1. Wrinkles and Fine Lines: UV radiation breaks down collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, which are essential for maintaining its structure and elasticity. The loss of these proteins leads to the formation of wrinkles and fine lines. Particularly on sun-exposed areas like the face, neck, and hands.
  2. Hyperpigmentation and Age Spots: Ultra Violet exposure stimulates melanin production. Melanin is the pigment responsible for skin color. Over time, this can result in uneven pigmentation. Leading to dark spots, also known as age spots, liver spots, or solar lentigines. These spots are commonly seen on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms.
  3. Dry and Rough Skin Texture: Photoaging disrupts the skin’s moisture barrier and reduces its ability to retain water. This results in a rough, dry texture and can make the skin appear more weathered and less supple.
  4. Loss of Skin Tone and Elasticity: The degradation of collagen and elastin fibers causes wrinkles and leads to sagging skin and a loss of firmness and elasticity. This is particularly noticeable around the jawline and under the eyes.
  5. Telangiectasias (Spider Veins): UV damage can cause the small blood vessels (capillaries) near the skin’s surface to dilate and become visible. Resulting in red or purple spider veins. These veins are often seen on the face, particularly around the nose and cheeks.
  6. Actinic Keratosis: Actinic keratoses are rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by long-term sun exposure. They are considered precancerous and can potentially develop into squamous cell carcinoma if left untreated.
  7. Solar Elastosis: This refers to the skin’s thickened, yellowish, and leathery appearance. It is due to the accumulation of abnormal elastic tissue fibers resulting from prolonged UV exposure, often seen in chronic sun exposure areas.
  8. Freckles: They are small, flat, brownish spots that can become more prominent with sun exposure. They are more common in individuals with lighter skin and are caused by increased melanin production.
  • Increasing intermittent sun exposure in childhood and during one lifetime is associated with an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
  • Even one blistering sunburn during childhood or adolescence can nearly double a person’s melanoma risk.
  • Experiencing five or more blistering sunburns between ages 15 and 20 increases one’s melanoma risk by 80% and nonmelanoma skin cancer risk by 68%.
  • Research has found that daily sunscreen use cut the incidence of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, in half.
  • People older than 65 may experience melanoma more frequently because of UV exposure they have received over the course of their lives.
  • Higher melanoma rates among men may be partly due to lower rates of sun protection.
  • Targeted marketing to men
  • Education on the health risks of UV exposure
  • Development of sunscreen products that address common concerns, such as non-greasy formulas
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  • Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outside.
  • Use about one ounce (a shot glass full) to cover the entire body.
  • Choose water-resistant formulas for activities involving water or sweating.
  • Lightweight, long-sleeve shirts and pants made from breathable fabrics like cotton or specially designed UPF clothing.
  • Wide-brimmed hats that cover the face, ears, and neck.
  • UV-blocking sunglasses to protect the eyes and the sensitive skin around them.
  • Use umbrellas or portable canopies at the beach or park.
  • Sit under trees or use the shadow of buildings.
  • Plan outdoor activities for early morning or late afternoon.
  • Wear a higher SPF sunscreen and reapply more frequently.
  • Use additional protective gear such as rash guards when swimming.
  • Be extra vigilant about covering exposed skin.
  • Apply lip balm generously and reapply every two hours.
  • Choose products that are water-resistant if swimming or sweating.
  • Check the UV index daily through weather apps, websites, or local news.
  • Take extra precautions on days with high UV levels like wearing additional protective clothing and limiting time outside.
  • Read the label or consult with a healthcare provider about potential sun sensitivity.
  • Take additional sun protection measures if using photosensitizing medications.
  • Drink water regularly throughout the day, especially when spending time outdoors.
  • Eat hydrating foods like fruits and vegetables.
  • Perform a self-exam once a month in a well-lit room using a mirror.
  • Pay attention to all areas, including the back, scalp, and soles of the feet.
  • See a dermatologist annually for a professional skin check.
Sunscreen for men. FOR MEN Salon and Spa uses and recommends Menscience TiO Spf 30 Sunblock.