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Causes of and Solutions for Sun Damage
Sun damage, also known as photo damage, refers to the damaged caused to the skin due to the harmful UV rays. Uncontrolled sun damage and repeated, unprotected exposure to the sun may cause early aging of the skin and increase the risk of serious diseases such as skin cancer.
Ultraviolet (UV) Rays
Sunlight carries ultraviolet (UV) radiation that can be harmful for the skin when it comes in direct, frequent or prolonged contact with the skin. UVA and UVB are two basic types of UV rays. UVA rays are more dangerous for the human body.
These rays tend to penetrate deep into the skin and are one of the key causes of early aging. Prolonged contact with UVA rays may also cause skin cancer. UVB rays, on the other hand, primarily affect only the superficial surface of the skin. Sunburns are typically caused due to UVB rays.
Secondary Sun Exposure
Primary or direct exposure to the sun is not the only cause of sun damage. Secondary sun exposure occurs when you are not deliberately seeking the sun. It may occur during everyday activities such as walking towards the parking lot, driving to work, or simply sitting near a sun-facing window. Secondary exposure to UV rays may even occur in places where you are least expecting it. It can occur when you are indoors, in the shade, or even on cloudy days.
An average person is exposed to more than 10 hours indoor UV rays in a week. Another seven hours of exposure to outdoor UV rays occurs in a week on average. In other words, an average person may receive about 20 hours of weekly UV radiation exposure without a suitable protection. For people living in sunny climates, the likelihood of sun exposure increases.
People who are at Higher Risk
Everyone is vulnerable to sun damage, but some people may have a higher risk than others. People who have suffered sunburns in the past are at a relatively higher risk than others. People living in hilly regions are also exposed to higher UV intensity. People with fair skin and light hair are genetically more predisposed to sun damage.
Those who engage in frequent outdoor activities are likely to be exposed more, which makes them more vulnerable to sun damage. Certain antibiotics and other medications may increase a patient’s sensitivity to the sun. People who have undergone certain cosmetic skin procedures should consult with their dermatologist for extra protection against sun damage.
How to Prevent Sun Damage?
Sun damage not only leads to premature aging of the skin, but it also increases the risk of skin cancer. Melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and basal cell carcinoma are three common types of skin cancer that may be caused due to excessive sun exposure.
Protecting against daily direct or indirect exposure to the sun is important. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends sunscreen products with an SPF of 15 or higher. The sunscreen should provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Moisturizers may also be used to defend against incidental UV exposure.
Sunscreen should be applied to the face, lips, ears, and neck. In case of a balding person, the scalp must also be protected. Sunscreen should be applied ideally 20 minutes prior to contact with UV rays. For extended sun exposure, the sunscreen application should be repeated every two to three hours.
Treatments for Sun Damage
A broad range of treatment options is available for sun damage here at Estetica, including both prescription and non-prescription treatments. More serious sun damage may require additional cosmetic procedures to restore the natural skin appearance. A dermatologist is the best person to evaluate the extent of sun damage and prescribe appropriate treatment according to the patient’s needs.
Retinol: Retinol includes pure Vitamin A, which helps in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin. It stimulates the renewal of keratin, which is essential for skin repair.
AHAs: AHAs or Alpha Hydroxin Acids eliminate dead skin cells from the top layer of the skin. It helps to produce a smoother and healthier skin tone with new skin cells.
Antioxidants: Sun damage can cause oxidative stress in the skin. Antioxidants improve the skin vivacity and reduce the wrinkles and skin discoloration.
Soy: Soy based treatments help to smooth and moisturize the skin, even the overall skin tone, and repair cracks in the skin in a mild and natural manner.
Tretinoin: Topical application of tretinoin helps to enhance collagen production to improve the inner arrangement of the skin. It reduces wrinkles and improves the skin texture.
