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How Can Sun Damage Your Skin?

The sun brings warmth and light, making it an important part of life on earth. Our bodies have evolved to not only crave sunlight, but to need it. Specifically, the sun allows for the synthesis of Vitamin D. Vitamin D has many important roles in health optimization, however excessive sun exposure can do more damage than good. 

The sun emits two forms of ultraviolet radiation, UVA and UVB, both of which are harmful to the skin. Due to the nature of UVB, it affects the superficial layers of the skin, causing DNA changes at the cellular level. These rays account for sunburns and most skin cancers, and are what most sunscreens strive to protect against. 95% of UV rays that reach the earth’s surface are UVA, and are the primary cause of premature aging from sun damage. While UVA is significantly more abundant and is not filtered by clouds or windows, most sunscreens do not provide protection from its harmful effects. This is why regular use of quality broad-spectrum sunscreen is so heavily emphasized by medical professionals.

It is critical that your sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB.

Is sun exposure good for your skin?

Regulated exposure to sunlight allows for the critical synthesis of vitamin D. Vitamin D is integral to the absorption of calcium, promoting strong and healthy bones, and is debated to help with skin healing. There is also some evidence correlating vitamin D deficiencies to some cancers, heart disease, and depression. All these influences express the importance of sunlight for health and happiness. That being said, it is important to emphasize that these benefits are only positive in safe and controlled instances of sun exposure. It is estimated 20 minutes of sunshine on one arm daily is sufficient as irreparable sun damage can occur after just 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure on the face and body. This damage causes premature aging, pigmentation, and increases the risk of skin cancer.

Is sun-damaged skin permanent?

Sun damage causes changes to your body’s DNA at the cellular level. While many of the consequences of sun damage, such as wrinkles and sunspots, can be improved, the skin will never return to the way it once was

The best way to “get rid” of sun-damaged skin, is to prevent it. Hats, broad-spectrum sunscreens, and antioxidants are critical everyday practices. UVA can penetrate clouds and windows, meaning sunscreen should be worn every single day, whether it is cloudy or if you plan to stay inside. That being said, best practice is not always possible and the damage may already be done. That is why we are here. Sun-damaged skin is often dry and aged. This means flaky, deflated, and dull skin with age and sun spots, wrinkles, and unwanted texture. These effects of sun damage can be helped with a variety of machine laser treatments, some injectables, and the religious use of medical-grade skincare products.

What are the best laser treatments for sun-damaged skin?

Halo Laser

HALO™ is a revolutionary hybrid fractional laser. The first of its kind, Halo combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths that deliver energy to the same microscopic treatment zone to maximize results and minimize downtime. 

HALO™ treats visible signs of aging and sun damage, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, discolouration, sun spots, enlarged pores, and generally poor skin appearance. Unlike other laser resurfacing treatments, HALO™’s cutting-edge technology allows for the treatment of darker skin tones, with less risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

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Restore your natural youth with Halo Laser.

Forever Young BBL 

BBL™ is designed to address an array of skin concerns, including age spots, freckles, rosacea small veins, active acne, and sun damage. This non-invasive treatment heats up the upper layers of targeted areas, stimulating the production of collagen and rejuvenating your skin. 

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Regain a youthful appearance with Forever Young BBL™.

Best skin treatments for sun damage


Intense Pulsed Light (also known as IPL) is an effective treatment for brown spots, sunspots, broken capillaries, and other complexion concerns associated with sun damage. Additionally, IPL helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by premature aging due to sun damage.

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IPL is an effective treatment that will give your skin an overall glow.

Venus Viva

Venus Viva is a non-invasive, skin-rejuvenating treatment perfect for anyone on the go. With no social downtime, you can be back in makeup and at work within 24 hours. As a fractionated radiofrequency device, Venus Viva can treat all skin colours for sun damage and skin aging due to its reduced risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Generally, the Venus Viva improves the appearance of fine lines and pigment irregularity, making it the perfect treatment to reverse signs of sun-damaged skin.

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Venus Viva is a skin resurfacing treatment, perfect for all skin types.

Dermal Filler

Sun damage significantly accelerates the skin’s aging process. This means the skin often develops deep wrinkles and volume loss over time. Dermal filler is the best way to replenish deflated skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles with minimal risk and best results. Dermal filler can be used in a multitude of ways, including through microinjections across areas of concern, to rehydrate and rejuvenate for a youthful glow.

As the premier destination for dermal fillers in Vancouver, we provide an extensive range of premium fillers to help you achieve your desired look. Our team of skilled injectors are recognized experts in the field, ensuring that you receive the highest level of service and care. To schedule a consultation with one of our specialists, contact us today.

Our recommended products for sun damaged skin

SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum

ZO Retinol Skin Brightener

ZO Hydroquinone

SkinCeuticals Retinol

SkinBetter Alto Defense Serum™

ZO Daily Power Defense

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