It’s long been known that ultraviolet light can cause premature aging of the skin, but those changes can take several years of exposure before they become visible. Thomas Leveritt found a way to help people visualize these invisible changes to their skin– special ultraviolet cameras that make otherwise invisible sun damage stand out with almost startling clarity. Subject after subject stands in front of the camera, most with seemingly healthy, youthful-looking skin, only to be shown the truth. “Everyone’s born with good skin,” Leveritt’s video reminds the viewer.
Ultraviolet skin imaging is able to pick up on freckles, age spots, and other changes in skin’s pigment distribution before they become visually apparent to the human eye. These changes are indicators of sun damage– the same kind that leads to wrinkles, a loss of elasticity, and even skin cancer. Because it takes so long for chronic sun damage to become visible to the naked eye, many people forego sunscreen and mistakenly attribute the symptoms of sun damage to the aging process. As Leveritt’s camera shows, just because you can’t see sun damage yet doesn’t mean it isn’t there. That doesn’t mean there isn’t hope, however. “Sunscreen also blocks UV,” the video continues before showing the same subjects again, faces daubed in sunscreen. On ultraviolet cameras, the cream appears completely opaque on their skin.
Sun damaged skin doesn’t have to be an inevitability for anyone. Despite the number of wrinkle reducing or spot-lightening skin treatments out there, prevention in the form of a high SPF sunscreen is still the best bet when it comes to avoiding damaged skin. Unfortunately, many people consider using sunscreen to be time-consuming, easy to forget, and uncomfortable when layered with moisturizer or cosmetics. For adequate, consistent sun protection, multi-tasking products like Atopalm BB Cream incorporate sunscreen into a moisturizer.