WE all know that we should wear SPF when we are out and about to protect us from harmful rays.
Now a shocking image has revealed why you should always apply sun cream to your neck as well as your face.
It shows the neck and face of a 92-year-old woman who had neglected to put SPF on her neck.
She had been left with severe pigmentation and brown spots, while the skin on her face remains relatively smooth.
The image of the unnamed woman was published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.
Medics cited the photo as evidence of why using the creams or lotions regularly is important.
The experts said that the woman had used SPF on her face for over 40 years, but not on her neck.
While ageing of the skin is natural to some extent, the medics at the Technical University in Munich, Germany, said suffering from dysfunctional, ageing tissues and organs is about as natural as suffering from appendicitis or skin cancer.
They explained that advancements need to be made in treatments in order to prevent the illness.
Skin gurus at Dermalogica said everyone should make sure they are applying SPF to areas that are exposed to the sun.
Victoria Evans, education manager at the skin care brand explained: “The neck and chest are prone to premature skin ageing due to its thin and delicate nature.
“Interestingly, the skin on your neck in your younger years has greater elasticity and hydration compared to the face, allowing for the constant movement and mechanical stress it endures from facial muscle and head movements.
“However, as we age this flips with a noticeable reduction in skin elasticity and hydration compared to facial skin.
“This results in sagging, fine lines or crepèy skin and horizontal wrinkles.”
She added that if you neglect your chest area with your daily skin care regime, it is left vulnerable to further damage from UV rays and environmental attack.
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“You may start to notice uneven pigmentation in this area, which is exacerbated by spraying perfume on the neck.
“We recommend including the neck and chest area in all your daily skin care regime steps from cleansing, exfoliating, serums and moisturiser and not forgetting a high level SPF everyday as your key product to reduce premature ageing in this delicate area of skin,” Victoria added.
Skin cancer is one of the main risks of overexposure to the sun.
The illness is collection of abnormal cells that usually develops in areas that are exposed to sunlight.
But, it can also form in areas that aren’t exposed to the sun – although this is less common.
It occurs when damaged skin cells from sunlight or tanning beds mutate.
Or if you have genetic defects that mean skin cells multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours.
If you are worried about your symptoms then you should speak to a GP or a dermatologist.
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