Don’t be fooled by the title of this article… The first thing you need to know about sun damage is that it is unfortunately irreversible. It is also avoidable and the best treatment is preventing it from happening in the first place. However, with advances in modern aesthetic treatments, there are more and more options to treat the common consequences of over-exposure to the sun.
So back to basics… It is by far better not to over-expose the skin to the sun in the first place. It ages the skin prematurely, raising the prospect of issues from wrinkling to pigmentation as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer. The answer is as simple as staying out of the sun and using high protection mineral sunscreen.
However, having got that off our proverbial chests, we do recognise that realistically, millions of British adults will have over-indulged in sun exposure, especially in a summer which has seen some beautiful sunny days in June and July.
It’s so tempting when the sun is shining to get outdoors and to stay out longer than you should too.
On holiday, people tend to be fairly focused on sun protection and are more inclined to use sun creams to guard against UVA and UVB rays that can damage the skin. The ‘hidden’ risks of sun damage are usually closer to home – basking in the pub garden for an hour or so on a sunny weekend, or simply grabbing half an hour outdoors at lunch – informal, happy occasions but which very often don’t include time for sun cream!
Signs of Sun Damage
Consequences of over-exposure to the sun’s rays can include:
- Premature fine lines and wrinkles
- Freckles or age spots
- Pigmentation issues or hyperpigmentation
- Tired, dehydrated or dry skin
- Poor complexion or texture, lack of radiance
It is very important to watch for any suspicious moles on the skin as melanoma is a highly dangerous form of skin cancer – this could include irregular, fast growing or changing moles or moles with discharge or unusual colouring. Any concerns should be taken to a GP as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis.
Professional Sun Damage Treatment
While prevention is better than cure, it is never too late to treat sun damage and modern aesthetic medicine means that doctors such as London-based Dr Barbara Kubicka MD treat many patients whose skin has been affected by overexposure to the sun.
Dr Kubicka offers a wide range of treatments that can help improve sun damaged skin, including PRP platelet rich plasma and Dermaroller micro-needling. However, she particularly advocates a new approach which she has designed herself, the Exquisite Facial.
The exclusive Exquisite Facial consists of a carefully executed professional sun damage treatment programme which combines two powerful therapies for enhanced results:
- chemical peels – intense, medical grade exfoliation, removing the top dead skin cells to promote cell renewal for a brighter, healthier skin
- IPL treatment – using powerful lasers that work deep within the skin to stimulate production of new collagen. This has a firming and tightening effect
The combination of treatments is important as the two approaches complement each other. The skin’s texture and complexion is visibly improved. The treatment also tackles pigmentation issues which can be hard to reverse with DIY treatments.
After treatment, the following at-home treatments or routines can help to maintain and further improve the condition of the skin:
- Use sunscreen SPF30+ every day, particularly in summer
- Apply moisturiser twice a day
- Refrain from smoking
- Exfoliate, to remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell renewal
- Get plenty of sleep and exercise
- Eat a healthy diet, rich in antioxidants
- Drink water where possible
Dr Barbara Kubicka
Dr Barbara Kubicka MD, CIME/ICAM, MBCAM is a renowned Aesthetic Physician based in West London who has a unique approach to skincare.
Her approach to ‘integrated skin and healthcare’ means that her non-surgical skin treatments are never prescribed nor administered without a review of the patient’s wider health issues. This means understanding their nutrition, hydration and lifestyle – including exercise habits, relaxation and work/life balance. The principle is that taking a holistic view of skincare makes the results even more effective for the client.
The company offer an extensive range of popular skin and innovative treatments for improving the appearance of the skin and tackling specific skin conditions from acne to unsightly veins and even hair loss as well as popular cosmetology facials and cosmetic injections (including fillers and anti-ageing injections). These treatments are carried out personally by Dr Kubicka, who is renowned for her light touch, natural results and warm manner.
For further information or to arrange a confidential consultation, please contact us on 0207 125 0521 or email [email protected]
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Address: Clinicbe, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 0EH