In newmarket, it feels like summer comes a little later every year. But now, summer is here and in full swing. With the Riverwalk, splash pad, and another festival seemingly every weekend, there are a whole lot of ways to enjoy the sun.
But with the summer, there are more concerns than just getting beach body-ready. As much as we love the summertime, it also comes with a risk of sun damage. And that damage can wreak some serious havoc on the skin.
Effects of Sun Damage on Ageing
Some of the most apparent signs of ageing skin can be caused by sun damage. The sun’s UV rays can cause the most common visible signs of ageing in the face. Sun damage can cause:
- Loss of firmness of skin tissue
- Uneven skin
In The Science and Theory behind Facial Aging, researchers studied the effects of sun exposure on ageing. The paper found that a significant difference in sun exposure can cause identical twins to look completely different ages. In some instances, looking as much as 11 years older.
This highlights the severe effects, the sun can have on your visible ageing. These effects are especially pronounced in women.
How To Avoid Sun Damaged Skin in Ontario
You don’t need to live like a vampire to stay safe from sun damage. You can enjoy patios, cottages, and boat rides all you want if you take the right precautions. This will help keep you safe while slowing the ageing process. A few simple tips include:
- Wear Sunscreen
- Wear a Hat
- UV Resistant Clothing
- Staying out of the Sun during peak periods
While most people have been using sunscreen their whole lives, many haven’t been using it properly. To get proper protection, you should apply it 30 min before sun exposure. As well, you should reapply every 2 hours and after coming out of the water. Look for a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher.
Don’t worry you can still get a tan, even with sunscreen. It happens at a somewhat slower rate, but it’s worth it to avoid the appearance of ageing skin.
Picking the right outfit can help you stay fashionable while being sun-smart. A summer hat with a wide brim is a trendy style that can limit your exposure to UV rays. It protects easy to burn areas like the back of your neck and protects your face from sun damage. Your face shows the most obvious signs of ageing, so it’s the top priority.
As well, there is a wide variety of UV resistant clothing. These are ideal for long periods of sun exposure such as boating or gardening. It’s available in lightweight, breathable materials so even long sleeve shirts are comfortable in the summer heat.
Avoid Peak Periods
No one wants to stay cooped up inside on a sunny day. But during peak periods the risk of sun-damaged skin is elevated. Usually, this is around the noon hour while the sun is at its height. Try and grab some shade, or hop inside to enjoy the A/C.
Treatments for Sun Damaged Skin
The best skin treatments for sun damage depend on the type of damage done. For instance, the best way to remove sunspots is cosmetic laster therapy. BBL lasers can reverse damage, retraining skin cells to act young.
For other types of sun damage, there are a variety of options. Laser resurfacing can be beneficial, smoothing the skin and reducing fine lines. As well, a chemical peel can help resolve several types of sun damage.
When seeking out treatments for sun-damaged skin, you should always see a professional.
Why You Should See A Plastic Surgeon Instead of At-Home Exfoliants
Unsurprisingly, a plastic surgeon is able to get better results than at-home treatments. They go through all that schooling for a reason! They are better able to identify the issues and respond with the right solution. As well, they have access to more powerful and effective treatments than you can get over the counter.
The quality, safety, and effectiveness of treatment are all better under the care of a plastic surgeon. But that’s not the only reason to seek a professional for sun damage.
When you see a plastic surgeon, they don’t just look at the problem, they look for the cause. As such, they can help to determine if there is another medical issue that the skin damage is indicative of. For instance, skin cancer is often related to sun damage. The best chance at recovery is an early diagnosis.
So any time you have sun damage, it’s worth seeking a professional.
Remove Sunspots & Reverse Sun Damaged Skin in Newmarket
Newmarket’s Plastic Surgery Skincare Clinic provides a number of high-tech, non-invasive options for repairing sun-damaged skin. Our expert plastic surgeons can assess your skin and your goals to help you achieve the results you desire.
Contact us today for a consultation.