Wrinkles and Sun Exposure: Protecting Your Skin (and your eyes)
by Optoplus / June 2021
Did you know that 90% of wrinkles appear as a direct link to UV ray exposure? Although skin aging is a normal phenomenon, it is possible to lessen the appearance of premature wrinkles and eye diseases through simple actions, especially by practicing healthy sun protection habits. 1
No, Tanning is Not “Healthy”
While some people still associate a tanned complexion with a feeling of well-being, the long-term risks have less of a glow. The permanent effects of sun exposure are cumulative and can take 10 to 20 years to appear as wrinkles, sunspots, skin cancer or cataracts.1
The Skin Around the Eyes is Particularly Sensitive
Since the epidermis around the eyes is 4 times thinner than the rest of the face, it is more susceptible to premature photoaging2.
How do Rays Damage the Skin and Eyes?
Although solar energy is essential, ultraviolet radiation can be damaging to the health of the skin and eyes. Invisible as they may be their effects are nevertheless quite tangible.
During short exposure, UVB rays activate the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for tanning. During prolonged exposure (varies from person to person), these rays are the cause of sunburn, wrinkles and certain eye conditions.
As for UVA rays, they can potentially damage the deep layers of the epidermis, leading to DNA damage. They are also linked to cataracts and macular degeneration1.
4 Habits to Help Limit the Harmful Effects of UV Rays
Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. For optimal protection, choose oversized frames that completely cover the eye area. Yes, even in winter.
Apply sunscreen, summer and winter – rain or shine! The rays really do cross the layers of clouds. Wearing sunscreen is the best anti-aging treatment there is.
Avoid prolonged exposure from 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Hats and caps can block up to 50% of UV rays.
By adopting these few habits, the adage “soaking up the sun” will take on its full meaning. Focusing on the long-term pleasure means less risk to the health of the skin, eyes and a healthy aging epidermis!3.
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