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Sun-Damaged Skin? You Can Turn Back Time

Most of us know that hours spent under the sun, or using tanning beds, accelerates the photo-aging process and can lead to sunburn and skin cancers. Unfortunately for some of us, the damage was done long before we began following these warnings, and our skin shows it. The good news: you can reverse this damage!

Photo-rejuvenation or “photo facials” are the best solution currently available to dramatically rewind sun-induced damage. Using a precise amount of light energy on targeted areas of the skin, the production of fresh collagen is stimulated. With two to three sessions, brown spots and red blotches disappear.

The first step is to assess the damage. Typically a SIA-scope digital camera safely views under the skin, records the damage and prescribes a treatment. The most common sign of damage is dehydration, which causes fine lines to become deeper and more apparent. Other indicators are uneven pigmentation, brown spots and redness due to broken capillaries. These can show up as early as age 20. Fair-skinned individuals have more pronounced damage, especially around the eyes, neck and chest area where skin is thinner.

Facial peels can help address some of this damage. Peels remove the upper layers of the skin to unveil the younger-looking skin below. Wrinkles are smoothed out and skin tone becomes more even. There are two different peels. Avoid over-the-counter or “spa” peels. Instead, choose a medical peel administered by a paramedical skin health professional or dermatologist. These custom peels penetrate deeper to provide visible improvement.
Regardless of the treatment used, in order to maintain the result you need to consistently apply sunscreen whenever exposed to the sun!

Choosing Sunscreen Protection:

  • Check the ingredient list. Chemical sunblocks absorb UVA and UVB rays, and still leave skin at risk whereas physical sunblocks reflect UVA and UVB rays, completely protecting skin.
  • Look for products containing zinc or titanium dioxide – natural minerals that act like tiny crushed mirrors to block light away from skin.
  • Choose a minimum concentration of 5%. Higher percentages are available at skin health professionals.

by Raffi Nersesian – Paramedical Skin Health,