Sun damage, also known as photoaging, can affect skin in many different ways. Sunlight damages healthy skin cells and causes premature aging. This is due to ultraviolet radiation that leads to DNA changes in the skin. This can result in wrinkling, changes in pigmentation (freckles, age spots), spider veins, redness, blotchiness, and uneven textured skin.
Who is at risk of sun damage?
Everyone is at risk of sun damage. Generally lighter skin is more susceptible to sun damage, and can result in skin cancer. Darker skin can also be damaged by the sun, but may result in different skin conditions such as melasma. Sun damage to skin also depends on how much unprotected sun exposure an individual has had over time.