Summer is a great time to be outdoors, but too much sun can damage your skin. While you think you may look healthier with a tan, the sun actually accelerates the effects of aging and increases your risk for developing skin cancer.
Too much sun exposure may cause:
- Pre-cancerous and cancerous (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) skin lesions
- Benign tumors
- Fine and coarse wrinkles
- Discolored areas of the skin, called mottled pigmentation
- Sallowness -- a yellow discoloration of the skin
- Telangiectasias -- the dilation of small blood vessels under the skin
- Elastosis -- the destruction of the elastic and collagen tissue (causing lines and wrinkles)
Find out some easy ways to help prevent these and stay safe in the sun.