Prevention is better than cure

We usually pity the redhead with freckles that turns into a lobster by even just thinking of spending a few minutes in the sun. By way of contrast, there are the Mediterranean types with dark hair and light, olive looking skin who are the envy of all - tanning with ease and seldom getting burned. However, even for them, sun damage lurks if they do not use sunscreen and protect themselves from harmful UV rays.

Extreme sun exposure can still result in serious damage of this darker skin type, uneven skin tone and premature ageing. Although their risk to develop skin cancer is less than with other skin types, it is still present. They can be prone to an overactive production of melanin which can result in the uneven pigmentation especially if they are on hormonal therapy such as an oral contraceptive or during pregnancy.

Even for these olive-skinned beauties, exposure to the sun is not recommended during the peak hours of 10 am - 4 pm and should further protect themselves by using a high SPF 30 sunscreen every day, wearing protective clothing such as wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses.

In darker skin, the signs of sun damage are usually limited to fine wrinkles, a mottled complexion and sagging of the middle of the face leading to under-eye bags. Once the signs of ageing and sun damage appear on the face, it is time to initiate the most powerful corrective treatments and topical therapies available. Fortunately, new technology, new innovations and medical breakthroughs of the modern age can rectify your sun damaged skin, and the earlier you start the better.

Sharon Izak Elaine
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