Many of us who are in our 50s and 60s grew up spending hours by the pool, without sunscreen, using tanning oils and even, sometimes, aluminum foil in order to absorb as much sun as possible! Now, we live in sunny Colorado and most of us love being outside. We’re hopefully smarter and use good quality sunscreens, but sun exposure can still occur, exacerbating what we did to our skin when we were younger.
Immediate effects of sun damage are usually visualized as a sunburn, with redness and possibly swelling. Long term effects of sun exposure include brown spots (letigines), rough skin texture, dull looking skin and wrinkles. Not only do these make us look older, but they can also progress into skin cancer. Therefore, it is important to negate the effects of sun exposure. Fortunately, there are many treatments and products that may help with sun damage repair.