Ideally, we’d all head into cooler weather at summer’s end with perfectly protected, healthy skin. But mistakes do happen, and when your sun protection routine doesn’t go quite according to plan, you might start to notice dark spots, fine lines, and other signs of sun damage around this time of year.
Fortunately, there are several sun damage treatment options that can help you regain your smooth, healthy-looking complexion in plenty of time for holiday photos.
1. Laser Skin Treatments
Laser skin treatments like laser skin resurfacing and broadband light (BBL) therapy are some of the most effective tools for sun-damaged skin. Laser skin resurfacing uses laser energy to gently heat the skin, stimulating collagen regrowth in the deeper layers while simultaneously causing old, dead skin cells on the surface to peel away, being replaced with fresh new skin cells.
Broadband light therapy is another popular light treatment for sun damage. BBL uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to reduce dark spots and freckles caused by sun damage, as well as treat redness and vascular lesions.
Most people see the best results after a series of 3 to 4 BBL or laser skin resurfacing treatments, making now the perfect time to start to see amazing results before the holidays.
Another popular treatment for sun damage, microdermabrasion renews the skin using a crystal-tipped handheld device to gently exfoliate the outermost layer of skin. This process not only removes skin imperfections on the surface but also triggers your skin’s natural cell renewal process, resulting in a smoother, brighter, and more even complexion.
Multiple microdermabrasion treatments, each spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart, typically produce the best results. However, there is no downtime associated with this noninvasive procedure, so you can get right back to your normal routine after your appointment.
3. Chemical Peels
Chemical peels also work to renew the skin by exfoliating the outer layer, using alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid and/or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) like salicylic acid. There are a variety of types and levels of chemical peels available, and the best one for you will depend on your skin type and specific skin care needs. People with sensitive skin, for example, will generally do best with a light chemical peel, while those with more resistant skin may be able to tolerate a heavier peel.
Like other sun damage treatments, chemical peels produce optimal results after a series of treatments.
4. Customized Skin Care
Whether on its own or used in conjunction with other sun damage treatments, a customized skin care regimen can work wonders on dull, lackluster skin caused by too much sun. Ingredients such as retinoids, peptides, and antioxidants can help to revive sun-damaged skin, as well as slow the natural skin aging process. Work with your professional skincare provider to create a customized skin care regimen that best matches your skin type and needs.
Finally, remember to continue wearing a daily SPF, even during fall and winter months, to prevent future sun damage and maintain your results following in-office skin treatments.
For more information about the best treatments for sun damage or to schedule a consultation with one of our skincare professionals, please fill out our online contact form or call our Boca Raton office today at (561) 246-5375.