Prolonged Sun Exposure and Danger of Cellulite

Prolonged Sun Exposure and Danger of Cellulite
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With the rise of tanning beds and skin cancer, many people are rightfully worried about the damages caused by the sun. When it comes to cellulite, sun exposure can actually heighten the appearance of cellulite. It can damage the skin and make it prone to wrinkles. Overall, avoiding harmful UV rays can help individuals to limit the appearance of cellulite and fine lines.

How Do Sun Rays Harm Our Skin?

Prolonged Sun Exposure and Danger of Cellulite

When someone goes outside on a sunny day, the UV rays that leave the sun penetrate the skin. They damage the cells within the skin. Once the cells are damaged, they can become precursors to skin cancer. Most people will not even notice that the UV rays are harming their skin because they cannot feel them. This occurs can occur on sunny days or in cloudy weather.

Basically, sunburns are a sign that the top layer of the skin is damaged. The skin releases chemicals that are designed to make the blood vessels swell. These cells then leak fluid and can cause the skin to turn red. In severe cases, the skin may develop blisters or swelling. After the skin is damaged, it will begin peeling to get rid of the harmed cells. Although the skin may heal and look healthy, the damage has already been done. Experts believe that just one blistering sunburn before someone is 20 years old can double their chances of developing a malignant melanoma.

Prolonged Sun Exposure and the Danger of Cellulite

Sun exposure can do more than just cause skin cancer. It can actually heighten the signs and symptoms of cellulite. When skin is damaged by the sun, it starts to loose elasticity. Collagen in the skin is harmed and the skin will become looser. It will also start to develop the wrinkles and fine lines that are a sign of aging. Overall, these factors lead to more obvious cellulite.

For cellulite to form, it needs two conditions to be met. Cellulite is caused by the connective fibers between the skin and muscles growing weaker. Once the fibers are weakened, the cellulite can push through and cause an uneven texture on the skin. For someone to have serious cellulite problems, they must have some fat and weakened tissue in the skin. When UV rays harm the skin, they are making it loose enough for cellulite to form. Due to this, sun exposure can cause cellulite as well as skin cancer and wrinkles.

How Can Cellulite be Cured If it was Caused by Prolonged Sun Exposure?

There are no guaranteed* cures for cellulite, but some skin creams may alleviate* it. Caffeine-based creams or retinol creams can help to break up fat cells. Over time, they allow the fat cells and toxins to be carried away by the blood stream. Certain topical creams can also increase* the amount of collagen in the skin. By doing this, they enable the skin to become more elastic. As a result, the signs of cellulite are minimized*. The only negative to using creams is that they must be applied regularly to maintain the results. Considering the alternative, this negative is worthwhile for most users.

The next way to cure* the skin is to avoid sun exposure. Within the body, there are many processes and methods for the skin to heal on its own. It will not heal completely, but it can improve* over time. Individuals should make sure to apply sunblock on a daily basis. Some moisturizers include sunscreen and can be used in the morning. In addition, the skin needs to be kept out of sunlight and kept well hydrated.

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Expert Author : Kathy Mitchell (Consumer Health Digest)

Kathy Mitchell is a journalist and web content specialist covering a range of health topics, from breaking health news and fitness to health issues and regulation of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and nutrition.