We all know that the sun damages the skin. Even if your skin does not burn, the skin suffers sun damage. Wrinkles, brown spots, and leathery skin are all signs of sun-damaged skin.
There are 2 forms of sun rays that damage the skin. UVA (long ultraviolet rays) age the skin by damaging the collagen and elastin or building blocks of the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles appear and the skin begins to sag. Sun damaged skin looks older than it really is. This damage starts in childhood unless we protect ourselves at an early age. (Wearing a Broad Spectrum SPF Daily)
UVB (short ultraviolet rays) burns the skin. People with darker skin may not burn from the sun and feel they are immune to sun-damaged skin. This is a misconception. The sun will damage the skin, causing a leathery appearance.
No matter what color your skin, sun damage will occur unless you protect yourself on a daily basis.
There are many treatments to repair sun damaged skin. But one of the best treatments is to minimize damage by using sunscreen with at least an SPF 30 and reapply frequently during the day when we are active in the sun.
There are many topical cosmoceuticals that can improve sun damaged skin. One of the best is a form of Vitamin A. Sun damage can be corrected because Retinols encourage collagen and elastin in the skin to work harder, like it did before sun damage.
Topical anti-oxidants like vitamin C and E work with your sunscreen to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and suppress the sunspots that appears from sun damage.
The new group of topicals containing peptides or proteins to help skin cells strengthen their cellular walls and plump the skin to make it firmer, more youthful.
All topical treatments for sun damage must be used continuously to achieve the full effect of their power. If you stop using them, they stop working on your sun damage.
Laser treatments can also address sun-damaged skin. The laser’s heat and light stimulates the skin’s collagen and elastin. These building blocks of the skin lose their upright structure and collapse with sun damage. Laser heat and light work to repair sun damage, stimulating the skin to return to its former smooth, firm texture.
To schedule your skin consultation with Veritas Medi Spa please call, 412-660-6066.