Sun damage is the damage caused by the sun in which the skin changes. Often when no protection has been used and the skin has been exposed to high levels of sun the skin will start to damage the DNA and age. Ageing is a natural part of life however sun damage can make the skin look dull and older than it is.
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What is sun damage?
Sun damage can start to appear at anytime. Often the first signs are darker patches on the skin that often start small and then multiply and become larger. Common areas that show signs of sun damage first are the hands, chest, shoulders and face as these are areas that are exposed more to the sun than others. Freckles are a sign of sun damage and if you have freckles and look back to when you was a baby you will notice they weren’t there then.
What causes Sun Damage?
Sun damage is caused by (it’s in the name) the SUN! The sun is constantly ageing and changing our skins DNA. Too much sun without the right protection will damage the skins surface leading to ageing and unsightly darker patches/pigmentation to form.
What does sun damage look like?
Sun damage is sometimes confused with hormonal pigmentation. The main difference is that sun damage has no uniform colour whereas hormonal pigmentation often is symmetrical on the face.
Tips for dealing with sun damage
As sun damage can appear over many years treatment to correct the damage is often needed. You can help prevent sun damage occurring with the use of potent cosmeceutical products. The key to a good skincare program is to protect the skin with the use of a vitamin c product like SkinCeuticals® CE Ferulic to enhance the skins natural sun protection and prevent free radicals attacking the skin. SPF which contains a high level of Zinc should be worn daily even when its winter! UV rays are around at all times of the year so the Zinclear from Dermaquest® is a perfect product to apply year round as it protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
Q: Can you treat anywhere on the body?
A: We can. Often if you notice one area of sun damage there is bound to be more areas of the body that have been affected. Hands, chest and face are the most common but often backs and shoulders show sun damage.
Q: Can you treat all skin types?
A: We can. We have different treatments for treating different skin types and different types of pigmentation too. In the consultation we will determine which treatments will give you the best results.
Treatments – How can we help with sun damage?
At destination skin we have a range of different products and treatments to correct sun damage as well as prevent further damage to the skin. Often a course of skin peels and/or laser/IPL treatments will be advised alongside corrective products to use at home to enhance the results.
What our clients say
I came to destination skin as I had unsightly brown splodges on my hands. Destination skin used a treatment called IPL to remove these for me and now I wear Sun cream on my hands daily. I would have never have thought I could remove these but now I couldn’t be happier.
What our staff say
Sun damage is something that lots of clients are concerned about. Many years ago we didn’t fully know the effects that the sun would have on our skin. Now days clients are noticing sun damage that may have occurred many years previously. We are now educating clients about the importance of protecting and preventing sun damage.