Photo ageing is the cumulative damage done to the skin that is excessively exposed to the sun. It does not have anything to do with the actual age of the person and can start even at a young age. During the early stages, the skin just feels tight and stretched. It may react hyper sensitively and become red when exposed to sun. Applying moisturizers or sunscreens helps only temporarily. However over a period of time, the skin turns coarse and has leather like feel when touched. It starts darkening and looks older than its actual age. Freckles, age spots, spider veins and a leathery skin texture are all symptoms of photo ageing. With repeated sun exposure, the skin loses its ability to repair itself and worsens. The other causes of environmental ageing are pollution, stress and smoking. Studies have shown that cigarette smoke significantly increases skin wrinkles and dryness, by depleting the skin of vitamin C which otherwise keeps the skin healthy and moist. To prevent photo ageing, apart from a suitable treatment, it is important to avoid unprotected sun exposure. Sunscreens may not be sufficient as they lose their effect after a few hours. The most reliable way to protect your skin is by physically covering as much of the exposed areas as possible. There was such a hue and cry when the helmet rule was enforced. It has however not only helped reduce head injuries but has also been effective in protecting the facial skin from the harmful effects of direct sunlight. Wearing a scarf across your cheeks and nose under the helmet is a good way of protecting your face.
Dr. Pranjal Shamsher is the first Skin Doctor in Bangalore to offer natural, non-surgical and non-invasive treatments for skin disorders. With over 25 years of experience in the field Dermatology, Dr. Pranjal Shamsher has devised a unique Multi-Therapy approach involving the use of several therapies at the same, to treat the most stubborn, obstinate and long-standing skin disorders with a skin-friendly and 100% side-effect free results. Her integrated and Multi-Therapy approach has helped many chronic disease sufferers to recover safely without any side-effects.