Preventing and Repairing Sun Damaged Skin Collierville, Tn
There’s something so relaxing about soaking in the sun, feeling the sunshine heat up your skin will almost always put most people in utter relaxation mode. While soothing, the sun’s UV/UVB rays are extraordinarily harmful to your skin if not protected by sunscreen. Without the barrier of sunscreen, UV rays penetrate deep into the skin causing a multitude of skin problems, in particular:
- Sun damage lesions
- Dark spots and discolored skin
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Sunburned skin, sometimes resulting in painful blisters
- Dry patchy skin
- Broken capillaries
- Skin cancers
- Aging of the skin
Luckily these problematic skin problems can be prevented!
How to Prevent Sun Damaged Skin:
- Cover Up! Invest in a wide-brimmed hat and mesh breathable garments, while also providing adequate coverage over the most sun-exposed areas of your body.
- Stay Inside! Stay out of the sun when possible during peak sunshine hours, usually between 10 am-2 pm. Wake up early to garden or swim in the late afternoon, you can still have fun in the sun, just try to skip the hours when the sun is shining its brightest.
- Lotion Up! Add sunscreen to your daily skincare regimen and apply it every day. If you are going to be in and out of water or in direct sunlight apply the sunscreen every 2 hours. Dermatologists recommend using an SPF of 30 or more. SPF stands for sun protection factor, the higher the level the more protection you are receiving from the sun’s harmful rays. An SPF of 30 blocks out 97 percent of UV rays. Also, make sure you are using a Broad Spectrum SPF. Broad Spectrum means you are protected from both UV rays and UVB rays (the rays responsible for burns.)
Sunscreen has changed tremendously over the years. It can be purchased in multiple application styles; spray, gel, lotion, or stick. You can even purchase sunscreen based on your skin type to avoid breakout.
How to Choose the Right Broad Spectrum SPF For Your Skin:
Dry Skin- Choose a sunscreen with hydrating ingredients, namely ceramides and hyaluronic acid, these ingredients will ensure your skin has a dewy appearance and aids in restoring natural pigmentation and erases skin lesions caused by sun damage.
Sensitive Skin- Grab a zinc or titanium dioxide formula sunscreen, this format provides a perfect barrier between you and the sun, without the sunscreen seeping into pores, much like a matte foundation.
If you are showing signs of aging due to skin damage don’t fret! Here is a list of procedures and products to repair sun-damaged skin on the face and neck.
Repairing Sun Damaged Skin:
- Chemical Peels- One of the most effective ways to reverse the signs of sun damage, the acid in the peel removes the outer layer of the skin to reveal a new layer of skin, erasing the lesions and spots caused by sun damage, reducing wrinkles, and improving the overall skin texture of the face and neck.
- Laser Treatments- Similar to chemical peels, but less invasive. This procedure not only improves the outer layer of skin, but it also aids in quicker cell renewal and stimulates collegean production while also erasing the signs of sun damage. IPL treatments also shrink pore sizes and diminish sun damage spots are areas of the skin with repeated treatments.
- Retinol Products- Derived from Vitamin A, retinol products help to stimulate collagen growth, improving skin texture and reducing pore size.
The Med Spa and Wellness Center at Eye Specialty Group in Collierville Tennessee, our Registered Nurse Injector excels at repairing sun-damaged skin and can help you avoid sun damage with a treatment plan. Call (901) 767-1851 today to book a free consultation.
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