Sun Damaged Skin: Why It Happens And What Works
Living on planet Earth, we all know that it is interminable to escape the sun’s wrath. Unless, of course, you inhabit the poles. But for everyone else reading this article, I’m sure you empathize facing every day the unforgiving harsh light of the sun, which leaves its marks long after the exposure.
You could be a woman in her late twenties, just returned from a vacation at the beach, with sunburn as a memento; obviously not the tan you’d planned for. Or you could be a woman in her 40s-50s, one who’s spent too much time outdoors, either gardening or traveling or just shopping for household chores. And without being aware of the necessity of wearing sunscreen at all times, how were you to know that years of bearing witness to the sun would exhibit itself so transparently on your face?
But you can rest your anxiety and fears. In today’s world of miracles that is science and technology, it is possible to erase the sun damage to your skin, and gift yourself with spotless, smoother and younger looking skin!
Before telling you how to let us quickly get to know the enemy better.
Sunburn is nothing but an acute inflammation of the skin due to excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. It starts off by reddening of the skin, seen usually after just 3-4 hours of exposure, and reaching a peak at 12-24 hours.
In addition to redness, the skin will also be warm to touch, painful, tender, itchy; because it’s inflamed, it may also appear swollen or demonstrate small fluid-filled blisters. In severe degrees of sunburn, you are at a greater risk of dehydration and infections and may develop a headache, fever, chills, nausea, and fatigue. Healing occurs within 4-7 days by way of peeling. The sunspots, on the other hand, are a result of cumulative sun exposure over years, due to increased melanin.
Sun damage can happen to any area exposed to the sun, including earlobes, scalp, lips, and eyes. The best way to prevent it is to stay covered up, wearing scarves or wide-brimmed hats, to stay hydrated, and to always wear sunscreen (SPF>30).
But if the damage has been done, here’s how you can treat it, without any major risks involved: microdermabrasion.
What is microdermabrasion?
Sounds quite a mouthful, doesn’t it? It is quite simply a procedure though. It’s a non-invasive, non-chemical procedure that involves manual exfoliation of skin, mainly the top layer of the epidermis. It improves the appearance of sun damaged skin by removing the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells to reveal younger, healthier-looking skin.
At Home vs Clinic.
Yes, microdermabrasion kits are available for you to use at home. Even though promoted as safe and effective, the fact is that home microdermabrasion will never match the professional treatment. Because the professional treatments use pure crystal flows by way of vacuum effect as opposed to crystal-based cream that is part of the at-home kits, they leave no residue to trigger adverse reactions, give better and longer lasting results, and also stimulate collagen remodeling.
Multiple sessions enable you to have:
- Clean pores. Say goodbye to clogged up pores!
- New skin cells. Healthy, new cells give your skin a younger look.
- Smoother skin. Blemishes and fine lines fade over repeated treatments.
- Reduced scarring. Removes the dead skin cells that form your scar, replacing it with new ones.