If you could go back to your 20-something self, would you hand yourself a bottle of sunscreen? Or would you stay away from the tanning booth? UV rays are what leave us looking bronzed after a day at the beach or an hour in the tanning bed. There’s nothing like going back to work with a healthy glow: You look younger and feel refreshed. Despite these positives, constant sun exposure has some drawbacks.
UV exposure can be too much of a good thing
Too much exposure to UV light can cause skin damage. When you get a lobster-red sunburn, UV rays are responsible, Cancer Research UK noted. However, UV rays can also cause long-term damage. How? UV rays can cause skin to look older by breaking down collagen, according to the New York Daily News. Boosting collagen keeps the skin on your face, neck and hands looking plump and young. When it starts to break down, it can cause skin to look droopier and older as a result. As you get older, your skin can also get thinner, which can make you look and feel older. Luckily, there are non-invasive procedures that can help your body naturally produce more collagen.
Photofacials can reverse sun damage
In order to look younger or reverse the signs of aging, you can try a photofacial. The procedure uses broadband light to remove damage from the skin. Beauty writer Sarah Wu noted that broadband light breaks up melanin, which causes dark spots and excess redness. The added benefit of this non-invasive procedure is the agitation causes your skin to boost its own production of collagen, a process that continues in the days following the procedure. It may take several visits to remove dark spots, but once they’re gone, they’re gone. A photofacial from Ideal Image also involves no recovery time: within an hour, you can go back to work.
You can stop additional sun damage from wreaking havoc on your skin. Apply sunscreen daily or find a tinted moisturizer that offers at least 30 SPF. To undo UV damage and turn back the clock, come into Ideal Image for a photofacial. This procedure uses broadband light to break up sun spots, making skin look brighter and younger. Schedule a consultation today to learn how BBL™ Skin Therapy can fix UV light damage.