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Skipping Sunscreen: What Happens to Your Skin Without UV Protection?

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Skipping Sunscreen: What Happens to Your Skin Without UV Protection?

While we know how important daily sun protection is, there are also times when we think that skipping it for a day is not that big of a deal. Sun damage, however, can happen any day of the year, even with moderate UV index between 3 and 5. And it only takes 15 minutes out in the sun to damage your skin.


Everyone at our aesthetic clinic in Singapore is a big proponent of wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen all year round. This is because apart from the sun promoting premature aging, too much exposure can also lead to skin cancer, skin damage, and eye injury. Continue reading as we explore more on the effects of skipping sunscreen or sun protection.


Protection from melanin may not be enough


Melanin is the natural skin pigment that gives the skin its color. Exposure to UV rays increases the production of melanin to protect the skin from serious damage. What melanin does is absorb UV rays, but only up to a certain amount. When the degree of UV damage exceeds the protection capabilities of melanin, sunburn develops.

It is worth noting that a suntan is your skin’s response to injury from UV radiation. It is your body’s way of trying to protect itself from further damage. This is why there is no such thing as a healthy tan. Tanning only puts you at risk of sunburn, damages your eyes, ages your skin, and raises your risk of developing skin cancer.


Weakens skin barrier


Also referred to as the moisture barrier, the skin barrier is the protective film on the skin’s outermost layer. It is the body’s first line of defense against irritants and is made up of cells that are joined by lipids. Lipids coat the skin and provide structural support, serving as a glue that keeps the skin cells intact.


UV rays put a strain on the lipids, drying the skin out and reducing the skin’s strength. What the radiation does is alter the structure of lipids and cause the cells in the skin barrier to become weaker or less cohesive. This then compromises the skin’s barrier and structural integrity, making it more susceptible to damage.



To Know more visit us at: https://www.cutislaserclinics.com/blog/skipping-sunscreen-what-happens-to-your-skin-without-uv-protection/

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