It seems very unfair… a natural sun-kissed tan makes us look healthy and glowing. And a bit of warmth on our faces simply makes us feel good.
However, the effects of sun exposure on your skin can be ageing and at worst, devastating.
While some of the damage is merely cosmetic, it can of course be more serious and any concerns should be raised as early as possible to ensure quick treatment.
Sun damage accumulates slowly over time, so for many of us, it is risking a lower sun factor protection in our youth or popping out without sunblock early or late season that contributes to sun damage.
Signs of Sun Damage
Signs of sun damage can include:
Premature ageing (lines, wrinkles, loose skin, sagging) – caused by elastosis, the break down of elastic tissue within the skin
Melasma (also known as chloasma or pregnancy mask)
Pre-cancerous and cancerous cell carcinoma and melanoma, caused by loss of the skin’s immune function
Sallowness (yellow pigmentation)
Facial veins/thread veins/spider veins
Dry skin, poor complexion
Rough or “weathered” skin texture
Treatment for Sun Damage
The good news is, modern aesthetic medicine offers a number of treatments which can help to treat and improve even the most sun-damaged skin.
Treatments to Heal and Improve the Skin:
Dermaroller micro-needling, to boost the skin’s own regeneration, promoting collagen production for smoother, tighter skin; while also tackling pigmentation
Skin peels, for intensive exfoliation, erasing fine lines and stimulating the skin’s regeneration