Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Sun And Your Skin

by Ramat Omaye Yakubu

As very important the sun is to life, so it could really be harmful to the skin, if you constantly expose your skin to the ultra violet radiation from the sun, which causes change in many vital skin structure.

The most noticeable sun-induced pigment change is a freckle or solar lentigo, light skinned people tend to freckle more noticeable, a freckle is caused when the melanin-producing cell, or melanocyte is damaged causing it to get bigger, large freckles also known as age spots or liver spots can be seen on the backs of the hands, chests, shoulders, arms and upper back, these are not usually age related but sun damage related.

Most of the bruising that occurs on the backs of the hands and fore arms, the sun also causes the appearance of tiny blood vessles in the skin expecially on the face.

The most exposed areas of the body i.e. the ears, neck and back of the hands, these places are more likely to get skin bumps, there are usually small crusty bumps that can be felt better than they can be seen.

The ability of the sun to also cause skin cancer is also a well known fact.

There are ways of protecting your skin from the harsh effects of the sun, i.e by using sun screened body cream or lotion especially those with Aleo Vera as aleo vera is a great way to help cool down the skin, once you’re in the sun.

Without protecting your skin, it can easily be damaged with wrinkles, age spots, actinic keratoses, dreadful skin cancer and other horrible side effects of the sun.

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