Sun damaged skin is one of the most common skin complaints we see. While some sunlight is healthy and triggers the production of Vitamin D, overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can also speed up the skin’s ageing process. This is often known as “photoaging”.
Too much sun, especially over prolonged periods, weakens the skin’s structural fibres (collagen and elastin) and depletes it of its lubricating oils. This makes the skin susceptible to sagging, dryness and bruising, and leads to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. You may also experience uneven skin tones, created by permanent changes in the skin’s blood vessels.
Sun damaged skin can also enhance the appearance of age spots on your face, hands and upper body. Perhaps more seriously, UV rays sometimes produce rough, scaly patches on the skin known as actinic keratosis. These typically carry a pink, yellow or brownish tint, and often show up on the face, neck and hands. In these instances, they should be inspected by a doctor as they can sometimes develop into a form of skin cancer if not treated.
Wearing a sun factor of at least SPF30 is essential for providing protection against sunburn and reducing the risk of skin cancer. However, if you are looking to reverse any of the cosmetic conditions caused by sun damage, then we have a number of effective treatments for you. In the first instance, we recommend you speak to one of our qualified skin experts so they can appraise your situation and advise you further.