Skin Care Tips
Do You Have Sun Damage?
Take this quiz too see how healthy your skin is. Then learn how to mitigate the damage!
-Paige Herman Axel
Being sun-smart is a lifelong vocation. The damage you do to your skin in your teens might not show up until you’re in your late twenties or thirties, but by then it’s too late to go back and undo it. No quick beauty tip is going to make a significant difference. The ignorance of our youth (in the form of unprotected sun exposure and periodic bouts with tanorexia) often results in dark spots and rough texture down the line, and although these symptoms can be treated, it can take time (or expensive and possibly painful dermatological procedures) to get skin back on track.
Though we’re focusing on the appearance of our skin here, it’s important to know that sun damage is strongly linked to skin cancer, which is why it’s even more imperative to protect your skin from the sun starting right now. If you answer yes to any of these questions, it’s possible that you already have sun damage – even if you can’t see it yet.
1. Have you spent many summers by the beach or the pool trying to get as tan as possible? We’ve all done it. Before we know any better, a deep, dark tan is like a souvenir you bring back from a trip or spring break to show the world that you did nothing but lay out all day.
2. Is sunscreen a relative newcomer to your beauty routine? Fortunately, I think we’re all more aware of the importance of sun protection these days. But on the flip side, sunscreen isn’t going to erase the damage that’s already been done. The number one way to prevent damage is to start wearing sunscreen every day, rain or shine, starting now.