Are you seeing signs of sun damage like wrinkles, leathery skin and dark spots and wishing you could go back in time for a re-do?
Is it even possible to reverse sun damage?
Well we do know this, 80 percent of visible aging is caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Not by aging itself. Not by stress, one too many glasses of wine or lack of sleep. Those fine lines and age spots? They’re most likely from sun damage.
Despite the fact that we all know that excessive sun exposure can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer and early signs of aging, people love tanning. In fact, one study from 2010 found that people think sun-kissed skin is “hotter” than pale skin.
But how do you get those deep wrinkles and fine lines from the sun? The sun actually produces harmful enzymes in the skin that break down your collagen and elastin fibers, leading to an increase in wrinkles and thinning skin.
So can you actually reverse sun damage to the skin?
While the answer doesn’t seem to be black and white, we have found several treatments that can stop and possibly even reverse the signs of sun damage like dark spots, wrinkles and even collagen production.
For Sun-Damaged Skin:
Chemical peels and microdermabrasion are an ideal course of action right after the summer sun cools down. These peels actually exfoliate the skin so much that it removes the first layer skin. Because you’ll need at least a few days to recover at home, you’ll want to make sure you plan for healing time.
For Skin Discoloration:
High levels of sun exposure can cause excess pigmentation and damage to the skin cells. Fraxel lasers are ideal to use as part of your post-summer skin treatment routine. How does it work? Fraxel lasers punch tiny holes in your skin to create a controlled wound, allowing the skin to heal itself in a more controlled manner, increasing collagen production. The laser improves skin texture and tone and even helps undo precancerous skin cells. Just like a chemical peel, a Fraxel laser treatment will require a little down time.
For Fine Lines and Wrinkles:
Of course, there is nothing better for undoing the signs of aging than to add a collagen supplement to your daily routine. Collagen is an abundant protein that is the foundation of your skin. The older you get, the less collagen your body produces which results in wrinkles and fine lines…however, sun damage can actually stop collagen production which results in those deep wrinkles we all hate.
Pro Tip: Try adding our Collagen|glo drink mix into your daily routine. Clinical studies on our patented peptide show a significant increase in collagen and decrease in wrinkles after just 30 days of daily supplementation!
Sun protection is the key to preventing sun damage.
But you already know that.
Instead of trying to find a way to reverse sun damage that’s already been done, it’s important to focus on prevention. The use of sunscreen (at least SPF 50) plus avoiding harsh rays during peak hours (typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will do the body good.
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