Hydroquinones: This treatment is applied topically in the affected areas to inhibit the production of melanin. It helps to remove over-pigmented cells and improves skin clarity and tone.
Cosmetic Dermatological Treatments
Cosmetic procedures must be performed by an expert cosmetic dermatologist for safe and predictable results.
Microdermabrasion: This procedure involves scraping away of tiny surface skin particles to stimulate the structure of new skin cells. It decreases the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration, enhances skin texture, and restores the natural glow of the skin.
Chemical Peels: This non-surgical procedure involves application of a chemical solution to the face which gently removes the topmost layer of the skin. The regenerated skin appears in its place, which is softer, smoother, and less wrinkled.
Laser Resurfacing: Controlled laser light is used to vaporize undesired skin tissue and imperfections such as age spots and wrinkles layer by layer.
Derma Fillers: Advanced derma filler treatments are injected directly into the dermis to boost the production of collagen and volumize the skin. It helps to reduce skin folds, creases, wrinkles, and scars.
Botox: This is one of the most popular anti-aging injectable treatments with safe results. Patients of sun damage who develop mild to moderate lines and wrinkles can use this minimally invasive treatment option to restore the youthful appearance of their skin.
The truth about Wrinkle smoothing treatments
Anti-wrinkle injections can relax facial muscles to eliminate forehead and eye wrinkles — maximal improvement with minimal intervention. The beauty of minimally invasive skincare is that these services can be conveniently performed by Dr.Salimi right at your consultation appointment with little or no downtime.
These injections allow patients to have a fresher, rejuvenated, less tired look. It is a safe, effective proven method of treating fine lines and wrinkles when performed by an experienced practitioner. It works by inhibiting muscle activity. Repeated muscle activity leads to wrinkles that form bunny lines of the nose, deep wrinkles between the eyebrows, horizontal wrinkles of the forehead and wrinkles of the outer corner of the eyes (crow’s feet).All of these wrinkles may be eradicated by the treatment.
Dr.Salimi can also slightly elevate the eyebrows to give a refreshed, less tired appearance, without leaving a “surprised” look. The treatment is a superb option for patients who do not want surgery, but want the same improvement of the deep creases and furrows of the face. The results can be remarkable when performed in the proper hands. Dr.Salimi is uniquely trained in the location and activity of the muscles of the face and has gained lots of experience throughout his 9 years practice in injectables. He recognizes that each patient is different, and therefore individualizes his injection for what each patient needs. Often Dr. Salimi will have patients whose eyebrows are not symmetric, and one hangs lower than the other. By creating a specific injection plan for each individual, Dr.Salimi can artistically place more units on one side versus the other to regain symmetry between the two sides of the face.
Dr.Salimi uses exceptionally small needles, about the thickness of a human hair, and uses a gentle touch to minimize discomfort and prevent bruising. There is no down time for injections. Makeup can go on right away and you can return to work or go to dinner that night without worry.
7 Habits That Make Skin Age Faster
Many of the external causes of aging skin are determined by the health and lifestyle decisions you make every day. Making unhealthy choices can cause prematurely aging skin, and this makes you look older, faster.
An important part of any anti-aging skin care program is to know what you may be doing that is harming your skin and speeding up your skin's aging process.
Here are 7 habits that contribute to aging skin, making you look older than your years:
1. Smoking: Whether you smoke, or you spend time with a smoker, cigarette smoke is damaging -- and aging -- to your skin. Research has shown that exposure to cigarette smoke significantly increases skin wrinkles and dryness. This is partly due to the behavior of smoking, and also because cigarette smoke depletes your body of Vitamin C, which is a key ingredient for keeping skin plump and moist.
2. Sun Exposure: Sun exposure is very aging to skin. Unprotected skin that is exposed to the sun becomes more mottled in appearance. Freckles can turn into brown sun spots, the skin takes on a dry, leathery appearance, and wrinkles and sagging increase. The risk of skin cancer is significantly increased by sun exposure. The good news is that sun damage is avoidable, and if you start now, you can improve the condition of sun damaged skin.
