Excessive sun exposure can significantly damage human skin. The sun’s heat dries out areas of unprotected skin and depletes the skin’s supply of natural lubricating oils. In addition, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause burning and long-term changes in the skin’s structure.
Repeated episodes of sunburn and unprotected sun exposure can increase a person’s risk of malignant melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. If you have fair skin and light eyes, you are at greater risk of sun-related skin damage and skin cancers. Due to the skin containing less of a dark pigment called melanin, which helps to protect the skin from the effects of UV radiation.