The Dangers of UV Skin Damage (and How to Prevent It)

UV damage can permanently compromise the health of your skin.

Most of us love basking in the sun on a warm, pleasant summer day, but despite all the benefits it brings us, the sun can also be harmful. The sun emits a broad spectrum of radiation, largely in the form of visible light and invisible ultraviolent (UV) radiation.

If you aren’t careful, this UV radiation could seriously jeopardize your skin health—or even threaten your life.

How UV Radiation Damages Skin

UV radiation is electromagnetic radiation emitted not only by the sun, but also tanning beds, welding torches, and other man-made sources of light and heat. These waves of radiation contain high levels of energy, which vary based on the type of UV ray; for example, high-intensity UV rays, called ionizing radiation, are even more powerful, and named for their molecular effect.

With enough energy, UV radiation can “ionize” an atom or molecule by forcefully knocking away an electron. This changes the composition of the atom or molecule.

If UV radiation only altered one atom of your body, you’d never notice a difference, but as the damage begins to accumulate, you’ll see a series of negative consequences increasing in severity.

For example, damage to your cellular DNA can accelerate the aging of your skin, even in small doses and quantities. Over time, they can produce more wrinkles and cause the development of age spots.

With enough exposure, and the right type of rays, you can develop sunburns. This type of radiation damage can also lead to dry skin, loss of elasticity in skin, and more importantly, skin cancer.

Preventing UV Damage

The easiest way to avoid UV damage is to avoid direct exposure; stay indoors during peak sunlight hours and avoid tanning beds altogether. Otherwise, cover up and rely on shade to protect yourself, and apply sunscreen consistently if you’re going to be exposed to any amount of sunlight.

If you’ve already suffered UV damage to your skin, there are some ways you can improve your skin health. For example, you can try our CC Serum, which has the power to reduce age spots and wrinkles, restoring the health and youth of your skin.

How to Get Rid of Age Spots

Age spots may be unsightly, but there are some effective ways to diminish them.

Over time, you’ll likely develop age spots, whether you like it or note. Age spots, sometimes called liver spots or solar lentigo, affect more than 3 million people in the United States. They appear as small, flat tan to black spots on the skin.

They tend to be most common in people over the age of 50, but can appear in younger people—especially if they spend a lot of time in the sun. Unlike freckles, they don’t fade on their own. Fortunately, there are some strategies that can help you get rid of them.

Removing Age Spots

First, you should take measures to prevent getting additional age spots, and to prevent your existing age spots from getting any worse. Try to avoid sun exposure during peak hours, usually between 10 am and 2 pm, and apply sunscreen whenever you’re outside.

Aside from that, there are a few approaches you can try:

  • Prescription medications. Certain medications may reduce the appearance of age spots. For example, bleaching creams and retinoids can get rid of most mild- to moderate-level age spots. Steroids may also be recommended by your dermatologist. Either way, you may experience burning, dryness, or itching as a side effect.
  • CC Serum. Our signature CC Serum, with vita