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Although sunlight is essential for life and keeping your body healthy, excessive exposure does more harm than good. You may already know your skin uses sunlight for producing vitamin D, a nutrient that helps in bone formation.

If something is good for you, how can large amounts of it be bad? Here is everything you need to know about excessive sunlight exposure or sunburn and its effects on your skin:

Excessive Sunlight Exposure or Sunburn – How Does It Damage Your Skin?

Sunlight has three types of ultraviolet (UV) rays – UVA, UVB, and UVC. Although UVC is extremely dangerous for your skin, you don’t have to worry about it as the earth’s ozone layer blocks them.

UVA and UVB are the ones responsible for damaging your skin. Although there are still debates about UVA being worse than UVB, you should know that any extended exposure to them or getting sunburned is bad. It isn’t about the type of UV rays, rather, how much your skin absorbs while you are outside.

Keep in mind you can suffer from sunburn even when it is cloudy or snowy. Sunlight reflects off snow, sand, concrete, and water.

Skin starts to peel

Melanin, a pigment responsible for protecting your skin and producing vitamin D, starts to allow UV rays to reach your skin during excessive sunlight exposure. It weakens the strength of your skin cells, due to which your skin starts to peel.

Increases irritation in damaged areas

Sunburned areas often are red, itchy, and dehydrated. Excessive exposure to sunlight also leads to the formation of blisters.

Increase chances of skin cancer

Over time, it causes your skin to change. Sometimes, cells with melanin form clumps, resulting in the formation of moles and freckles. There is always a chance they can turn cancerous. If left untreated, it spreads to other parts of your body, making it harder to treat.

Speeds up the ageing of the skin

The speed at which your skin ages increases significantly due to excessive exposure to sunlight. You will notice dark spots, wrinkles, and fine lines on your skin. As your white blood cells focus on regenerating the damaged areas of your skin, it leaves other parts of your body vulnerable.

How to Protect Yourself from Excessive Exposure to Sunlight?

There are plenty of ways you can prevent sunlight from damaging your skin. Before you step into our White Rock spa, make sure you apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or above as they block the majority of the sun’s rays.

How much sunlight is too much for your skin? The amount of time you can spend under direct sunlight depends on your skin type. When going outside, do plan how much time you’ll spend in the sun. For example, if your skin type is I, you can only spend ten minutes exposed to sunlight without sunscreen before you suffer from sunburn.


Our South Surrey spa can give you more information regarding excessive exposure to sunlight. Contact GLOW Bright to learn more about how you can protect yourself with a HydraFacial in Surrey. Find out more about why people are choosing HydraFacial Morgan creek!​