Did you know that today is National Old Stuff Day? It's time do something different than the same old thing. If the "same old thing" has always meant heading out without a hat, forgetting to use sunscreen and hoping your skin will never show your age, then maybe this is the day to change your old habits. You don't want to end up looking like old stuff, do you?
You might be gearing up for spring break, and while a week of scorching in the sun might sound like an escape, it’s not as enticing as you think. Sure, spend your vacation indulging in the beauty of the great outdoors, but here’s why you might want to keep your skin protected from the sun.
That "gorgeous" tan is just a sign of skin damage
Your skin contains melanin, a chemical that is triggered by sun exposure. As melanin production increases in response to UV light, it absorbs some of those harmful rays. The more melanin that’s produced, the harder your body is working to protect itself, but the more the sun’s rays are getting to you. That melanin production also makes your skin look tan. A tan isn’t a way of showing off your health; it’s your body’s way of telling you that you’re getting old before your time.
Saggy skin? It might be the sun
As you age, collagen production diminishes, meaning that the tight, plump apples of your cheeks begin to look saggy and sallow. Exposing your skin to the sun over and over again throughout your life dissolves collagen, reducing the binding fibers that support your skin and making you appear to age even faster.
The sun activates your age
Research shows that UV rays trigger DNA damage and deplete the antioxidants in the cells. Sun exposure basically starts a chain of events that leaves you looking like you’re ages older than you really are.
If you really want to look your age (or younger), add some sun protective clothing to your daily sun-shielding routine. Clothing with 50+ UV protection safeguards your skin even better than fabrics that don’t have SPF, even when you’re in the car or sitting in the office.