Preventing sun damage is crucial for maintaining healthy, beautiful skin and reducing your risk of sunburn, premature aging and skin cancer. While you can’t avoid the sun all summer, you can take steps to protect your gorgeous glow from harm as well as reverse existing damage. From broad-spectrum sunscreens to advanced skin rejuvenation, the AVIE! team has got you covered!
Steps to prevent sun damage
Practicing optimal sun protection is a year-round affair, not just during the summer months. Incorporating these steps into your daily routine can help significantly reduce your chances of sun damage and promote clearer, more radiant skin:
● Wear sunscreen
Applying a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen with an SPF of 30+ every day is one of the best ways to protect your skin against sun damage. Unlike chemical sunscreens which absorb ultraviolet (UV) radiation, physical sunscreens sit on top of the skin and block UV rays at the surface. Choose a formula that works best for your skin type and apply it to all areas of exposed skin before you leave the house. It is also helpful to keep a travel-size sunscreen with you so you can reapply throughout the day — every two hours or more frequently if you’re sweating or swimming.
● Wear protective clothing
Covering your skin and eyes with lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants, a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses goes a long way in protecting your entire body from the sun’s harmful rays. But not all clothing is created equally. For optimal UV protection, choose thick fabrics and dark or bright colors.
● Seek shade
Checking the UV index is a great way to gauge when the sun’s rays are at their strongest so you can seek shade and minimize direct sun exposure. Peak hours of sunlight, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., are the most important times to stay shaded under a tree, pavilion, umbrella or other protective covering.
● Avoid tanning beds
Just like tanning outdoors under the sun, tanning beds emit UVA/UVB radiation which can damage your skin. It is best to avoid these tanning practices altogether and instead use a sunless tanner to emulate a sun-kissed glow.
Ways to restore sun-damaged skin
If you’re noticing more and more sunspots, brown spots and areas of hyperpigmentation, it’s likely all those hours baking in the sun have caught up to you. However, these tell-tale signs of sun damage don’t have to be permanent. At AVIE!, we offer a range of state-of-the-art skin rejuvenation treatments and products designed to target and treat pigmentation in the skin, including:
● Moxi® laser skin resurfacing
Suitable for all skin types, any time of year, Moxi fractionated laser delivers tailored improvements to the tone and texture of your skin with little to no downtime, treating common concerns such as uneven pigmentation and light sun damage.
● VirtueRF microneedling
Combining microneedling with potent radiofrequency (RF) energy and LED light, VirtueRF promotes the remodeling of elastin and collagen to help improve overall skin tone and texture without downtime.
• Medical-grade skin care
Using skin care products that suppress the tyrosine enzyme, such as SkinMedica® Even & Correct Advanced Brightening Treatment, Alastin® A-Luminate Brightening Serum™ and AnteAGE® Brightener Daily Gel Cream, can help minimize the appearance of discoloration.
● BBL® HERO™ photofacial
Using broad-spectrum visible and infrared light, BBL HERO selectively heats layers of the skin to stimulate a natural healing response while clearing away sun damage, age spots, sunspots and more on the face and body. This treatment is best done in the fall and winter months.