Sunscreen: Shocking images show effects of UV rays on 92-year-old woman who only protected her face

A 92-year-old woman has been left with a sun-wrinkled neck covered in wrinkles and age spots because she didn't use UV protection under her face for more than 40 years.

Why you can’t forget to put sunscreen on your neck! Shocking image shows 92-year-old woman’s UV-wrinkled, uneven skin who only burned her face

  • The woman was left with a sun-wrinkled neck covered in wrinkles and age spots
  • I only used UV protecting moisturizers on my face and not my neck
  • Experts warned that not enough is being done to encourage the use of sunscreen

A shocking photo exposes the consequences of only using sunscreen on your face and not your neck.

A 92-year-old woman was left with a sun-wrinkled neck covered in wrinkles and liver spots after choosing not to use UV-protective moisturizer under her face for more than 40 years.

But the pensioner, who has not been named, was left with blemish-free skin on her face, where she had used SPF products.

Experts from the Technical University of Munich, Germany, said the images show the “striking difference in sun damage” between parts of the body that were protected from the sun.

They warned that not enough is being done to encourage the use of sun cream, which is vital to reducing skin cancers.

The NHS encourages everyone to use at least factor 30 protection.

Studies suggest that regular users of sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher can reduce the risk of melanoma, a skin cancer that kills 2,300 people in the UK and 7,650 in the US each year.

A 92-year-old woman has been left with a sun-wrinkled neck covered in wrinkles and age spots because she didn’t use UV protection under her face for more than 40 years.

HOW TO BE SAFE IN THE SUN

Sunburn increases a person’s risk of skin cancer.

It can happen overseas or in the UK.

To protect themselves from the sun, experts recommend that people:

  • Seek shade between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., which is when the sun’s rays are usually strongest
  • Use at least SPF 30 sunscreen
  • Apply sunscreen 30 minutes and again just before UV exposure
  • Opt for a water-resistant sunscreen if needed and reapply after swimming, sweating or using a towel
  • Cover up with protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
  • Be very careful around babies and small children. Babies under six months should be kept out of direct sunlight
  • Do not use deck chairs or sun lamps
  • Check the moles and skin for any changes

Source: NHS options

The image of the woman was first reported in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

Writing in the magazine, dermatologist Dr. Chritsian Posch said the image shows how “important and actionable it is to prevent the negative effects of UV radiation.”

He said: “Clinical examination reveals a striking difference in sun damage between the cheek and the neck.”

Looking older due to the passage of time is natural, but doing so due to sun exposure is known as photoaging.

About 90 percent of all visible skin changes are caused by photoaging, says the Skin Cancer Foundation.

UV rays can penetrate the first two layers of the skin (the epidermis and the dermis) and damage the cells’ DNA.

Damage to the top layer of the epidermis causes the body to produce melanin, as part of its attempt to prevent the sun from continuing its assault.

This usually results in body tanning, as the substance produces a darker pigment in the skin.

Exposure to UVA waves, which have a longer wavelength and penetrate deeper than the other form of UV, UVB, causes damage to the middle layer of the dermis over time.

The layer contains collagen, elastin and other fibers that support the skin’s structure.

Deeper penetration damages these proteins, causing the skin to become looser and wrinkled.

This is why UVA radiation is considered the main cause of photoaging. UVB is the type of ray most associated with sunburn.

Meanwhile, infrared light, which is felt as heat, and high-energy visible (HEV) light from the sun are also linked to dermis damage.

The combined effects can cause the skin to become looser, more wrinkled, and with liver spots.

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