Sun Damage

Here is living proof of the damage the sun can do to you. The images are of the sun damage on me before and after a weeks holiday taken in Egypt.   The daily temperature was around 25°C. I used the high quality Heliocare SPF 50 gel, a broad spectrum sun screen providing protection from UVA and UVB rays with an antioxidant, and I spent all day, every day out in the sun. I dread to think what would have happened to me if I had used inferior quality sun screen. I am a red head and previously could not bare more than an hour or so in direct sun before heading for the shade with brand of SPF I was using.

So, here it is, as seen by our Clarity System 1000 Digital Skin Analyser.  The first image is before the holiday, taken at the end of November 2011, the second image, a day after my return to the UK January 2012.

Wrinkles

Wrinkles

My wrinkle count went as follows –

Emerging lines up from 106 to 245, Fine lines up from 68 to 182

Deep lines up from 11 to 34, Total lines up from 185 to 461

Overall skin smoothness down from 66% to 43%

 

 

 

Redness

Redness

Redness –

Diffuse Redness (sensetive/reactive skin) up from 44% to 59%

Localised redness (vascular damage) up from 65% to 81%

 

 

 

 

Pores

Pores

Enlarged pore count increased from 3484 to 3645

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pigment

Pigment

Pigment spot count rose from 739 to 1283.

The area covered on my face increased from 49% to 100%

 

 

 

 

 

Complexion

Complexion

My overall complexion or radiance decreased by 5%.

That’s the overall decrease in the general condition of my skin.

 

 

 

 

 

Aged

Aged

Here is a “featured” view of the difference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, if you have been brave enough to click on the images to enlarge them (not a pretty example I know) and seen the damage done, and are wondering what you can do to prevent it…  it’s really simple, do not sit in the sun every day for a week, even when wearing SPF 50 sun screen!  The tan was still emerging and getting darker two days after I returned home.

Of course we all need vitamin D, which we get from sun light, and we should get it through our normal daily lives but I do not advise the “intense” fashion that I chose.