Our nearly year-round perfect weather makes it essential for taking the right approach toward skincare. Both men and women need to think about a regimen that protects against dangerous UVA and UVB rays, as well as look at solutions for how to address skin that’s already damaged from our plentiful California sunshine.
The best way, of course, to prevent sun damage is stay out of the sun as much as possible. This includes seeking out shade, but also wearing long sleeves even in a warm climate like ours. Always wear a high-quality protective sunscreen, even if you’re just out running errands. Be sure to use a good moisturizer and drink plenty of water as well to ensure your skin is getting all the nourishment it needs.
Destroy the Evidence
If you do notice signs of sun damage on your face, like premature wrinkles and darker pigmented spots, there are a number of options for treatment at our practice in San Diego. Procedures like microdermabrasion and chemical peels aren’t just about helping your skin look better; these nonsurgical approaches actually remove the skin that’s been damaged by the sun, revealing the healthier skin below. For more serious levels of damage, laser skin resurfacing is another option.
When the skin is damaged, it’s at a higher risk for premature signs of aging, as well as more serious concerns like melanoma. Sun-damaged skin typically has an uneven tone, coarser texture and more lines and wrinkles compared to skin that’s been more protected over the years. The right combination of resurfacing treatments can remove this damage so your complexion not only looks better, but is actually healthier.