Early sun damage may only be visible under a special light. sk:n have a specialist Visia system that can take a picture of your face which then shows early sun damage beneath the surface.
(PRWEB UK) 4 May 2012
We all know the dangers of exposing our skin to harmful UV rays – but let’s face it, who’s going to miss an opportunity in the sunshine when it’s already such a rarity during the British summer?
Getting a tan, however, is actually the skin’s defence reaction to the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays. To begin with, you may be able to achieve a nice even colour but as the damage continues, the tan will become patchy, especially on the areas most commonly exposed like your face and hands. As time goes on, patches of pigmentation will stay even when the tan fades. This is what is technically known as solar lentigines – and we know them as sun or age spots.
They develop as a result of sun damage when normal cellular function is disrupted and the melanocytes (cells that make pigment) start to work overtime and produce more pigment than normal.
If you’ve been a dedicated sunbather in the past, avid gardener, sportswoman out in the open all the time – or you simply enjoy the open doors, you may want to take note of the advice of Dr Askari Townshend, Director of Medical Services at sk:n clinics, on how to combat the tell-tale signs of sun damage:
- Wear a good sun protection daily (at least SPF25 in the summer) and don’t forget to reapply. sk:n Sunscreen SPF 30 or 50, £15, gives good protection against both UVB (the rays that burn from the sun) and UVA rays ( the rays that cause cell damage even on a cloudy day) and it contains anti-oxidants to make it a double whammy protection against daily damage from free radical damage too
- SPF (sun protection factor) is the number given to the multiples of time you can spend in the sun before burning. So SPF25 means it would take 25 times longer in the sun for you to burn with protection than without.
- Laser treatment can improve solar lentigines on fair or normal skin, but it’s not ideal for darker skins as their darker pigment can also be disrupted
- Use creams instead such as sk:n Skin Brightening Cream, £29, which contain special ingredients to help lighten pigment
- Skin peels can also help to lighten the sun spots as well as rejuvenating to leave a fresher more youthful-looking skin
- Avoid strong sunlight and sunbeds – simply avoid the damage and risk of developing the brown spots in the first place!
Askari says, “Early sun damage may only be visible under a special light. sk:n have a specialist Visia system that can take a picture of your face which then shows early sun damage beneath the surface. This helps formulate your treatment which can nip problems in the bud before they even appear! There are a range of treatments to help reduce the appearance of sun damage such as microdermabrasion, skin peels and lasers. All of these procedures help to stimulate new collagen and elastin production and some will help pigmentation problems such as sun spots. Suspicious moles should always be seen by a GP or dermatologist and you should never delay!”
sk:n has 40 clinics nationwide from Aberdeen to Brighton and is recognised by the Independent Health Advisory Service (IHAS) ‘Treatments You Can Trust’ register.
The journey to flawless sk:n starts now. For fresh, youthful and beautiful skin, speak to the expert voice in sk:n care. Visit sknclinics.co.uk to begin your journey or call 0800 822 3088 for more details.