Whether you are enjoying yourself outdoors—romping with your kids in the park or enjoying a lazy summer afternoon in the porch—or running around the town doing errands, the sun is unknowingly wreaking havoc on your skin. At that instant or some time afterwards, the only discernible sun damage on the skin is a little reddening or tanning and this fools many into believing that they have managed to get away with this only. But unknown to them, the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun have already triggered more sinister processes deep within the layers of the skin and these will rear their ugly heads as wrinkles in about 10-20 years.

So, what actually happens when you step out into the sun, either for your moment of fun or out of necessity?

The Skin’s Structure

When your skin is exposed to the harmful ultra-violet rays of the sun, the collagen and elastin present in the skin start to disintegrate. It is worth noting here that while collagen is integral to support the cellular structure of your skin, elastin adds to its elasticity and firmness. The sun’s rays also cause disintegration of the DNA and the various enzymes that promote cellular health and produce the essential components in the skin. All these effects of sun’s rays in turn, lead to the formation of wrinkles.

The sun’s rays also lead to the loss of Hyaluronic acid, a potent moisturizing agent, from the skin. While dry skin doesn’t directly cause wrinkles, beauticians agree that it makes the skin appear more wrinkled and thus more aged.

The Best Protection

The culprits in all these processes are the UVA and UVB rays. While the latter causes sunburn, the former has been positively linked to long-term damage to the skin. Although the store shelves are flooded with sunscreens of various brands, most do not offer complete or broad spectrum protection against both the types of rays. So, it not just enough to dab a sunscreen liberally on all the exposed parts of your body; you should use two different types in two layers to give your skin close-to-complete protection.

And while you go about protecting your skin from the ravages of sun, also use a deep wrinkle cream to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. An effective wrinkle repair cream contains Hyaluronic acid, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and A-Lipoic acid that promote the production of collagen and elastin and moisturize and nourish the skin to give it a more youthful look.

As Important as Wearing a Shirt

So, now that you know that you have a formula in your hands to get rid of wrinkles, step out confidently in the sun, but do not forget the sunscreen!