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Sun Damaged Skin Treatments and Prevention Tips

After a dark cold winter, summer gives many of us the opportunity to participate in more outdoor activities. Time spent outside can be healthy for the mind and body, but extended sun exposure can wreak havoc on your skin.

sun damaged skinSun damage can easily ruin a once flawless complexion. Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s rays in as little as 15 minutes. It’s also the quickest way to get skin cancer. If you’re heading outside, make sure to consider the following skin care tips:

  • Always, always wear sunscreen – everyday. Also make sure to select a product that contains an SPF of 15 or higher, as well as UVA and UVB protection.
  • Apply sunscreen throughout the day, especially after swimming or sweating.
  • Protect your skin with clothing. Light-colored layers and a wide brimmed hat should be used to shield sensitive areas of your body.
  • Avoid tanning beds and lamps. The UV rays emitted in a traditional tanning bed are just as harmful as the sun’s rays.

Laser Treatments and Sun Damaged Skin

If your skin is already exhibiting signs of damage, there’s still hope. Modern advances in laser technology have made it possible to turn back the clock and eliminate signs of sun damaged skin. Laser resurfacing is an effective way to give you younger, smoother, healthier-looking skin.

Brown spots, wrinkles, and a loss of skin elasticity are all signs of sun damaged skin and can be treated with non-invasive laser and light therapies. In addition to improving the appearance of your skin, laser resurfacing can enhance the overall health of your skin by destroying abnormal growths and cells.

Do you have sun damaged skin? Learn more about laser treatments in Tucson.

Sources: La Jolla Light and Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

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