The burning issue of too much sun

When you open the curtains and the sun streams in, there’s no denying its feel good factor. And let’s face it, without the sun, none of us would actually be here. But while it supports life all over the planet, the sun is also pretty fierce. Like everything else, moderation is key when it comes to catching a few rays.

So, ten minutes to half an hour in the sun to top up your Vitamin D levels is good. Basking on a beach towel and sipping Prosecco on the patio for hours isn’t so great. It sounds relaxing and idyllic, but it’s not going to do you any favours if you want to maintain youthful-looking skin. You mightn’t notice it at first, but the damage is accumulative.

Rest assured, you’ll almost certainly regret too much sun exposure as your skin matures. And since we can’t see the ‘baked turtle’ look coming into vogue any time soon, let’s delve a little deeper into the need to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

UVA vs UVB radiation. What’s the difference?

As far as premature ageing of the skin is concerned, ultraviolet A radiation (aka UVA) is the primary culprit. Whether it comes from the sun or from blue tubes in a tanning salon, it penetrates deep into the dermis and causes wrinkles.

Ultraviolet B radiation (UVB), on the other hand, is the biggie in relation to skin cancer. It’s the one that affects the surface of your skin, damaging its DNA. UVB rays can burn unprotected skin in as little as 15 minutes, but it doesn’t actually need to burn for damage to occur.

The telltale signs of sun exposure

The scary prospect of skin cancer aside, too much sun can cause age spots and dark patchy areas of hyperpigmentation (yes, even if you’re naturally blessed in the melanin department), and – did we mention wrinkles already?

To protect your skin and stay looking fresh-faced into your 40s, 50s and far beyond, a good-quality sunscreen – like Dermatude Multi Defence SPF cream, which blocks both UVA and UVB – is one of the most sensible primer products to have in your beauty arsenal.

What if you’ve already overdone it?

If you’ve been an overenthusiastic sun worshipper at any point, you may already have signs of sun damage. Is all lost, you ask? Not entirely. You can actually stimulate your skin’s natural ability to repair itself with Dermatude metatherapy. By creating temporary microperforations in the skin, it triggers the healing process, producing fresh collagen and elastin that naturally plumps out fine lines and wrinkles, and softens and fades hyperpigmentation spots without aggressive skin bleaching.

It’s not a magical miracle cure that will make you look 16 again. But it can absolutely reduce the effects of overexposure.