How can overexposure to the sun affect me?

Sunlight is raditation. Fortunately our skin provides excellent protection, but it has limits.

Overexposure to the sun, like any radiation leads to damage of your tissues. Skin cells can die, causing what we call a sunburn. Repeated sunburns and excess sun lead to damaged cells that can form cancers such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinioma. The sun also slowly destroys the collagen in your skin. This leads to thin skin that tears and bruises easily. It also causes wrinkles, dilated blood vessels and areas of spotty pigmentation. 

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Blueberries, dark chocolate and sunscreen are three things you need to keep skin beautiful, supple and smooth. Antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, dark chocolate, cantaloupe, citrus fruits and leafy greens provide the vitamins ...

you need for skins elasticity. Avoiding smoking prevents premature aging. But the number-one way to keep skin gorgeous is to stay out of the sun and away from tanning beds. The suns radiation causes skin damage, including wrinkles, age spots and skin cancer. Use a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays in an SPF of 15 or higher, and reapply often.

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.