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5 Facts about Sun Spots

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5 Facts about Sun Spots

There a few truths about sun spots, like how you don’t want them and the best way to prevent them is by wearing sunscreen. There are other truths you may now be aware about, so here are 5 other facts you need to know to prevent and treat these spots.

  1. Sun spots are a common skin condition usually found on sun exposed areas like the face, backs of hands and forearms. You can catch them before they surface by using a brightening complex and exfoliating once a week. However, if they have surfaced, it’s better to treat them sooner than later. Your best bet is to begin using retinol at night within six months of seeing a sun spot or using BBL to effectively remove them with a single treatment.
  2. Sunspots are not cancerous; however, they can turn into skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).
  3. Sun spots effect people with fair skin more than people with dark skin. In fact, more than 90 percent of light-skinned people over the age of 60 have sun-related age spots [source: Mayo Clinic].
  4. Sunspots are not freckles. They  may look similar but are two different things. The best way to determine if you have sunspots is to see your doctor.
  5. Sunspots are caused by direct, prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays or from artificial sources of ultraviolet rays, like from a tanning bed.

Goodbye Summer, Goodbye Sun Damage!

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Summer is definitely over and the days of enjoying the sun are long behind us. Now, you may be looking at the mirror examining your skin wondering if you have any sun damage at all. Even with sunscreen applied everywhere, you could still have plenty of sun damage left over from your youth – remember squirming from your mom when she tried to apply a coat of sunblock?

This damage is caused by the sun giving off invisible rays of ultraviolet light, Ultraviolet B (UVB) and Ultraviolet A (UVA), that are absorbed by your skin, as shown in this diagram, “UV Radiation and the Skin”.

Both cause lasting damage. UV radiation alters the actual DNA of your skin cells causing lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and eventually skin cancer.

So, it’s time to stop the process at each layer. You can reverse it with the following treatments.used individually or in combination:

reverse-sun-damage-treatment-skin-layers1 – CHEMICAL PEEL – Exfoliate sun damaged skin and remove pigment spots residing deeper in the skin. Chemical peels work by penetrating through the skin’s layers and exfoliating sun-damaged, thickened surface skin while removing sun spots and stimulating collagen production for firmer skin. Chemical peels are very effective in renewing the skin’s texture because they remove unwanted dead skin cells, and allow fresh skin to the surface. Depth of penetration (and effect) depends on strength of the peel selected. The result is a tighter, brighter skin with smaller pores and fewer wrinkles.

2 – BBL – Remove redness, unwanted blood vessels, and sun spots.
BBL (Broad Band Light Therapy) exposes sun damaged skin to pulses of light energy that stimulate collagen and elastin fibers. It eliminates fine vessels that cause redness and reduces unwanted pigment collections / spots. BBL is a “no downtime” procedure that will even-out you skin tone and tighten pores, restoring your skin to its naturally beautiful state, making it more vibrant and youthful in appearance and feel.

3 – MICRODERMABRASION – Remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells.
Microdermabrasion works on the most superficial skin layer in restoring sun damaged skin to its natural beauty by removing the top layer of dead skin cells. It can be used on its’ own for a mild effect with no down time, or after BBL or a chemical peel to remove residual pigment or flakes of skin debris which clog the pores and create a dull appearance. Microdermabrasion will make your skin will look and feel smoother, more radiant, and rejuvenated.

4 – SKIN CARE PRODUCTS – Use skin care products with retinol and antioxidant capsules.

Retinol is vitamin A in its purest form which is essential to the maintenance of vibrant healthy skin. It rapidly revitalizes the appearance of sun-damaged and aged skin by increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen synthesis.

Antioxidant capsules, such as Alryia’s line of capsules, contain 10% Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) which is a powerful antioxidant that will slow down skin aging by inactivating free radicals generated by UV light and metabolism. This will diminish signs of aging and help protect against UV damage. It is also required for collagen synthesis, making it an essential component needed for skin’s repair and maintenance activities READ MORE

Reversing the Signs of Sun Damage

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If there’s one thing Vancouverites love, it’s the sun. The general consensus is that we all hate rainy days and rejoice in the long awaited summer season. But summer isn’t all fun and games when it comes to your skin—too much exposure can cause sun damage that can have long lasting effects. Not to worry though, you don’t have to give up your fun in the sun to prevent, or even reverse, these unwelcome effects. Just keep in mind these tips and you can enjoy your sunny days guilt-free:

Wear Sunscreen

Although most people know enough to wear sunscreen when the sun is out, practicing sun protection year-round can actually prevent further sun damage and may reverse some of the damage that has already occured. Remember to wear sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, as this is one of the keys to healthy, youthful-looking skin.

Exfoliate

The accumulation of the dead, outermost layer of the skin can make it appear dappled and uneven. Exfoliation dissolves these dead skin cells, leaving your skin smoother, brighter, and more radiant.

Use Products with Skin Lighteners

Get rid of brown splotches with products commonly referred to as “skin bleach” – a term that encompasses a number of products which either inhibit or slow down the production of pigment in your skin. The end effect of using these products is lightening of the brown sun spots by stopping the skin’s uneven production of melanin (brown pigment) which your skin produces in response to sun exposure.

Get your Antioxidants

Hydrate and arm yourself with antioxidants. Antioxidants will neutralize free radicals thus protecting skin’s cells from cancer while also diminishing the collagen and elastin degradation by free radicals. Collagen loss is largely responsible for formation of wrinkles and age-related degradation and sagging of skin.

Phototherapy

Visit a professional and learn about your options, such as BBL Photorejuvenation. BBL is a noninvasive cosmetic rejuvenation procedure used to reduce or remove the unwanted effects of aging and sun exposure. It also shrinks the size of pores and the appearance of tiny, superficial blood vessels, thus improving skin tone and uniformity of color, leaving your skin looking more radiant and smooth.