All of us, no matter how hard we try or the severity of it, have received a sun burn. We’ve missed a certain spot with sun cream or the weather has caught us off guard, and we’ve turned a little pink. As common as this is, sadly this is not the only extent of sun damage. Because the sun penetrates far deeper into our skin than just burning the superficial layers, it changes how our skin operates. Aloe Vera and moisturisers might soothe our burns, but they can’t stop these deep inner-workings of our skin changing and reacting. It’s never been more important to protect your skin with broad spectrum sun protection, but what can we do when we start to see the visible signs of sun damage? Deluxe Clinic in Buckinghamshire are here to show you exactly how and why sun damage occurs, but also how to treat it.
Sun damage and Photoaging
Sun damage causes the visible signs of premature ageing to develop through the process known as photoaging. This is characterised by premature wrinkles, loss of volume, and loss of structure in the skin. Collagen and elastin are essential to keeping our skin firm and flexible, so when the sun’s rays start to break these proteins down it causes sagging skin and wrinkles. The UVA rays from the sun penetrate the dermis and damage the collagen, which our body tries to prevent. This prevention, however, often worsens the degrading of the proteins and causes our skin to sag after frequent periods of exposure. The most important thing to remember in order to prevent this from happening is to wear sun protection whenever you are exposed for long periods of time. Over time, this kind of damage builds and builds until it is noticeable in your skin, so it’s always best to take preventative measures first. When seeking to restore volume to sagging and wrinkled areas, we would recommend skin tightening treatment.
Hyperpigmentation and sun spots
Hyperpigmentation and sun spots occur when the skin is exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun, causing inflammation in the skin. This response begins as soon as we step into the sunlight and repeatedly exposing your skin to long periods in the sun drastically increases it. Our body produces hormones to lessen the inflammation, which encourage the production of excess melanin in the skin to neutralise the damage being done. Over the years and with frequent exposure, the hormones that activate melanin production remain permanently active and continue to darken the skin. This creates dark, patchy areas in your skin tone as well as photoaging and thinning skin. Sun spots form in this way too and are most common on the face, arms, and chest.
Treating the visible signs of sun damage
Depending on your area of concern, we have a range of treatments for sun damage. For hyperpigmentation, for example, a course of chemical peels will be recommended should we believe they’ll benefit you. Our mandelic peel is ideal for deep exfoliation to help free hyperpigmentation, sun spots, and sun damage, while also promoting overall skin health. The ZO 3 Step Peel treats broader formers of hyperpigmentation, such as melasma, as well as sun damage and dark spots. This too significantly improves the skin’s health and includes a skin-boosting barrier for a more resilient dermis.
We also use intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy to compliment chemical peel treatments and bespoke skincare packages. This laser therapy zaps the skin with powerful bursts of light energy that the pigment absorbs. This breaks up the pigment, lessening its immediate appearance.
The sun does so much more than burn us, but we won’t notice its true effects until they’ve developed over time. Because the visible signs of ageing continue to worsen with more exposure, you might not realise the harm you’re doing to your skin. Broad spectrum sun protection is always the first step to preventing these signs developing, but there are treatments available to lessen the appearance if they do occur.
Book your consultation on 01753 885777 or enquire online to achieve healthy, youthful-looking skin.