Prevention is the best way to avoid sun damage, but if you have premature signs of ageing, or pigmentation and age spots, then there are treatments that could help.
At last… the British summer has finally seen the sun! However, this cause for celebration comes with mixed messages from the media.
The sun has many positive health benefits:
- Mental well-being – lack of sunlight can lead to SAD seasonal affective disorder and doctors have reported a summer surge in patients suffering from depression during the poor summer weather. Sunlight gives us a natural boost
- Vitamin D – produced naturally in the skin by sunlight. As well as strengthening bones, muscles and joints, vitamin D levels is linked to lower rates of various cancers and heart disease
- Exercise – getting out and being active is much more appealing when the weather is warm, giving a range of benefits from weight loss to general health and strength
- Skin conditions – acne, eczema and psoriasis can all show improvement as a result of exposure to sunlight
However, despite the many positive benefits of sun exposure, there remains one highly significant downside and that is the risk of sun damage, potentially leading to skin cancer.
All the more so when summer starts late – Britons have not had the opportunity to build up a gradual element of natural protection and sun-starved adults and children are tempted to “overdo it” staying in the sun too long.
In addition, while a fresh tan is undeniably attractive, in the long term, the signs of sun damage are less appealing:
- Premature ageing
- Wrinkling, lines and creasing
- Pigmentation issues e.g. age spots
- Loose, saggy skin
- Poor complexion
Treating Sun Damage
The best treatment for sun damage is of course prevention by avoiding the worst of the sun and using high protection sun factor cream.
However, many of us do push it too far, or accidentally have exposure to the sun.
The good news is that the signs of sun damage can be helped with a range of modern aesthetic medicine treatments.
Botox anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers give superb results in tackling specific lines and creases, while laser IPL and CO2 fractional laser are able to stimulate the skin’s own healing for a clearer, smoother texture.
Sun damage is a very individual issue, so for bespoke advice a consultation with an experienced and skilled aesthetic medicine doctor is the first step forward.
Bristol Skin Consultation
Bristol-based patients can arrange a consultation at Quinn Clinics to discuss their skincare concerns and treatment. Call 0117 924 4592 for an appointment, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.