Tuesday, July 9, 2013
How To Repair Sun Damaged Skin [Sponsored Post]
since it is summer let's take a minute to discuss sun damage. if you are a frequent reader of Blushing Basics you know i am constantly preaching the use of sunscreen and how you must wear it daily. i'm talking all day erry day!
but let's be honest, i know we all have our moments and perhaps our hours spent in the tanning beds during high school are starting to manifest themselves in sunspots and pigment damage on our skin. now the question is, how do you fix that?
there are several options to reverse UV damage. the first is a mild approach through skin care. there are products on the market that help to improve the melanin (the stuff in your skin that causes pigment) and even out your skin tone. purchasing an over the counter product that makes these types of promises usually results in little to no changes. products that are prepared under prescription regulations (hydroquinone is a popular example) are more effective in lightening the darkened pigment caused by sun damage. normally products that promise this can sometimes work, but often very slowly and skin damage is quick to reappear. almost like an oil slick that is painted over. the oil always leaks back through.
your second option is a little more intense but definitely more effective and that is through photo facial for sun damage . photo facial is a non-invasive laser light technology that provides results for those with sun damaged skin.
one such treatment would be IPL treatments. IPL, also known as Intense Pulse Light is a non-ablative laser (meaning it won't visibly wound the skin) that has been designed to seek out specific pigments in the skin. this could be darkness, redness, acne scarring or discolored patches. the treatment itself feels like a rubber band snap to the skin making it not completely painless, but definitely tolerable. this type of treatment can bring immediate results although a series of treatments is typically recommended.
in my former life (i.e. before marriage) i worked as an esthetician at a Plastic Surgeon's office and had a lot of experience working with photo facial equipment. i can assure you that photo facials are highly effective in treating sun damage, hyper-pigmentation, Rosacea and vascular imperfections.
yes, i have actually tried it. it works.
knowing where to begin and which office to choose is a matter of some research, but well worth the time and investment. you will want to look for accredited facilities that provide care under the supervision of a physician. though this treatment can be done by a skilled technician, we are talking lasers to the face, and that is something that should not be taken lightly! in addition to that it is important to have licensed estheticians who administering the treatments. any laser center that offers both a physician and licensed esthetician is a good place to start your search.
Posted by Kristie Burnett