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What is sunburn?


Wednesday 31 August 2016    

What is sunburn?

How many of you have experienced sunburn? I’m guessing that almost all of us have, with an embarrassing blush! Yes, we know it’s wrong to kick ourselves when we are wincing with pain as we try to dress. But maybe if we truly understand what is happening to our skin as we nonchalantly lay in the sun for that extra 10minutes, we wouldn’t be so lax.

What is sunburn?

A sunburn is the skins response to extreme ultraviolet (UV) exposure and indicates severe damage, in as little as 10 minutes of intense UV exposure , the skin sets into motion a system defence against this enemy. The first indication of damage is redness. This is the body’s inflammatory response in situations requiring repair and is a result of dilating blood vessels. The skin will then start to lose moisture and hydration, which will be apparent with a feeling of tightness. Slowly, skin cells will start to thicken and melanin pigment will be produced(tanning) in an attempt to stop the UV rays from penetrating through to the deeper layers and damaging the DNA of the cells. When the skin is exposed to high levels of sunlight this may result in hypo and hyperpigmentation which appears as irregular light or dark patches. The body is excellent at coping with minimal amounts of , but if if exposure is greater than the body’s ability to repair and mop up, more serious consequences may result. If DNA is damaged and its repair mechanisms are inhibited, skin cancer may occur.

Why does the skin peel?

Peeling after sunburn is your bodys way of getting rid of the damaged cells that are at risk of ‘losing control’ and becoming cancerous. Due to this danger, all damaged cells are instructed to self-destruct by repair mechanisms within these cells. The mass destruction of cells results in whole layers of damaged skin peeling off, to be replaced by cells underneath those layers.

I have sunburn, what should I do now?

First of all, you should take care of the cause of problem away, keep out of the sun. Apply lots of soothing, calming and hydrating products. Dermalogica after sun repair has an ingredient called Japanese Alder to accelerate the repair of UV induced DNA damage.

And no, It is not then ok to go into the sun the next day for another blast! Remember, Your skin is still trying to heal and so must be kept out of direct sunlight for a good few days. Keep in mind, the skin is a great record keeper and even with a great after sun product, irreversible damage may have occurred in the form of premature aging or skin cancer that may only reveal itself later.

At Roberta beauty redefined in Knutsford we offer a varity of dermalogica facials, dermalogica bio surface peels and dermalogica ion active power treatments that can help reverse signs of aging.