Nothing beats a real sun-kissed glow, but the damage we do to our skin while we are basking in the sunlight may not be worth that temporary sizzle. In fact, sun damage can occur whenever your skin is exposed to the sun, even when you’re not sunbathing. With any amount of sunlight, comes ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and with any amount of UV radiation, comes the risk of your skin being damaged. This means that even everyday exposure to sunlight is a risk, even when you’re shopping on Madison or have the top down while cruising.
Sun damage symptoms can appear as freckles, wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer – all on the same person. A sun burn can occur in as little as 15 minutes in the immediate sun, but sun damage is cumulative and may take years, or even decades, to appear in the form of visible symptoms. It is important to understand that sun damage may not be visible on your skin until many years after the initial damage occurred. For this reason, we all need to get to know our own skin so well that we are able to easily identify possible areas of sun damage and bring them to the attention of a trusted dermatologist for analysis.