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Sun Damaged Skin a Big Problem for Many Women

If you have sun damaged skin, you are not alone. There are many women in the same position. Here, you can learn more about the symptoms, the underlying causes and the solutions for healing sun damaged skin.

Sun damage can cause a variety of symptoms including dryness, roughness, uneven pigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles and premature skin aging. The number of symptoms that you have will depend on how much time you have spent in the sun.

Dryness is one of the first symptoms and may be temporary or long-lasting. Over time, excessive exposure to UV rays from the sun can damage the skin’s ability to retain moisture.

Roughness is usually accompanied by dryness. Instead of feeling smooth and soft, the skin feels rough or leathery.

Uneven pigmentation is sometimes referred to as age spots. When the skin is exposed to UV radiation from the sun, the melanin-producing cells called melanocytes beneath the skin’s surface are stimulated. Melanin is responsible for the color of your skin.

Melanin is part of the body’s natural protection system that converts UVB rays to heat, preventing the rays from damaging cellular DNA in such a way that they could become cancer cells. Over time, the melanin producing cells can become damaged. They produce more melanin in some areas than in others. What we see is uneven skin pigmentation or age spots.

Fine lines and wrinkles are basically the same thing. They are semi-permanent folds that form in the skin. Fine lines are simply less noticeable, but they can become deep wrinkles as time goes by. Often the first place that a woman sees the fine lines is at the corners of her eyes. They are commonly called “crow’s feet”.

Premature skin aging may include all of these symptoms or just a few of them. Aging is a natural part of life but when the visible signs of aging begin to appear prior to your 40s, it is considered “premature”. In addition to sun damage, another cause of premature skin aging is exposure to tobacco smoke.

The underlying causes of sun damage are related to free radical molecules that reside in the skin. The molecules become over-excited when they are exposed to UV radiation from the sun or to the toxins in cigarette smoke.

There are antioxidants such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase in the skin. Melanin also has some antioxidant activity. The job of these antioxidants is to neutralize free radicals before they can do permanent damage to the skin’s cells or fibers.

With age or because of excessive exposure to sunlight, the number of antioxidants within the skin becomes depleted. The radicals are free to do their damage. What we see is sun damaged skin.

While many other treatments have been tried and proposed, the latest research indicates that the best solutions for sun damaged skin are nutraceuticals.

You can learn more about the nutraceutical solution for sun damaged skin by clicking this link: Sun Damaged Skin Solution for Women