"UVA rays are generally linked to the aging of skin cells and tend to be the cause of wrinkles, sunspots and other signs of sun damage," Dr. King says.
"Sun damage can present as dark spots, aberrant blood vessels or ruddiness, or with skin laxity and wrinkles," Dr. Bard says.
"It is possible to reverse [sun damage] to some extent utilizing lasers, chemical peels and certain topical medications to destroy dark spots and vessels, encourage collagen deposition and remove the damaged layers of skin," Dr. Bard says.
Hadley King, board-certified dermatologist in New York City, says sun damage often looks different across skin tones.
"In lighter skin types, thinning of the skin, fine lines and discolorations will be apparent," she says, while "In darker skin types, discolorations may be the most prominent feature of sun damage".
The technical term for these changes is "photoaging," and while most people know photoaging as the face of sun damage, other types of damage can occur, depending on which type of UV ray enters the skin.
King says, because "much of the sun damage that accumulates in our skin is the result of daily incidental sun exposure". Dr.
"UVB rays, on the other hand, are the principal cause of sunburns, directly damage DNA in skin cells and are linked to most skin cancers.
They increase the turnover of skin cells, increase collagen production and decrease discoloration," as well as reduce pore clogging, Dr. King says.
King says humectants and emollients can hydrate and smooth the skin to keep it looking plump, which is particularly important for dry skin.
This like-dislike combination means I probably spend too much time in direct sunlight, and although I always wear sunscreen, SPF doesn’t always feel like a magic defense against pesky UV rays — especially not when my post-beach shower reveals bright pink skin.
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