before the age of 18 – when you were carefree and outside all of the time – sun damage continues to happen throughout your life. So the steps you take now can make a big difference to how youthful your skin appears now, and in the future.

Here’s what every woman over 50 should know…

What exactly is sun damage?

Spending time in the sunshine is a wonderful thing, but it also damages your skin. This is because the sun gives off ultra-violet light, which can break down collagen and elastin, two proteins that help to keep skin firm. So over time, too much sun exposure can result in wrinkles and sagging skin.

Not only that, but your skin makes a chemical called melanin to protect itself against UV rays. Too much sun can cause a clump of it to form, which shows up as a flat brown or black mark, known as an age spot. Sun damage can also trigger dry skin, pigmentation, and even skin cancer.

Do I only need to worry when it’s really hot?

You may be tempted to think about sun protection only when it’s scorching outside and you’re spending a day at the lake, beach or pool, but you should wear sun protection all year round.

Even on a cloudy or hazy day, UV rays can still reach your skin. In fact, many people get burnt when it’s cooler because they forget to protect themselves. When you’re on the beach or in areas with snow or water, you risk even more damage, as these surfaces reflect the sun.

How do I know when the sun is at its strongest?

Generally, UV rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm. But if you’re unsure how strong the UV rays are, do the shadow test: if your shadow is shorter than you are, the sun rays are strong, so ensure you’re protected!

What can I do to reduce sun damage?

You can’t turn back the clock, but you can combine your sun protection with a skincare routine that will help you look more youthful.

Try looking for an anti-ageing moisturiser with SPF protection. Ensure that it’s broad spectrum (meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays) and that it has an SPF of at least 15.

For example, for everyday protection, Olay Regenerist 3 Point Moisturiser SPF30 will help keep you safe from the ageing effects of sun damage, while also rehydrating skin and helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Our top anti-ageing tip? Slather a little on to the back of your hands to keep them protected from age spots, too.

For more ideas on how to protect yourself from further sun damage, check out how to update your anti-ageing routine for the summer. And, of course, if sun damage is causing any change to your moles, let your doctor or dermatologist know.

What’s your top tip for keeping skin looking youthful and healthy? Share your ideas in the comments section below and check out Olay for more tips.

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All year round protection

Pat 04/06/2019

Has reminded me to wear sun protection all year round................


tisha934 27/06/2018

trying to drink a lot of water , using sun protection and body butter

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