See our fully qualified Health Practitioner, Parisa to assess the amount of sun damage you may have, and to rule out possible skin cancers. She may be able to prescribe medical treatments that can help to reduce existing sun damage.
If you want to avoid aging skin but don’t want to avoid the sun, make sure you use sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Choose sunscreen with SPF of 50 or higher, and use it all year-round, even on cloudy days. Clouds do not protect you from ultraviolet ray exposure.
3. Lack of Exercise: Living a sedentary life contributes to aging skin, because exercise helps to tone your muscles and get your blood flowing. Exercise should be an important part of every anti-aging skin care program. Researchers have also discovered that sedentary older adults are at higher risk for dementia. In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, the benefits of a regular exercise program will show on your face. Having a bright smile and lots of energy will help you look and feel younger, at any age.
4. Exposure to cold weather: Cold winds and low temperatures contribute to aging skin by making skin dry, so if you venture out in the cold be sure to use a good moisturizer. It’s important to use moisturizer indoors too, as heated rooms can be very drying to skin. Consider using a humidifier to help keep your skin more comfortable and reduce the aging skin effects of heated rooms.
5. Alcohol use: Alcohol contributes to aging skin by dilating small blood vessels in the skin and increasing blood flow near the skin's surface. Over time, these blood vessels can become permanently damaged, creating a flushed appearance and broken vessels on the skin’s surface.
6. Stress: Maybe you’ve heard this expression: “Don’t frown, your face could stay that way.” Stress and worry cause frowning, and over time the muscles in the face actually conform to that movement. To help reduce aging skin due to stress, be aware of your stress level and try to vary your facial expressions during the day. A good skin care program should include anti-wrinkle injections (botox), meditation, yoga, gentle exercise or other relaxation techniques. Keeping stress in check -- and frown lines and aging skin wrinkles to a minimum -- will help you look and feel younger.
7. Lack of sleep: Too little sleep makes you look and feel tired. One of the first places lack up sleep shows up is on the face, with dark circles and bags under the eyes, and sagging skin. Lack of sleep is also a major factor in memory loss and symptoms of depression that include low interest in daily activities and negative thinking.
Research has shown that most adults function best with 8-9 hours of sleep each night. Reduce caffeine during the day (with none in the evening), avoid eating at least 2 hours before bedtime, and maintain a sleep routine that includes going to bed at the same time each night.
If you are having trouble sleeping, for any reason, it’s important to see your health care provider.
While some signs of aging skin are inevitable, there’s a lot you can do to look your best at any age. Taking good care of yourself is the most important step in your anti-aging skin care program.
For further information or to book a consultation with us please call 01932570099.
Zap! your unwanted hair away with our GentleMax technology
With spring just around the corner, doing the pits is big business. Some might think lasering armpits is an indulgence when you can just grab a Bic razor and lather up. Not our customers who have tried our magic machine.
The GentleMax Pro is two lasers in one, also called as the Rolls Royce of laser. It’s considered “colour-blind,” because the touch screen allows the doctor to easily select the ideal setting based on skin tone and colour. Parisa uses the Nd:YAG for darker skin types, because it’s safer and more effective. Those with lighter skin tones derive the most benefit from the Alexandrite.
Without getting too technical, it’s an “integrated treatment system using laser technology to deliver an intense but gentle burst of energy onto targeted areas of the skin.”
The laser can be used anywhere you want to rid yourself of unwanted hair, and it’s done inside a physician’s room because it’s so powerful. Both practitioner and patient wear protective eye wear designed specifically for the procedure. The GentleMax Pro is made by Syneron/Candela, and it’s received rave reviews.
You can download our full price list from the Home page of our website. Don't forget to take out the 40% we are offering this month on all Laser treatments. Hurry, offer runs out on the 31st of March 2014!