What is Photoaging?

Hint: it’s not an iPhone app that takes a picture of your favorite celebrity and adds 15 years on to them by adding wrinkles, weight, and grey hair. 

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Photoaging is a process of aging of the skin attributed to continuous, long-term exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation – natural or synthetic, on an intrinsically aged skin. Photoaging is also known as aging of the skin of the face, ears, neck and hands, caused by UVA and UVB rays. [Source]

Signs of photoaging:

  • Wrinkles around the eyes
  • Fine lines around the lips
  • Age spots
  • Skin losing elsaticity

 

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Ok, so I was a sun worshipper — is there any way  to reverse photoaging?

Although there is no way to completely erase the damage caused by UV exposure, there are a number of treatments that can take years of sun worshipping out of your appearance. Be sure to check with a professional to see which option is best for your skin type and goals. The treatments listed below are common in reversing photoaging and are often offered in a series for best results.

IPL/Photofacial – ​A top choice for sun-damaged skin, facial veins (capillaries), Rosacea, hyperpigmentation and age spots. Stimulates collagen and elastin production. Completely non-invasive.

Fractional Laser – Fractional Erbium laser treatments rejuvenate your face, neck and decollete.Your skin will look fresher and more healthy and youthful. The laser destroys the skin in thin, tightly spaced columns instead of over broad areas. Results continue to improve for up to a year.

Chemical Peels – A medical peel is a solution designed to peel off layers of skin to allow new, smoother, healthier skin to emerge. They treat the face, neck and hands for a variety of conditions including reducing fine lines, diminishing wrinkles (caused by sun damage, aging and heredity) and diminishing pigmentation conditions such as age spots and dark patches.

Microdermabraision –  Effective in smoothing wrinkles and texture of the skin, Regenique increases hydration, reduces hyperpigmentation, improves acne and scarring, and minimizes edema from surgery or liposuction. Super-hydration with targeted ingredients and a patented silicone treatment mask. It feels like a cat licking your face…and your skin feels like a baby’s butt when you’re done…monthly microdermabraision can make a HUGE difference in fine lines and minor sun damage. You can go right back to work too!

Home Maintenance – Last, but certainly not least – stick to your skin care routine, my friends. Cleanse, tone, moisturize, and protect with a broad spectrum SPF. Exfoliating helps the dead skin cells shed at a more normal rate, making room for new skin cells and hydrating the skin. Hydrating masques also help keep your skin plump and happy. Schedule a consultation with your trusty advisor if you have questions.

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