Skin that has been adversely affected by the damaging effects of UV rays from the sun or artificial tanning beds is considered to be sun-damaged skin.
Besides making you look older than you really are, early signs of sun damage include:
- Fine lines
- Visible veins
- Uneven pigmentation (age spots, freckles, sun spots)
- Volume loss
As photoaging continues over time, wrinkles deepen, skin texture changes (becomes ‘leathery’), skin sags and lips lose definition.
More seriously, too much UV radiation is known to be the main cause of skin cancer, the most common cancer diagnosed in Canadians and in the world today. Precancerous skin lesions such as actinic keratoses are also the result of long-term repeated exposure to the sun.