Sun damage has detrimental, long term effects on the skin and can permanently alter your complexion. UV radiation is the biggest contributor to premature ageing and directly affects the life cycle of collagen and elastic proteins. Prolonged exposure to UV light can also deplete the skin’s natural supply of lubricating oils, diminish a healthy, even complexion, lastingly change the skin’s structure, and – in the worst cases – significantly increase your likelihood of developing cancerous lesions. This is why we take reversing the signs of sun damage seriously, and have outlined everything you need to know surrounding its occurrence.
There are three types of ultraviolet rays, A, B and C and they are invisible lights emitted from the sun. We are only affected by UVA and UVB rays, as luckily, the most dangerous – UVC light – is absorbed by the ozone layer before it reaches the ground. UVA light is a long-wave light that accounts for 95% of the UV radiation that reaches the earth. UVA causes cellular reactions in the dermis and is most associated with photoaging, such as wrinkles and pigmentation. UVB, on the other hand, are short-wave rays that produce the visible effects of sun damage, such as freckling and reddening, and too much UVB exposure is linked to skin cancer.
Sun damage, also known as photoaging, is caused when UVA and UVB lights hit skin that is unprotected by sunscreen. When this happens, the visible signs of sun damage, like uneven pigmentation and sunburn, are produced as the body responds to too much exposure to ultraviolet light.
Pigmentation issues occur when too much melanin is produced. Melanin is a protective pigment that gives the skin it’s tan and colour. When your body tries to protect you against UVA and UVB lights, an abundance of melanin is produced in the skin which can develop unevenly and result in dark patches, age spots and an overall uneven skin tone.
IPL – Intense pulsed light treatment works to improve large areas of sun damaged skin to restore a younger, refined and even appearance whilst reversing the mild signs of photoaging. It works by going over the skin with a handheld light device that emits scattered flashes of infrared and visible light which is absorbed into melanin present on the epidermis. Each treatment works to fade large areas of sun damaged skin and re-establish a flawless complexion – whilst also stimulating collagen production. This is the best treatment to target the moderate signs of ageing and pigmentation issues.
Microneedling – This is an ideal treatment to diminish any sun-induced fine lines or wrinkles and restore an unblemished appearance – for youthful, revitalising results. Microneedling is a collagen boosting treatment that uses original DermaRoller® devices to target whole areas of the face or concentrate only on unwanted sections of sun damage. The DermaRoller devices are made of highest quality stainless steel that are fitted with ultra-fine microneedles that roll evenly across the skin, to create multiple, atraumatic entry holes which activates collagen production and regenerates the skin. The end result produces no lasting damage, but younger and brighter results.
Anti-ageing injectables – For fast, immediate results we have a wide range of injectable treatments – such as our Juvederm® dermal fillers or Botox® injections – that can diminish prominent wrinkles, dramatically improve laxity issues, such as jowls, and restore lost volume to sunken, depressed skin. Injectables are one cosmetic avenue worth looking into for instant results and an uplifted, younger appearance.
For mild to moderate sun damage, we recommend the following skin rejuvenation treatments:
Skin peels – An elevated facial that uses powerful active ingredients, like natural acids, enzymes and botanical extracts, to correct a wide range of pigmentation and photoaging issues. Skin peels are completely customisable and can be strengthened to target more prominent issues, or you can opt for a lighter peel to give sun-tired skin a boost. For sun-induced ageing, we recommend the Medik8 Rewind peel which is specifically designed to reverse the signs of ageing and re-establish your glow. For mild pigmentation concerns, Epionce’s Lite Refresh peel is ideal for a first time peel and works to improve texture and tone from the offset.
HydraFacial – A relaxing treatment that uses six unique steps to leave you with brighter, younger and even skin from the first facial. In each HydraFacial, you will experience a combination of massage techniques, natural floral extracts, vortex technology (to remove impurities) and LED light to reverse any pigmentation UV damage. HydraFacial is the perfect treatment to give yourself brighter, radiant skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve elasticity and tone and diminish brown spots or darkened patches. Go Platinum with your facial for more advanced steps and additional booster serums. We recommend the following Platinum HydraFacials: Circardia’s Chrono-Peptide booster (for sun-induced ageing), the Britenol™ booster (for dull, pigmented skin) or ZO Health’s Brightalive® booster (to target current, and prevent future, pigmentation).
Microdermabrasion – A professional exfoliating treatment that refreshes and renews the skin. It uses microcrystals as exfoliating beads and these are sized between 0.06-0.45mm, depending on the severity of your sun-damage. This is the perfect treatment when combined with skin resurfacing treatments as microdermabrasion will elevate your results and help generate a newer, firmer epidermis from the first session. Not only will this treatment intensely clean your skin, but will also make it look visibly brighter, softer and younger afterwards. This is ideal for targeting sun-induced rough, dull and sagging skin.
Sun damage can be easily prevented with a vigilant skincare regime. The biggest, most beneficial thing you can do to avoid harmful UV damage, is to wear a high SPF daily – even if it is not sunny – as UVA rays can still penetrate through the clouds. Invest in a moisturiser with SPF as this will help you to remember to apply daily.
Other ways to prevent sun damage is to wear wide brimmed hats, seek shady areas when spending long periods of time outdoors (especially during summer) and apply SPF throughout the day.
If you are already experiencing the signs of sun damage, the best thing to do is limit any sun exposure and focus on preventative and reparative skincare habits. This can involve regenerating sheet masks, using topical retinoids at night, wearing vitamin C daily to help brighten the skin, and applying hyaluronic acid (morning and night) to improve water retention levels.
If you have moderate to severe sun damage, seek dermatological advice. You can book a consultation with us to have an expert-led chat with one of our dermatological professions, who will assess your skin and inform you on all the treatments, products and lifestyle habits to follow that will make the biggest impact on you and your skin.
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Sun Damage Treatment Pricing
|HydraFacial Acne Pro GlySal Boost||£188|
|Epionce Lite Refresh Skin Peel||£83|
|HydraFacial Acne Pro GlySal Boost||£564||£507.60|
|Epionce Lite Refresh Skin Peel||£249||£220|
|HydraFacial Acne Pro GlySal Boost||£1,128||£940|
|Epionce Lite Refresh Skin Peel||£498||£440|
|HydraFacial Acne Pro GlySal Boost||£2,256||£1,692|
Frequently Asked Questions
At DestinationSkin we can. Often if you notice one area of sun damage, there are bound to be more areas of your body that have been affected. Hands, chest and face are the most commonly afflicted areas, but often backs and shoulders show signs of sun damage too. We like to help prevent any further sun damage we can.
Yes, we can. There are many different kinds of skin types and tones and sun damage can affect them all. We also have specific treatment options available depending on the type of pigmentation you want to reduce, e.g freckles, sun spots, hyperpigmentation. During your initial consultation, we will determine which treatment will give you the best outcome to restore your natural complexion.
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