Sun damaged skin can have a leathery texture, show marks of uneven pigmentation and redness, as well as excessive dryness and wrinkles. Ninety percent of sun damaged skin is caused by the sun. However, by following some simple guidelines and implementing effective skin treatments, you can repair sun damaged skin.
Some signs of damaged skin include:
- Dark Spots
- Sun Spots
TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR SKIN HEALTHY
Wear sunscreen year round. Many people don’t realize that even when driving in the car you can be exposed to UV rays. Make applying sunscreen a part of your morning ritual before heading outside. For women, sunscreen should be the last cream applied before their makeup. A 15 to 30 SPF is recommended. If you do plan on being outside for longer duration, a 30 SPF or higher is best and always reapply every 1 to 2 hours. Since damage accumulates over time, it’s never too late to start a sun protection regimen now.
Exfoliate. Get rid of that dead skin build up. The sun along with age can slow down our cell turn over and cause the skin to look dull, uneven and dry. At home you can use scrubs or cleansers containing alpha hydroxyl acids to remove the dead skin. There are also professional exfoliating treatments for damaged skin; microdermabrasions and chemical peels will remove that dead skin layer, rehydrate and improve the penetration of your homecare products. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels can be done in a series of six for best results.
Check for cancer and pre cancers. A visit to the dermatologist is a must. Have them do a full body check. Your dermatologist can check for cancerous lesions and any actinic keratosis (precancers) and treat them accordingly.
Get rid of the brown spots. Those dark spots and unwanted pigment can be treated successfully. IPL is a great damaged skin treatment. Removing pigmentation can really enhance the appearance and texture of the skin. Also, removing pigment with IPL and chemical peels reduces the signs of damage and can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer later.
Use the right homecare products. There are so many skincare products on the market today. It’s hard to know which products really do work and which are just marketing hype. I highly suggest seeking out a professional esthetician to help you with products. You’ve invested in skin treatments like microdermabrasions, chemical peels and IPL now complete the circle and invested in the most important aspect of successfully treating your damaged skin—skincare. Remember the right skincare will help preserve the gains you’ve already made with professional treatments and will make a world of difference in your skin—because skincare is used everyday!
An esthetician can analyze your skin. It’s important to wash the skin and remove any makeup to do a thorough analysis. Now, ask yourself how many times the girl at the Nordstrom counter, Sephora counter, or at your local drug store has cleansed your face before recommending product? As an esthetician I like to touch the skin and look at a clean face under magnification. By doing this and asking the right questions, I can determine your correct skin type: dry, oily, combination. During the magnification analysis I can also see if you have blackheads, whiteheads, cysts, uneven texture, pigment, broken vessels etc. Then by taking into account your skin type, what your skin looks like under my magnifier and talking about what your goals are for your skin, we can effectively recommend the correct skincare products for you.
How We Repair Sun Damaged Skin
Personalizing treatments is the only effective response for how to repair sun damage. It is imperative to consider a persons skin type, color, and any contraindications they may present. We also take into account what type of work they do and how much downtime is reasonable. Then, we create a sun damaged skin treatment plan to meet a person’s goals.
Here is a list of treatments I believe deliver the best results:
- Chemical Peels
- Laser Rejuvenation
- Intense Pulsed Light Therapy