We’re all born with baby skin that is soft and supple. After birth, depending on our biology and environmental factors we’re exposed to, our skin will age at different rates. The better we take care of our skin early on, the healthier our skin will remain as we age.
Sun damage causes the skin to age.
The sun causes some 90% of skin aging per the Skin Cancer Foundation. The good news is, with the right measures, aging caused by the sun can be prevented and treated.
How can I prevent sun damage?
Be cautious of the sun between 10 am and 3 pm. The sun’s rays are considered the strongest during this timeframe of the day.
Wear sunscreen with at least an SPF 30. In addition to an SPF of 30, The American Academy of Dermatology suggests also finding a sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” on it. You also want a sunscreen that is water-resistant. Reapply every 2 hours throughout the day and right after you swim or sweat.
Wear protective clothing. Hats, long sleeves, and pants are all supportive of protecting your skin from the sun. They also sell sun protective clothing for those who spend long hours in the sun.
Forgo the tanning bed. Some states have banned tanning beds for anyone under the age of 18 due to the harm they’re considered to cause. The ultraviolet rays emitted by tanning beds can damage your skin the same way the sun’s rays can when you don’t protect your skin.
How can I treat sun damage?
If you have already gotten burnt or spent too much time in the sun and it shows on your skin, then you can take action to minimize the amount of damage caused.
Purchase high-quality skin care products. Choose to wear a moisturizer with SPF in it to start, and then choose a regimen that is both preventative and reactive to help you minimize the appearance of aging. At DermaTouch RN, we offer top-of-the-line products from reputable companies like SkinMedica and Obagi to ensure our patients get the results they desire.
Consider aesthetic services and laser treatments. Non-invasive cosmetic treatments, like chemical peels, Broad Band Light laser therapy, the Halo treatment, and Skin Pen II treatments can all do wonders to repair photo-aging and sun damage of the skin.
For detailed information about these treatments, refer to the following treatment pages:
- Chemical Peels
- Skin Pen II
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