Soaking up the warm rays of summer is an activity many of us look forward to all year long. But after three months of fun in the sun, your skin may not look as young and healthy as you would like. Even if you have been religious about wearing a good sunscreen product with an SPF of 15 or higher, it’s difficult to escape at least some minimal sun damage by season’s end.
Sun and Premature Aging
Excess sun exposure is proven to cause premature aging. Overtime the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages the fibers in the skin called elastin. When these fibers break down, the skin starts to stretch and lose its elastin. This results in sagging skin, fine lines and wrinkles, as well as dryness and roughness.
Sun and Hyperpigmentation:
The sun’s ultra-violet rays increase the production of melanin (released by cell’s called melanocytes) in the skin. While melanin is a key defense against sun exposure (it protects the skin from DNA photodamage), increased melanin also leads to the appearance of unattractive brown spots These dark patches on the skin are called solar lentigenes, hyperpigmentation, or less formally, sun or age spots. While these discolorations are not cancerous and don’t cause negative effects on your skin health–they create uneven skin tone and make your skin look less bright and dewy–in other words, more aged.
Sun and Rosacea
Excess sun exposure (as well as humid, warm temperatures) is also the leading cause of rosacea, a chronic, inflammatory skin condition. Rosacea causes facial redness, broken capillaries and sometimes pus-filled pustules or bumps. According to the National Rosacea Society, over 16 million Americans suffer from rosacea, which often worsens during the summer months.
Now that the fleeting days of summer are almost over, it’s the perfect time to tackle any skin issues that have arisen. Listed below are three of the most sought after aesthetic skin treatments—Photofacial (IPL), VI Peel and Hydrafacial. Each of these can correct different types of sun damage and even help reverse the skin’s aging process.
Photofacial, or IPL, is a comprehensive treatment using Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to effectively treat a wide range of skin imperfections associated with sun damage and skin aging. These include: brown spots (age spots), vascularity (redness) associated with rosacea, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and rough skin. Photofacials work by focusing a beam of light to a target in the skin such as enlarged vessels and irregular pigmentation. The enlarged vessels and irregularities are removed without scarring or damage to the treated or surrounding area. What’s more, research shows that photofacial treatments can actually help reverse the skin’s aging process by rebuilding collagen and elastin. Photofacials may protect against skin cancer. For optimal skin rejuvenation results, a series of 5 photofacial treatments carried out over the course of several months is recommended.
Developed by Dr. Abdala Kalil, a top LA doctor in aesthetic medicine, the VI Peel is an excellent summer skin RX treatment. The VI peel contains a synergistic blend of powerful ingredients including vitamin C and salicylic acid. It improves the tone, texture and clarity of skin; reduces or eliminates age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma; soften fine lines and wrinkles; clears acne skin conditions; reduce or eliminate acne scars; and stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin. After a VI Peel treatment, you’ll experience radiant younger looking skin in as little as 7 days. For optimal results, a series of 2 peels is recommended.If you prefer less peeling than that associated with the VI Peel, you can try a lighter Glycolic Peel instead.A series of 4-6 glycolic peels carried out over the course of 4-6 weeks will achieve best results. A glycolic peel series can be alternated with Photofacials [see below], for spectacular anti-aging/skin rejuvenation results.
Dried out summer skin? Hydrafacial by Edge is the perfect treatment for skin dryness. This soothing, moisturizing treatment also improves the appearance of fine lines; wrinkles congested or enlarged pores, acne, hyperpigmentation and brown spots. Hydrafacial is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection including a light glycolic peel (7%) all in one treatment. You’ll be amazed by how clear and glowing your skin is after just one treatment.
To determine the best Summer Sun RX for you, make an appointment to meet with one of Bellava’s expert aestheticians today! Call 914-600-5294.