Repeated exposure to sunlight, or artificial ultraviolet light (as with tanning beds), can cause a variety of skin problems. Over exposure to the sun contributes to premature aging and increases the risk of developing skin cancer. Some signs of sun damaged skin include telangectasia (red or purple “spider veins”), uneven pigmentation, lines and wrinkles, thinning of the skin, loss of skin elasticity, and sores that do not heal. The damage our skin suffers from sunlight is cumulative and often gradual, so the effects appear as we age and worsen with time.
Adequate protection from the sun and avoidance of other sources of ultraviolet light such as tanning salons are an important part of preventing this damage. The proper use of sunscreens, protective clothing, and avoidance of the sun during peak hours are key to protecting the skin. However, there are ways to cosmetically improve damage that has already affected the skin. Chemical peels, and topical anti-aging skin regimens, as well as various cosmetic procedures such as such as BOTOX®, and injectable fillers can reverse the cumulative damage of the sun and restore a youthful appearance.