Don’t take your skin for granted

PUBLISHED: 12:14 06 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:14 06 June 2013

It is here at last – some warming sunshine to lift our spirits. There is no doubt that the summer sun and higher temperatures are much-loved, and a rare treat in Britain, but we are all now aware that even relaxing in the sun brings its own dangers if we are not careful. Sun damage can lead to premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, marks, dry skin and even skin cancer over time, so the threat of the sun’s rays should not be taken lightly.

Our skin is made up of an outer layer, the epidermis, and a layer of soft tissue underneath, called the dermis. The epidermis constantly grows up towards the outer surface of the skin and sheds dead cells. Naturally, our skin performs vital tasks for the body. It acts as a barrier to protect our body from the environment, it regulates temperature, fights off infections and contains the nerves which allow us to feel and touch, so the skin is one of the biggest and most complex organs of the body.

Just as we would try not to expose our heart or lungs to unnecessary risk, we should have the same level of care for our skin. Sadly, the sun’s rays can have a very serious effect on the skin, attacking the epidermis to cause sunburn, allergic reactions and skin cancers and even penetrating the dermis to encourage skin aging. However, simple precautions can make a significant difference to your skin’s vulnerability.

Avoiding being in the sun during the hottest periods of the day, wearing sunscreen or covering up exposed skin and drinking plenty of water to remain hydrated should be a natural part of your regime on a warm day.

Most importantly, don’t take your skin for granted – it might be more sensitive than you think.

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