Soaking up the sun can feel wonderful—especially after a long and cold West Michigan winter! However, there is a fine line between healthy and unhealthy sun exposure.
Most people can really only tolerate a small amount of sunlight before burning becomes imminent. UVA radiation can damage the skin in less than one minute in certain circumstances. Repeated overexposure to these harmful rays is the main culprit behind a host of skin issues like wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, uneven tone, lost elasticity, dark spots, light spots and even cancer.
It is possible to improve the visible signs of sun-damaged skin, but results can vary based on how extensive the damage is. In some cases, it can take years for it to reveal itself. If you’ve ever had a tan, your skin has been wounded by the sun! Even if your skin is relatively flawless you should still assume that sun damage is lurking below the surface. It’s important that you take the sun seriously, no matter your age or how your skin looks.
Younger skin tends to heal itself faster due to more efficient cell turnover, which is why it looks better. However, you are never too young to start protecting your skin from the sun. Your first line of defense against sun-damaged skin lies in these three key topical products:
There are also other topical products formulated to target more extensive visible sun damage. These products often contain potent combinations of vital nutrients that support overall cell health and can be used in conjunction with sunscreens, retinols and antioxidant serums.
Almost every single treatment and procedure we offer at the Centre for Pure Skin relates to sun-damaged skin. As a part of a plastic surgery group, most of what we do is centered around cosmetically treating visible skin issues—around 90% of which are caused by the sun. Here is a list of a few of our most common treatments and procedures for sun-damaged skin:
“Annie is wonderful! She is a very skilled provider. Pure Skin is the best. I absolutely love my results. Highly recommend.”* -Pure Skin Patient, Annie Zimmerman
“Madeline is awesome! I love my HydraFacials. Madeline does an amazing job.”* -Pure Skin Patient, Madeline Jewell
“Annie is knowledgeable about injectables. She always addresses my questions. [Single best thing is…] I am very excited about the new program to pay monthly."* -Pure Skin Patient, Annie Zimmerman
Healthy, pure skin is a vital component of beautiful skin. While we are medical professionals that are trained in how to support the health of your skin, we do not aim to replace a visit to your dermatologist. You should still have your skin checked yearly for more serious sun damage such as skin cancer in a dermatology clinic.