All About Sun Damage: Can It Be Reversed?

by Christy Hall August 11, 2020

All About Sun Damage: Can It Be Reversed?

No matter where you live, chances are you’re seeing the sun at some point. Whether you’re at the beach, hiking in the desert, playing at the park with the kids, or even just driving in your car, your skin is feeling the effects and sun damage is happening! Over time, a lack of taking care of your skin and not being diligent with your spf, suncare and skincare regimen WILL catch up to you. So, with that being said, the first question a lot of my patients ask when they come in is one you may too….

Can it be undone?

No matter your age and no matter how many years of sun damage you have, there is still hope!!! You CAN reverse damage and it is never too late! Simple things such as applying a daily sunscreen to your face, neck chest, forearms and hands can make a world of difference. Remember the sun is the strongest between 10am and 4pm, so try to abstain from being outdoors each and every day during the time of days where the rays are at their peak strength.

Pass the Sunscreen!

Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! This one I just can’t say enough. One of my favorite sunscreen lines isElta MD. While protecting you from the sun, the active ingredients in Elta sunscreens are also calming and protecting sensitive skin types prone to discoloration and breakouts associated to acne and rosacea. It contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for UVA and UVB protection and the antioxidant quercetin to help prevent free radical damage. 

But, just what is sun damage? Also known as photo aging

The medical term for these changes is “photoaging”. That is another buzzword used in skincare today. I’m sure you have heard it a bunch. Simply put, it is referring to sun damaged skin and premature aging. Over time, you will start to see uneven skin tone with brown spots, redness and broken blood vessels. You may even notice dry patches of skin call actinic keratoses which are pre-cancers.  The best thing to do is cover up and wear SPF with zinc oxide for protection. Skip the sunburn and enjoy the summer.

Sun spots? Or Brown spots? Aging face? Too many wrinkles?

I have patients coming in all the time asking if certain skin care lines and ingredients will be their holy grail and cure them of their current skin woes. The short answer is yes, but a lot of the times, you may need more than a good skin care line to see the results you really will be happy about. Here are a few of the most common skincare concerns and how to treat them:

Why use Vitamin A?

When it comes to reversing sun damage, no skin care ingredient is better than retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A. It does everything from smoothing fine lines and fading dark spots to making pores look smaller. Make sure you look for Vitamin A in the form of retinaldehyde, Retinal or retinoic acid as an active ingredient- that way you know you’re buying a product that works!!  Retinol and retinyl ester are the least effective.Mikel Kristi Vital A Rejuvenating Serum

Benefits of Lasers

So, you have tried everything but you’re still not totally pleased with how your skin is looking? Maybe it’s time for lasers!

Laser skin resurfacing is an excellent tool for reversing the effects of sun exposure. Neogen Nitrogen Plasma Resurfacing or Halo laser therapy that help reverse the visible effects of aging without prolonged downtime. These treatments minimize fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and sun spots.

WhyMikel Kristi Vital A Rejuvenating Serum for sun damage?

Mikel Kristi’s Vital A serum is a fabulous option in your quest for great summer skin. Here is a little more on one of our favorite and most popular products.

Vital A Rejuvenating Serum - This night time serum is the perfect way to partner with the aging process. With a patented vitamin A Retinaldehyde complex that converts into retinoic acid, this synergistic blend of Vitamin A, Niacinamide, and an antioxidant charged skin lightening compound, will transform the look and feel of aging skin while enhancing the skin’s natural renewal process.

Suitable for: All skin types, combination, oily, normal, dry, and mature skin

Solutions for: Balance, optimal skin health, anti-aging, healthy skin function, refining, renewing, reviving, protecting and preventing, boosts collagen, fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, acne, pore minimizing, anti-inflammatory, aids in healing, exfoliating, promotes cellular turnover, calming, soothing, rejuvenating, fine lines, wrinkles.

Want to make your regimen even more effective? 

Add in ourVital C Repair Serum. This supercharged serum of bio-available Vitamin C is packed with powerful actives, nurturing antioxidants, essential nutrients, and our unique brightening ingredients, all working synergistically to help brighten, firm, smooth, improve skin tone and texture and help reduce the signs of photo-aging. The light weight formula easily sinks into the skin, delivering nourishing benefits while helping to visibly improve skin health and radiance.

Suitable for: All skin types, Normal, Combination, Dry, Oily, Sensitive, and Mature Skin.

Solutions for:Anti-Aging, Brightening, Uneven Skin Tone, Dullness and Uneven Texture, Smoothing, Loss of Firmness and Elasticity, Hydration, Moisture, Sensitive Skin, Protection, Renewal, Rejuvenation, Refining, Fine lines, Deep Wrinkles, Collagen Boosting.

And right now, click here for 10 % off this dynamic duo! Enter codeMKVITAC at checkout!

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