Sun Damaged Skin
Being in the sunshine makes us feel good and we need it for Vitamin D production, but the sun is the biggest factor that affects ageing of the skin.
Its damaging UVA and UVB rays age our skin prematurely by thinning the protective epidermal layers. UVA rays make up 95% of UV light and penetrate deep into the dermis to damage the skin, even on cloudy days, through your car window and in winter.
Think of UVA for Ageing skin and think of UVB for Burning as these rays only penetrate and burn the skin’s upper epidermal layer. There are more UVB rays on sunny days and during the summer.
Sun or photo-damaged skin is characterised by lines and wrinkles, a lack of elasticity and tightness, areas of pigmentation, blemishes and a duller complexion. At its worst the skin can be affected by solar keratosis (rough scaly patches of skin) and skin cancers.
Ageing skin has damage to the collagen which consequently causes elasticity loss and can look dull, dehydrated and “leathery”. Sun spots (solar lentigines) are brown marks on the skin, especially the face and arms, which can develop on people who spend a considerable amount of time in the sun. These tend to appear later in life after years of sun exposure without correct sun screen.
We recommend all year round protection and provide the Heliocare range of clinically proven skin protection.
To address already sun damaged skin we can offer a variety of treatment options including: Restylane Skinboosters to hydrate, Er:glass laser and Peels to resurface and IPL to rejuvenate.