Summer time is here which means more time outdoors soaking up the sunshine and showing off your radiant skin. Sunshine is great for the soul but it can also take its toll on our skin. It is important to be conscious of the aging effects from sun exposure, which can include everything from wrinkles and sun spots to more serious health issues like melanoma.
But skin care concerns shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the summer! With the right preventative measures we can limit these aging effects and still get a great tan. We all know to use sunscreen but it’s important to get the most from your efforts.
Sun screen can dramatically reduce the effects of photoaging caused by UV radiation. It is extremely important to apply and reapply sunscreen when you expect to be in the sun for an extended amount of time. But aside from the obvious times like a trip to the beach, a recent study has shown that daily application of sunscreen, especially to the face and hands, can reduce the signs of aging by 24%.
SPF or Sun Protection Factor ratings are commonly misunderstood. SPF measures what percentage of UV rays the sunscreen filters out; the higher the SPF, the more harmful rays eliminated. Although it seems like simple logic, a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 is not twice as protective as one with a SPF of 15. It is best to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 SPF on the face and neck as these areas absorb the most damaging UV rays.
However, despite how diligent we are about sun protection, our skin takes daily abuse from the sun causing age spots, broken veins (also known as spider veins), and wrinkles.
Intense Pulses Light Photofacial or IPL treatment can be implemented as a preventative or maintenance method to combat this sun damage and give you a younger appearance. IPL Photofacial treatment penetrates the top layers of skin to help start the production of new collagens that results in clearer and firmer skin. Better yet, Intense Pulses Light Photofacial treatment can be used in conjunction with other skin care therapies such as microdermabrasion and laser skin tightening treatments. The best results are seen after at least three treatments approximately one month apart as is a much safer and affordable alternative to plastic surgery.
So go enjoy the sun this summer with confidence knowing that Your Laser Skin Care is here to help!
For more information on having your most radiant skin call us at 323 525 1516 to schedule you Skin Care Consultation today.