You’ve always kept sunscreen in your beach bag, but surely you can stop worrying about the sun now that you’re older – after all, any damage has already been done, right? Not so fast! Although it’s widely thought that most sun exposure happens before the age of 18, sun damage can continue to impact your skin throughout your life. In other words, the steps you take now can make a big difference in your skin’s youthful appearance now and in the future. Read on to learn the answers to your most pressing questions about sun damage – and how to prevent it.
What is Sun Damage?
Spending time in the sunshine feels wonderful, but as the sun gives off ultra-violet light, it also damages your skin. Over time, these UV rays can cause wrinkles and dark spots. Sun damage can also cause dry skin, pigmentation and even skin cancer.
Do I Only Need to Worry When it’s Really Hot?
You may be tempted to use sun protection only when it’s scorching outside, or when you’re spending a day at the lake, beach or pool, but you should wear sun protection all year long. 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.
When is the Sun at its Strongest?
Being sun smart is particularly important between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV light is at its strongest. If you are unsure about how strong the UV rays are, do the shadow test. If your shadow is shorter than you are, the sunrays are strong – so make sure you’re protected!
What Can I do to Protect Against Sun Damage?
You can’t turn back the clock, but you can help reduce future sun damage with sun-smart habits. A vital part of your daily skincare routine should be to apply broad-spectrum sun protection with an SPF of at least 15. (“Broad spectrum” means that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.) For lightweight protection, try Olay ProX Age Repair Lotion with SPF 30. Its anti-aging formula, with broad spectrum SPF 30, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and provides long-lasting hydration.
What Can I do to Fade Dark Spots?
To help fade dark spots and uneven skin tone caused by past sun damage, try this regimen:
- Apply Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Treatment to your skin after cleansing. This targeted tone-correcting treatment exfoliates the surface of your skin and visibly fades dark spots and discoloration in just four weeks*
- Apply Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream, a fast-absorbing moisturizing cream that fades the look of dark spots, age spots, sun spots and discoloration
For more ideas on how to reduce age spots and wrinkles, check out these tips. And, of course, if sun damage has caused any change to existing moles, let your doctor or dermatologist know.
What’s your top way to keep your skin looking youthful and healthy? Share your ideas in the comments section below, and check out Olay for more skincare tips.
*Clinically tested to show a reduction in the appearance of dark spots among 117 Chinese females 25 to 55 years of age