Who doesn’t love achieving that perfect healthy summer glow? Unfortunately, the quest for the perfect tan leaves many of us outdoors without much protection on our skin. While you may love the way your skin looks after a long day in the sun, it is important to think long-term about the effects the sun is having on your skin.

Premature Aging

While you are out in the sun looking to achieve a youthful glow, the sun is actually giving you the opposite effects. The sun plays a major role in premature aging. UV rays (UVA and UVB) have been proven to have a direct effect on the skin, as these rays break down collagen and impair the production of new collagen. After years of your youth basking in the sun with no sunscreen, don’t be surprised when your skin begins to lose its elasticity and wrinkles form.

Sun Spots

Sun spots, also known as ‘liver spots’, are unsightly dark spots that appear on the chest, shoulders, upper back, arms and hands. These flat, brown spots will continue to darken and pop up more frequently with increased exposure to UV rays. Sunspots form when your pigment making cells, melanocytes, produce excess pigmentation in one spot when exposed to UV rays.

Skin Cancer

The sun can have even worse effects on the skin than premature aging and sun spots; skin cancer is directly correlated to the exposure of UV rays. In fact, the number one cause of skin cancer is overexposure to UV rays outdoors or through the use of tanning beds. UV radiation damages the skin’s DNA, and over time may cause the skin cells to begin growing out of control – which leads to cancer development.


It may sound elementary, but protecting your skin from the sun is the best way to prevent damage such as premature aging, sun spots, and even skin cancer. It is recommended that UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen be worn (and reapplied often) whenever outside – even in the winter. If you notice your skin getting pink or red, head over to the shade for the rest of the day. It is never too late to begin practicing healthy habits!

BBL Forever Young

To reverse the effects of sun damage such as premature aging and sun spots, consider BBL Forever Young by Ahava Medispa in Livingston. This non-ablative treatment utilizes broadband light (BBL) to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the signs of aging. This treatment is highly recommended among patients with sun-damaged skin. Contact us to schedule a consultation today!

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