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The 4 Most Effective Ways to Reverse Sun Damage

May 31, 2021

Sun damage is almost impossible to avoid. In fact, most sunburns are caused by incidental exposure1.

Skin damage occurs from overexposure to Ultraviolet (UV) rays emitted by the sun. When UV rays are absorbed into the skin, they can damage the DNA of your skin’s cells, putting you at risk of skin cancer, and also causing visible signs of damage such as lines, wrinkles, depleted collagen, hyper-pigmentation and sun spots2.

So, is it possible to reverse sun damage, and if so, how?

There are four main ways you can effectively repair and possibly even reverse the visible signs of sun damage such as sun spots, pigmentation, depleted collagen and fine lines:

1) Active skincare

Active skincare, doesn’t include your regular cream or lotion. Active skincare is medical-grade skincare which contains active ingredients that work to resurrect healthy skin functions. Vitamins A, B and C, and biomimetic peptides are the key ingredients here.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A, in the correct molecular structure has been clinically proven to stimulate the cell DNA and instigate physiological change to a damaged cell. This causes the next replication of the cell to be a more youthful version of its former damaged self, helping it to rebuild collagen, reduce pigment and reverse scar tissue formation. Our most youthful skin is made when the cells reporduce in their original genetic structures.

We recommend RejuvAus [S1] ABC Repair & Restore Antioxidant Serum as it has Retinaldehyde, one of the strongest non-irritating forms of Vitamin A.

Biomimetic Peptides

Biomimetic (skin identical) peptides with liposome delivery are amino acids that work to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating the skins natural collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production.

Improved production of collagen, elastin and Hyaluronic Acid in the skin can lead to an increase in volume, elasticity and hydration, and it can inhibit glycation (accelerated protein damage). All of this helps to restore youthful function of the skin and reduce some of the fine lines caused by sun damage. For a peptide serum, we recommend RejuvAus [S3] Collagen Peptide Pores & Fine Lines Serum.

Vitamin B 

The sun has the power to dry out our skin almost instantly. Vitamin B is effective in hydrating and conditioning the deeper layers of skin, restoring its suppleness and negating that leathery sun damaged look. Try RejuvAus [S5] Super B Brightening & Hydration Serum.

Vitamin C 

Works to brighten the complexion and fade brown spots caused by sun exposure, helping you achieve a more even skin tone. It also helps your skin synthesise collagen, which can help reduce wrinkles caused by sun damage and dehydration. Try RejuvAus [S4] Super C Pigment & Hydration Serum.

2) Laser Skin Rejuvenation 

Lasers are a fast and effective way to repair and reverse sun damage. There is a wide range of lasers that use different methodologies to reduce pigmentation and visible signs of sun damage. Here are five of the best:

Pico Rejuvenation & Deep Laser Toning (PicoCare Laser)

Pico Rejuvenation & Deep Laser Toning is a treatment that can even your complexion and skin tone by treating concerns such as pigmentation, melasma, coarse pores, acne, moles and birthmarks that are rooted in the deeper layers of the skin without disrupting the skin’s surface.

This laser treatment uses vibrational energy (with very little heat) to break down pigmentation into tiny particles so that your body can remove it naturally.

Surface Rejuvenation Laser Toning (Pastelle laser)
Surface Rejuvenation Laser Toning is a very gentle, non-invasive laser treatment that works by gently heating the deeper layers of the skin using a very short delivery method to shatter pigment, stimulate collagen production and skin refinement without any downtime.

It helps to clear the skin of pigmentation, but it can also improve dull skin and reduce mild redness, acne or large pores.

Deep Rejuvenation Laser Toning (Laser Genesis / Frac 3)
Deep Rejuvenation Laser Toning delivers repeated high energy microsecond high-peak-power pulses to the skin, targeting and heating multiple layers of the dermis and epidermis. By gently heating the upper dermis well below the skin’s surface, Deep Rejuvenation Laser Toning stimulates collagen growth and helps strengthen the skin to reduce redness and vascularity that is sometimes triggered by sun exposure.

It also helps to reduce the appearance of large pores, fine lines, uneven texture and some pigmentation. Deep Rejuvenation can be used on the face or decolletage with no downtime.

Fraxel
Fraxel is an incredible and well-established laser treatment that helps you to remove years of sun damage from your appearance. Fraxel uses a technique called “fractional photothermolysis”, a technology in which thousands of tiny laser columns treat a fraction of the skin without affecting the surrounding tissue. These laser columns accelerate cell turnover and stimulate the production of younger, smoother, healthier skin to replace damaged tissue.

Fraxel can help reduce unwanted sun spots, improve tone and texture, reduce fine lines and reveal fresher, younger-looking skin.

Erbium
A fantastic laser resurfacing peel with a wavelength of 2940nm. It ablates a very fine layer of the skin with each pass helping to resurface skin to reduce wrinkles, acne scarring, pigmentation and for the removal of skin lesions.

Sinon Ruby Laser

This is an ideal treatment for individual, localised sun spots (such as solar lentigos/lentigines). The laser emits a ruby coloured wavelength of light into the skin and essentially cooks unwanted pigmentation trapped in the skin. The skin overtop dries out and heals, revealing your more natural skin tone where a brown spot used to be.

3) Exfoliation

The build-up of stratum corneum (the dead, surface skin cell layer) can make skin appear blotchy and uneven, adding to that leathery sun damaged appearance.1 It also prevents active skincare from absorbing into the deeper dermal layers of the skin where they can begin to heal damaged skin cells. An exfoliating serum with natural AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) can help remove dead skin cells and reveal the healthy, younger skin cells underneath. Try RejuvAus [S6] Clarifying Serum.

4) Skin Lightening products

Yes, there is such a thing! And no these products don’t bleach your face! The pigment-producing cells in your skin (melanocytes) are stimulated by an enzyme called tyrosinase. A potent combination of tyrosinase and melanin inhibitors work to reduce the overstimulation of melanocytes that result in uneven pigmentation. These ingredients can also help to fade existing brown spots by fading pigmentation before it reaches the surface of your skin. We recommend  [S2] Whitening & Brightening Pigment Serum.

 

  1. https://www.sunsmart.com.au/about-sunsmart/media-and-communications/media-releases/2015/new-sunsmart-campaign-warns-uv-exposure-adds-up.html
  2. https://www.skincancer.org/blog/photoaging-what-you-need-to-know/

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