How to prevent photoaging

Sun exposure, in the right amount, is beneficial to your health. Fifteen to twenty minutes of exposure to the sun's rays a day, will let you pick up your main source of vitamin D, which is vital to good health, and this is without counting the benefits that sunshine has on symptoms of depression.

However, the sun rays can also cause skin damage, and it is the sun’s ultraviolet rays that breaks down the skin's connective tissueand this condition is called solar elastosis or as it is more commonly known, photoaging.

Photoaging primarily affects the areas that are more exposed and vulnerable to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays, like the face, neck and neckline and the top of the hands.

Fine wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, spider veins on the nose and cheeks, freckles and brown spots, discoloration, uneven texture and lack of elasticity, are all signs of accumulated years of sun exposure, and not a direct result of chronological age.

To prevent photoaging, first off you’ll want to avoid the mid day sun, use a broad-spectrum, high-SPF sunscreen based on your skin type,

To repair and and try to reverse visible signs of photodamaged skin, you’ll need to use deep acting moisturizers that contain healing antioxidants that helps protect the skin from free radicals which causes the breakdown of collagen.

Topical creams that contain lactobionic acid or a gluconolactone acid base helps repair the damage, along with the addition of an antioxidant cream that contains lipoic acid which according to experts, can be applied in small amounts several times a day.

Our nutrition is also just as important for keeping our skin young looking, drinking plenty of water, and eating fruit and vegetables and other food that are rich in retinols and carotenoids will also help in the battle against premature skin aging.

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