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How can sun damage your skin?

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 improves mood and allows for 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 which 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 sunscreens are so heavily emphasized by medical professionals.

Is Sun Exposure Good for Your Skin?

Regulated exposure to sunlight allows for 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 tTanning for 10 minutes on your body and face is harmful. It causes aging, pigmentation, wrinkles and increases 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. How to get rid of sun-damaged skin.

The best way to “get rid” of sun-damaged skin, is to prevent it. Hats, broad spectrum sunscreens, and antioxidants are critical every day practice. 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. Then again, 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 religious use of medical-grade skin care 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 treatment of darker skin tones, with less risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

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. 

Best Skin Treatments for Sun Damage

IPL

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.

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, with little 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.

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.

Discover Your Sun Damage Severity

We believe in personalized care. We will advise the best treatment plan that works for you, to achieve your desired results and look. We will discuss your history and concerns to recommend the best course of action.

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    Located on West 4th in Vancouver’s trendy Kitsilano area, Dr. Gidon Frame has been successfully slowing down the aging process and making happy patients happier at Anti-Aging Medical & Laser Clinic since 2003. Feel free to speak English, Chinese and Spanish with us!

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