The sun has many effects both immediate and long term. Sun damage to many is only the long term effects we see as we age but really the negative effects can be seen both immediately after exposure as well as years later.
Short- term effects of the sun:
– Sunburns are the #1 immediate effect from sun. Occuring most often between the hours of 10am and 4 pm when the sun is the strongest. Although you are more likely to burn on hot days you can also burn on overcast days and in snowy conditions. We know that even just ONE severe sunburn increases your risk of developing skin cancer later in life.
– Tans and Tanning is often misunderstood as a sign of healthy or “protected” skin. Many will do indoor tanning prior to a vacation so that they do not burn on vacation. Tans and tanning is actually the result of injury to the skin. Although a tan is a short term effect it can do long term damage resulting in premature aging/wrinkles and skin cancer.
Long-term effects of sun:
– Aging occurs naturally but in people who spend many hours outdoors and sun bathe without sun protection they can develop tough, leathery skin making them appear to be much older than they are.
– Wrinkles are directly related to sun exposure and can be avoided by staying out of the sun and using sun protection all of your life.
– Skin cancer is found 90% of the time on sun exposed skin. Many people do not realize that the sun exposure they had as teeangers, young adults and mature adults all add up and can result in skin cancer.