How to Prevent and Correct Sun Damage

Exposure to the sun is one of the primary drivers of aging skin. As the years go by, especially under the hot Arizona sun, a premature breakdown occurs in your skin’s structural fibers and cells. This process is called photoaging, and it can lead to wrinkles, sagging tissue, sun spots, facial veins, and more. 

To fight back against photoaging, we offer a suite of cutting-edge services and products here at At Your Leisure Aesthetics. Under the experienced and expert care of Leah Walker, RN, we can breathe new life into sun-damaged skin using noninvasive or minimally invasive techniques that rejuvenate and refresh your skin.

Despite our highly effective products and services, however, the fact remains that the best anti-aging tool for your skin is protection — meaning, preventing the damage in the first place. With that in mind, here are a few skin protection tips, as well as advice on how to undo some of the damage that’s already done.

Protecting the skin you’re in

Your skin is your largest organ, covering (on average) an amazing 22 square feet. It serves as your body’s first line of defense, shielding you from everything the world can throw at it, including the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Unfortunately, the areas that have been the most exposed to the sun — namely your face, neck, chest, and hands — show the most signs of aging.

So, to avoid wrinkles, age spots, facial veins, and skin cell breakdown, we’re going to lead with the most obvious suggestion — sunscreen. Any time you head outside, it’s a good idea to apply a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. Plenty of cosmetic companies make wonderful body lotions with this SPF built right in, killing two birds with one stone by moisturizing and protecting your skin.

That said, SPF 15 is the minimum you should use, but if you know you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods, we suggest an SPF of 30.

And while sunscreen is a great tool, nothing beats covering up. Wear a hat and cover your body with loose, breathable clothing that lets the air in, but keeps the sun’s UV rays out. 

Finally, take cover when you can, especially during the high-sun hours between 10am and 2pm. A little shade or ducking indoors during this time will save you from considerable sun exposure.

Ultimately, protecting your skin is fairly easy, but it does require vigilance. Repeatedly forgetting your sunscreen or your hat can lead to sunburns, which can cause irreparable damage to your skin. And each sunburn adds up.

Fighting back against sun damage

If our Arizona sun has already damaged your skin, we offer several remedies.

To replenish your skin’s nutrients and give your tissue a boost in resources, we offer skin care products from PCA Skin®. These products cleanse, correct, hydrate, and protect your skin, and all you need to do is use them twice a day for great results.

We also offer chemical peels, which can do wonders for stripping away the outer sun damage on your skin, revealing fresher, more vibrant skin below.

Rounding out our services, we offer cosmetic injectables that can add volume and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on your face.

When you come in, we’ll sit down with you to assess your sun damage. Then, we’ll come up with the best program to undo the damage as well as set your skin on a healthier path moving forward. To get started, simply call our Scottsdale office at (602) 463-2438 or use our easy online scheduling tool.

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