It feels good to spend time in the sunshine, but it can take a toll on your skin. As much as we may enjoy basking in its warm rays, the sun is one of our skin’s worst enemies. The sun and our skin do not get along. Sun damage, also known as photodamage, is one of the top concerns of our clients.
We know it can be the biggest enemy to our skin, causing premature aging, sun spots, dark spots, lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, Melasma and skin cancer. In fact, 80-90 percent of skin aging is caused by sun exposure. While this may make you want to lock the doors and avoid the sun at all cost, there are certain steps you can take to minimize its harmful effects, and maintain beautiful, youthful- looking skin.
There are a variety of sun damage treatments available.
If you have major sun damage CO2 Laser Resurfacing, called the anti-aging breakthrough of the 21st Century, may be the desired treatment. This advance treatment treats the sun-damaged skin allowing the skin to repair itself forming new healthy skin containing new collagen and elastic fibers. This is a “gold-standard” treatment taking years off providing dramatic improvement.
Another laser treatment option in getting rid of dark spots on the face, chest, arms, hands or legs is the GentleLase (Glase) Pro Alexandrite resurfacing treatment. To treat the whole face for discoloration, melasma and redness, especially freckles, there is the IPL (Intense Pulse Light) Photofacial Rejuvenation treatment.
If you have mild sun damage chemical peels, microdermabrasion or our customized facial program may be the treatment of choice.
Treatment options will depend on skin type and skin condition. It is very important to manage ethnic-colored skin with more caution. Selection of an incorrect treatment option, can make some pigment issues worse. We specialize in skin of color and melasma.
Finally, a very important strategy is to prevent skin damage in the first place is by using the right sunscreen every day. Regardless of the amazing treatments you get, you should never go in the sun unprotected. Sun spots will return if you do not wear sunscreen of at least a 30 SPF. The best sunscreen is a broad-spectrum, water-resistant physical sunscreen. Ask your specialist which one is right for you.
The best thing you can do for yourself is know where the health of your skin stands right now and work aggressively to preserve it. By doing this you are changing the course of your skin.
Our sunspot and sun-damage treatments can help restore your skin to a youthful and healthy glow for years to come. Call us today to schedule a free consultation with our specialist. We assess your skin and show you any damage that has been done and the degree of wrinkles you have. We then individualize a plan to help repair, protect and rejuvenate your skin. If you intervene in the aging process, you can reverse the clock!