Allure Exposes the Effects of Sun Damage
Allure Laser Center & Medispa is a leading surgical and non-surgical laser center in the greater Seattle area. Our mission is to provide our clients with treatments that are safe, effective, and customized to their individual needs. We believe everyone should be able to look and feel their best without compromising on safety or results.
Today we want to talk about the effects of sun damage – one of the most common causes of skin cancer, premature aging, skin pigmentation issues, wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. While sunscreen can help protect us from harmful UV rays there are still many people who don’t use it regularly or at all – leaving them vulnerable to long-term damage from the sun’s rays. Even on the cloudy days in Seattle, sun damage can occur.
So, let’s take a closer look at how sun exposure can affect your skin over time and what you can do about it!
What Does the Sun Do to Our Skin?
Sun damage has a wide range of negative effects on skin health. It can cause cancerous growths on the eyelids and skin, premature aging, wrinkling, and spots on the face. Sun damage can also lead to more serious conditions like sunburns, skin cancer, and other types of skin damage. UVA and UVB rays are the two main types of ultraviolet radiation that contribute to sun damage.
UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis layer of the skin and cause long-term structural changes including keratosis lesions (pre-cancerous), wrinkles, discoloration, age spots, and loss of elasticity. UVB rays cause short-term damage in the form of sunburns that can be painful and damaging to the outer layer of your skin.
Long-term exposure to the sun’s harmful rays can have lasting consequences on your skin health. Prolonged exposure over time can increase your risk for developing skin cancer due to genetic mutations caused by UV radiation. In addition to increasing your risk for cancerous cells in the body, prolonged sun exposure may also lead to decreased collagen production in the skin which leads to wrinkles and sagging skin over time.
Sun damage also increases your risk for dark spots or hyperpigmentation by triggering an increase in melanin production resulting in uneven skin tone. All these signs of aging are common with prolonged exposure to UV radiation which is why it is important to protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays before they do lasting damage!
Tips for Preventing Sun Damage
1. Wear, at minimum, Sunblock : Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen/sunblock with SPF 30 or higher every day to all exposed areas of skin, even if it’s cloudy. Be sure to reapply throughout the day.
For optimal results wear Sunblock. Can you put this into a hyperlink like you did sunscreen. With the following description in the hyperlink: Sunblock is so named because it literally blocks UV rays by forming a physical shield, while a sunscreen contains chemicals that absorb UV rays before your skin can. Most sunblocks contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as the active ingredient. This is why the formula seems thicker, and you can’t see through it.
Be sure to pick up a sunscreen or sunblock that is safe to use around your eyes and eyelids. Do not forget to protect your ears. Apply your sunscreen or sunblock to your face prior to the application of any other facial products for best protection.
Allure Laser Center has many of these skincare items available to assist you in which product will be best for you.
2. Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure: Try to limit your time in direct sunlight, especially between 10am and 4pm when the sun is at its strongest.
3. Cover Up: When outdoors for extended periods of time, wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible including wide brimmed hats and UV protective sunglasses. A visor at minimum will provide additional protection to the face, eyelids and ears.
4. Seek Shade: Look for shade when you are outside – use an umbrella or find natural sources like trees and buildings.
5. Use Protective Products: Look for facial moisturizers, lip balms and facial poweders or foundations that contain SPF protection so you can get extra coverage while out in the sun!
Treatments from Allure that Help Fight the Sun Damage
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a type of treatment that uses light and a special photosensitizing drug to target damaged skin cells. It is used to treat sun damage, pre-cancerous lesions, and other conditions such as acne. PDT works by targeting the abnormal cells in the skin with light energy which activates the drug to destroy them. This can help reduce wrinkles, age spots, discoloration, and other signs of aging caused by sun exposure.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment (Photo-Facial Rejuvenation)
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment (Photo-Facial Rejuvenation) is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment. It uses high-intensity pulses of visible light to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, wrinkles and fine lines, age spots, sun damage, and other signs of aging caused by prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays.
IPL works by targeting the damaged cells in the epidermis with light energy, which stimulates the body’s natural healing process and promotes collagen production resulting in smoother, brighter skin. This type of treatment is highly customizable and can be tailored according to individual needs and preferences.
Allure Will Help You Navigate Preventing and Healing the Effects of Sun Damage
Allure Laser Center & Medispa is committed to helping clients achieve their desired results safely and effectively. Allure offers a wide variety of treatments such as Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment (Photo-Facial Rejuvenation) to reduce the signs of sun damage. Our treatments are highly customizable and tailored according to individual needs and preferences.
Contact our office today for a private skincare analysis and consultation!