Sun’s up: How to prevent skin aging with proactive measures






PICTURES | AALIYAH BOWDEN
Digital photography by Post reporter Aaliyah Bowden shows an analysis of the effect of skin damage on the body’s largest organ. The sun’s rays contribute to the aging process, especially when sunscreen is not used to protect the skin.

I am in my early twenties. My skin is in my mid-twenties.

I recently went to Charlotte Plastic Surgery for a skin care review and learned the secrets to healthy looking skin as you age. Rapid Screening detects the amount of sun damage to a person’s face.

I was very interested to see how much damage I had after barely wearing sunscreen this summer. My results showed very little sun damage, but I have lots of brown and red spots. I’m 23, but my test said my skin thinks I’m 26.




Not wearing sunscreen daily can cause wrinkles and accelerate skin aging. You can say, “Black doesn’t crack,” but if you don’t start taking better care of your skin by wearing sunscreen, you’ll start to look older.

“The fact is, colored skin ages,” said Dr. Theodore Nyame, plastic surgeon at Charlotte Plastic Surgery. “In some components the skin is a little thicker and therefore the aging process may be a little slower, but it will age over time. For anyone of color [the] The first and main defense is always protection, which is sunscreen.

Dermatologists recommend wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily.

Charlotte Plastic Surgery (2215 Randolph Road) has a range of products for all skin types. The skin care analysis is free and depending on your results, the price of individual skin care plans may vary.

Aaliyah Bowden, who covers health for The Post, is a member of the Report For America corps.

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