Repeated exposure to the UV rays of the sun over many years can cause extensive damage and photoaging of the skin.  Sun damaged skin is very common in lifeguards, golfers, tennis players, boaters, and outdoor workers.  The components of the skin become damaged which causes their normal characteristics to change.  Signs of sun damaged skin include dark spots and age spots on the face, uneven complexion, leathery skin, fine lines, spider veins on the face, milium, a gradual thickening of the skin, and deep wrinkles, In addition, pre-cancerous red and scaly spots called actinic keratoses or even skin cancer may appear.  Fortunately, there are several treatment options for sun damaged skin including:

Prevention:

Sun protection measures such as sunscreens, sun avoidance, and protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses

Treatment: