Skin damage and premature aging are things we are all fighting against.
Aside from sugar consumption and smoking, the sun is the biggest cause of premature aging.
This is due to the fact that the sun radiates ultraviolet light, also known as UV rays.
The two types of UV rays that are important for your skin are UVA and UVB rays.
While both damaging, they work in slightly different ways.
UV B rays are responsible for what we typically associate with sunlight: sunburns and redness.
UV A rays go deeper into the skin and cause signs of aging such as wrinkles and skin pigmentation.
There are a number of actions you can take to help protect your skin, though.
If your skin is already damaged, though, you should consider a microdermabrasion treatment to reverse Sun damage.
Steps for Preventing Sun Damage
While the most obvious way to avoid Sun damage is to avoid the Sun entirely, most of us need to go outside eventually.
The next best option is to avoid the sun when it’s at its strongest, between the hours of noon and 4pm.
While out, the best practice is to seek shade, but if you must be exposed to the sun’s rays, sunscreen is the best choice.
The most effective type of sunscreen is ‘Broad Spectrum’ as it offers protection against 90% of UV rays.
There are two things to keep in mind when using sunscreen:
Use more than you think you need (you should use at least 1/4 teaspoon or more on just your face!), and make sure to reapply every 2 hours (or immediately after contact with water).
If you’ve been less than diligent with the above, the next steps to take are for repairing sun-damaged skin.
A proper skincare routine for sun-damaged skin should include three main components: Vitamin C, Retinol, and Alpha Hydroxyl Acids.
Vitamin C, along with antioxidants, help boost the protective properties of sunscreen.
Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, is key for increased cellular regeneration and helps general skin rejuvenation.
Finally, Alpha Hydroxyl Acids exfoliate the skin to uncover the smooth, fresh layers beneath.
While there are numerous anti-aging treatments available, two of the most common for sun damage are microdermabrasion and LED light therapy.
For those of us who prefer doing things professionally, these are good options.
Microdermabrasion aids with anti-aging by physically removing dead cells from your skin, revealing smoother and even skin below.
The main benefits of microdermabrasion are focused-area treatments (target exactly where you need the most care) and very little recovery time.
It’s also very gentle, to boot.
LED light therapy uses helpful rays to prevent signs of aging.
By penetrating deep into the epidermis, LED rays work to slow signs of aging like uneven tone and sunspots, and also has the added benefit of helping with mental clarity.
The three types of light you should be looking for in your LED light therapy are:
red (for boosting collagen levels), infrared (for the most penetration and boosting other LED rays), and amber (for calming inflamed skin).
None of this is to scare you away from enjoying your time outside.
Just make sure you are wearing (and reapplying!) your sunscreen and wearing protective clothing to maximize your sun protection.
Contact Jiva Spa Toronto
Is your skin beginning to show the signs of aging from too much fun in the Sun?
If so, we can help.
Call us today to book an appointment to talk with one of our established skincare specialists.
We’ll help you understand your options based on your skin type and come up with a plan that suits your needs.
Call us today, and take your first step toward beautiful, radiant, youthful skin.
Jiva Spa is a health and beauty spa, conveniently located in the heart of The Annex in Toronto. Specialising in anti-aging, acne, facials, aesthetics, and medi-spa services.Contact Jiva Spa.
390 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON M5S 1X4