It is easy to expose your skin to UV damage throughout the year, even in the winter when you feel safe from the sun you continue to be bombarded by ultraviolet radiation that causes discoloration of your skin and wrinkling from collagen damage.

Although you can’t go back in time, you can undo some of the injuries-such as sun spots, age spots, broken vessels, freckles and wrinkles. It is never too late to take steps to eradicate past sun damage, rejuvenate your skin and prevent further injury. Read on to learn more about the latest technological advances and complexion protecting strategies that can save your skin.

Please keep in mind that your lifestyle habits and genetics influence results. Photographs on this website are used for illustrative purposes. Your results will not be identical to the photographs. Spa 35 strongly encourages limiting sun exposure, good diet, and strenuous exercise (within your doctors recommendations) to Look and Feel Your Best. 

Some things to keep in mind about age spots;

  • If you have mild blotchiness, an at-home peel kit or serum can leave your complexion looking smoother and more luminous
  • For more noticeable and lasting results, a laser skin resurfacing is complexion saving solution
  • Sunscreen should be applied about 20 minutes prior to heading outside; then reapplied every one to two hours and after swimming or exercise

Sun Damage Solutions

The first line of defense is a topical lightening cream or serums with ingredients such as vitamin C, alpha or beta acids, or prescription vitamin A products, such as Renova, to even out skin tone and lighten freckles. Oral antioxidants such as Selenium, and Pycnogenol are nutritional supplements that offer sun protection from the inside out. Chemical peels are the next level. If you have mild blotchiness, an at-home peel kit or serum can leave your complexion looking smoother and more luminous. For more noticeable results, an in-spa chemical peel can lighten your complexion and smooth out rough uneven texture. More significant and lasting results may require light based procedures, such as series of three to five skin rejuvenation procedures. Commonly referred by their brand names, IPL and BBL, these procedures use light penetration through the surface of the skin without removing it to treat areas of discoloring below the skin surface without removing it. Frequently referred to as a “lunchtime” treatments they provide big results with minimal downtime. After these procedures, it’s important to use sun block each morning (don’t forget your hands and chest!) and stay out of the sun to slow further discoloration.

  • Vitamin A creams such as Retin-A or Tretinoin are foundational to smooth, even complexion skin. Use a prescription grade, over the counter products are much less effective. Tretinoin is one of the few products you can apply to your face that has clinical studies to prove their effectiveness. Start you skin care strategy with prescription grade vitamin A and high quality sun screen.
  • Sun screen every day, preferably with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. The sun and some indoor lights degrade skin collagen and trigger age spots. The harmful effects of the sun penetrate glass. UVA is the most damaging energy from the sun and the most difficult to mitigate. Start everyday with a broad spectrum sun screen, preferable with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide listed in the ingredients.

Learn more about UVA and UVB at http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb

Problem: Freckles and pigmentation
Solution: Lightening creams & serums, nutritional supplements, chemical peels, IPL/BBL

Professional at-home chemical peel kits and serums increase cell turnover to diminish fine lines and improve the texture and overall tone of sun damaged or aging skin. These treatments require a consistent regimen to maintain results. For more noticeable and lasting results, a Laser360 is complexion saving solution. The energy and heat of this laser procedure removes the damaged, surface layers of the skin-allowing new, fresher, healthier skin to be revealed upon healing. The Laser360 offers dramatic and lasting results, but comes with risks and downtime.

Problem: Fine lines, rough uneven texture and blotchiness
Solution: At-home chemical peel kits, Fractionated Laser Skin Resurfacing

Types of Sunscreen to Protect Against Sun Exposure

There are two principal types of sunscreens: physical blocks, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which act as a barrier, reflecting UVA and UVB rays, and chemical blocks, such as benzophenones (oxybenzone) which act as a sponge to absorb UVB and some UVA light. Although much of the focus has been on UVB rays-originally considered the “burning” rays that cause skin cancer and premature aging-the American Academy of Dermatology has found UVA rays penetrate deeper than UVB rays and are just as harmful. The sunscreen ingredient Avobenzone (tradenamed Parson 1789) acts as a specific UVA blocker. For maximum protection, look for a sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher that also contains titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and/or Avodenzone.

How and When to Apply Sunscreen

The number-one way to protect the skin is to use a broad-spectrum sunblock that blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays and has an SPF of 30 or higher. SPF refers to the amount of extra time you can spend in the sun without burning. An SPF of 30 means you can stay in the sun 30 times longer than normal. So if you burn within five minutes, an SPF of 30 would protect you for about two and a half hours.

Sunscreen should be applied about 20 minutes prior to heading outside (year round); then reapplied every one to two hours and after swimming or exercise. It is smart to wear sunblock every day-even on cloudy or winter days-since you’re exposed to ultraviolet energy and it’s resulting sun damage. Most exposure to the sun’s damaging rays happens when you’re doing everyday activities like driving in your car and running errands outside. Spa 35 carries a variety of moisturizers and sunscreens that can provide you skin with the needed UVA and UVB coverage.

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