With the long and cold winter months nearly behind us, a sunny escape may be on your mind. But not so much is sun damage. But who can blame you if you just wanted to soak up that Vitamin D and enjoy the warm rays of the sun. Can you have your cake and eat it? So what can you do to preserve or restore your skin’s healthy glow? Can you prevent and reverse sun damage? Although you can’t reverse the time, you can definitely do something to reverse your sun damage. And of course prevent it happening next time around.
What does the sunlight do to your skin?
While you expose your skin to sun light without protection, the damaged pigment cells will leak pigment into the deeper layers of your skin. Not only it causes discolouration, the sun’s heat will also dry your skin out. Stripping it from its natural oils, that were meant to keep your skin moisturised. On top of that the sun’s UV ( ultraviolet) radiation can burn your skin and cause long term changes in your skin’s structure.
Can you prevent and reverse sun damage?
Yes, in most cases. With a number of treatment options available for all skin types, sun damage can be a distant memory. But also a reminder to always protect your skin and be more aware of the damage that can occur. As each skin type is unique different approaches may be more suitable for your while certain procedure work better for other.
Listed below are the most effective and popular treatments we have apply at Skin Perfection with amazing results for our patients;
- Laser photofacial skin rejuvenation improves skin tone and texture. The treatment has minimal downtime. It’s suitable for a range of conditions including sun damage, wide and localised areas of discolouration. And last but not least ageing skin.
- Laser pigmentation removal is a targeted laser treatment. It’s designed to remove superficial and deeper pigmentation. As well as sun damaged areas on the face, forehead, shoulders and arms.
- Skin peels or resurfacers help to improve skin texture. They’re suitable for a range of conditions. These conditions include pigmentation . In addition they’re available in different strengths with different downtimes according to your skin condition
Apply these easy to follow steps to your daily routine to protect your skin and prevent further sun damage;
- Apply a sunscreen before you go outside. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or above, with a broad spectrum of protection against both UV-A and UV-B rays. They protect your skin by creating a shield that forces the UV rays of the sun to bounce back off the skin completely. Sun protection is without a doubt the most important step for long term cancer and wrinkle protection.
- Limit the time you spend outside, especially during the peak hours. If unavoidable try and wear long clothing and a hat with a wide brim
- Wear sunglasses with UV light protection.
- Be aware that some medicines and skin care products can increase your skin’s risk of UV damage. These include certain antibiotics, prescription medicines. And also certain nonprescription skin care products containing alpha-hydroxy acids that can make your skin more vulnerable to damage from sunlight.
To learn more about sun damage and how to prevent it happening to you, why not visit us at our Oxford Street clinic, in Central London? My Expert team will start with a thorough assessment of your skin.
How to book an appointment?
As the first step of your skin journey at Skin Perfection, you will be invited to attend a no obligations consultation. This will give you the opportunity to get a good understanding of your skin.
Following your assessment a personalised treatment plan will be recommended to address your skin concerns. During your first meeting you’ll receive all the information and knowledge you’ll need to keep your skin healthy.
Contact our team today to book an appointment.