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The Sun Damages Your Skin in More Ways Than You Think

The Sun Damages Your Skin in More Ways Than You Think

Most of us know that overexposure to the sun contributes to skin damage and aging. Unfortunately, it accounts for more than we think, and most people don't take the proper precautions when it comes to protecting themselves. Avoiding skin damage isn't just about not getting a sunburn. It's important to protect your skin year-round by applying sunscreen to exposed areas. The face, neck and chest are areas with thin, delicate skin, and they also happen to be the areas that get the most exposure. Hands are also susceptible to the damage of UV rays.

Just How Much Does the Sun Age Your Skin?

Your overall UV exposure plays a major role in how old you look. For example, a person with excessive sun damage will look about three years older than someone with average UV exposure, while someone with limited sun exposure will look about three years younger.

How Does the Sun Affect Your Skin?

One major consequence of sun damage is wrinkles, but it's important to realize that wrinkles aren't the only problem. Much of what makes you look older is sagging, discolored skin with uneven and rough texture. Sagging skin does happen naturally with age, no matter what you do. But repeated UV exposure accelerates this process. Sun damage also causes blotchiness, age spots and yellowing. That "crepey" look you are noticing on your neck, chest and hands? Yep, that's from sun damage, too.

One major consequence of sun damage is wrinkles, but it's important to realize that wrinkles aren't the only problem.

What Can You Do to Prevent Sun Damage?

The best way to limit UV exposure is to avoid the sun, however, this isn't always realistic. Wearing hats and quality sunglasses help, of course. Avoiding high noon and extended time in the sun is also wise. Daily exposure happens, though, so your next best bet is to slather on sunscreen to any exposed skin. Your face, neck and chest area call for a sunscreen that is made for delicate, sensitive skin. Don't forget your hands! They get tons of exposure and often show the signs of aging even more than your face does. Just make sure that your sunscreen has at least 15 SPF. 

How Do I Treat Existing Sun Damage?

Applying sunscreen and avoiding overexposure to the sun is a wonderful way to prevent further UV damage and aging, but what about the damage that has already been done? For many people, years of exposure have already taken their toll. Don't give up! There are plenty of solutions. One effective treatment for skin is CO2 laser treatment.

Fractional CO2 laser treatment is the go-to treatment for signs of premature aging due to sun damage. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, smooths skin texture, creates an even skin tone, and takes care of fading acne scars, sun spots and other discoloration. Plus, it stimulates the body's own natural healing process, so it continues to help your skin stay younger longer.

For those looking to improve the overall look of their skin, CO2 laser treatment is a wonderful option. Remember, it's not just wrinkles and sagging skin that create the look of aging skin, it's also discoloration. CO2 laser treatment addresses both the wrinkles and the discoloration and texture.

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At Tate Medispa, we love to help our clients look and feel their best. Our treatments are state-of-the-art, and can be combined to create a more youthful appearance. Get more information about laser treatment, dermal fillers and other treatments, contact us today.