While everyone admires the healthy glow of a suntan, and mainstream media extols that “look”, the truth is that tanned skin is really damaged skin. Years and years of sun exposure, including deliberate sun tanning, will inevitably lead to wrinkles, age spots, and perhaps even skin cancer.
Simple as it may seem, the best thing is to avoid the sun. That means avoiding direct exposure in the morning and early afternoon when the sun strongest. It’s also important to protect oneself, with proper clothing, a sun hat, and some form of sunscreen (for protection against UV rays).
Ultraviolet rays from the sun include both UVA and UVB. The UVA rays are responsible for aging and wrinkles (and contributing to skin cancer). The UVB rays cause sunburn and also contribute to skin cancer. Clearly, those living in sunnier climes need to be more protective and careful.
Today, with so much focus on looking youthful, it seems counterintuitive to overdo sun exposure if there’s potential for signs of early aging. But once the damage is done, there are some realistic anti-aging treatments that can be helpful. They are safer today, and with far less recovery time.
What’s most important is to seek expert advice from a skin care clinic that is reliable. Price deals and discount specials aren’t always ideal, especially if quality is going to be compromised. The best option is a clinic where in-house experts recommend and advise what’s best for the client.
Chemical peels are a popular anti-aging treatment, very much preferred over surgery. Using an acid-based solution, treatments can be applied to the face, neck, and hands. Several treatments are needed, and depending on the scope of treatment, there is some recovery time required.
Intense Pulsed Light
IPL makes use of light-waves in treating sun-damaged skin and wrinkles. The process causes the old skin to shed away, allowing for newer skin to materialize. Like many procedures, IPL requires expert oversight, and may take a dozen treatments to realize noticeable, rejuvenating results.
Collagen treatments make use of collagen to restore the skin’s natural protein. Although this is a non-surgical treatment, the collagen is injected directly into the skin. A topical anesthetic is often used during the treatment process, and results are immediate (sometimes lasting for 6 months).
Gentle LED Waves
Gentle LED Waves are quite a recent anti-aging treatment. Light emitting diodes (LED) stimulate collagen production in the skin, without any pain. Suitable for all skin types, there is no after-care required, although 4 - 8 treatments are needed in order to see noticeable, long term, results.
At IGBeauty Studio, a number of anti-aging treatments are offered to reverse the harmful effects of sun damage. Young or old, clients are in good hands, with expert skin care, from the first visit. In-house clinicians can offer advice on treatments and skin products that best suit the need. For more information call 416-484-4884 or visit the website at www.igbeauty.com.