Fighting the physical battle against aging can seem like an exhausting process with little chance of success. After all, one of the first parts of our bodies to display signs of aging is the skin, the body’s largest organ.
The process medically defined as Photoaging describes skin damage like brown spots, wrinkles and droopy skin brought on by excessive exposure to the sun. While the sun’s rays aren’t quite as intense day-in and day-out in most of the micro-climates of Northern California as it may be in other areas, those of us who live in the East Bay are still exposed to a healthy dose of sun that can prematurely age our skin. The natural signs of aging cannot be avoided, but we all can take steps to battle a premature assault.
Liver spots, also called age spots, slowly develop as a result of the sun’s steady penetration into the surface of the skin. The most effective anti-aging technique to combat this assault is simple protection from the sun.
And no, that doesn’t mean forgoing your favorite outdoor activities. No one among us wishes to give up boating in the bay or hiking in the mountains. But simple protection through the application of sunscreen carrying an SPF or 15 or higher will help to prevent the skin from aging before its time. Even better, using sunscreen in this manner can actually help diminish or lighten some of the spots that may have already formed.
Other techniques to help in the anti-aging process of the skin include avoiding exposure to the sun during the hours between 10am and 4pm. Additionally, wear a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, utilize sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above when engaged in water-related activities, and reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating profusely.