So, you got too greedy with the sun and it’s starting to show. Skin aging can happen to even the most cautious of sun lovers. A wrinkle here, a fine line there. One of the best ways to help prevent premature signs of skin aging is to wear mineral-based sunscreen every day to protect yourself against aging UVA rays. But what if it’s too late for prevention? Are there ways you can reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots?
While there is no solution that will effectively turn back the clock on your skin, there are some treatments that can reduce signs of sun damage. We examine some of the methods dermatologists are helping patients achieve younger-looking skin so you can decide which option might be right for you.
Method #1 – Laser Resurfacing
This sounds like a bad sci-fi term, but it’s one of the most common fixes when it comes to decreasing the appearance of wrinkles, age spots and even acne scars. There are two types of laser treatments: ablative and nonablative.
Ablative laser treatments wound and remove the thin outer layer of skin and heat the layer of skin underneath to force the growth of new collagen fibers. Collagen is a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. By stimulating your skin to make more of it, it’s helping your skin to “bounce back” and reform.
Non Ablative laser treatments do the same thing but without removing layers of skin. This option includes less recovery time.
Method #2 – Prescription Retinoid
So, lasers aren’t your thing. We get it. Although it’s an approved, safe way to turn back the skin clock, the down time and the word “laser” might be putting you off. Dermatologists also offer an at-home way you can do yourself, and that is applying a prescription retinoid.
There are some retinoids available over the counter. However, if you’re looking to get rid of some serious age spots and miniature mountains and valleys, you’ll need a doctor’s recommendation.
Method #3 – Chemical Peel
If you’re looking for a way to peel back the years of damage the sun has done to your skin, you might consider talking to your dermatologist about this option. During a chemical peel, a dermatologist uses acids to raise the acidity of the skin. This helps loosen dead skin calls from new ones, revealing healthier skin.
Depending on what type of peel your dermatologist recommends will determine the amount of prep work you’ll need to do. This could mean following a specific skincare plan for two to four weeks. If you’re undergoing a deep peel, the doctor may put you under anesthesia. You may also have downtime with this option.
Results from a chemical peel depend on the skill of the doctor performing the procedure, so make sure you put your skin in the hands of someone you trust.
Method #4 – Microdermabrasion
They say beauty is pain. But if your dermatologist is doing this correctly, that shouldn’t be the case.
During this procedure, a dermatologist uses a handheld device that gently removes the top layer of skin. This is a process you can also do at home with microdermabrasion kits, although a dermatologist’s treatment goes a little deeper into the skin.
Prevention is Better than Treatment
It’s never too late to start protecting your skin. The earlier you start, the better your skin will look as you age and it all goes back to preventing sun damage. Sun damage tends to accumulate over time. Wearing a broad-spectrum mineral-based sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day (yes, even when it’s cloudy!) can help protect your skin and minimize the signs of premature aging.
A Passion For Skin Protection
Sunscreens will help forge in the searing heat of the Australian summer, and products that provide broad-spectrum protection for sun lovers everywhere.
Purchase from an extensive range of sunscreens that includes mineral-based sensitive skin sunscreen, baby sunscreen, sunscreen for the face and more, to ensure you and your family can enjoy and be protected from the sun.
Thanks for reading. We’ll be back with more hints, tips, and news from the home of effective mineral-based sunscreen. Until then, enjoy the sun and stay safe!