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Can You Actually Reverse Sun Damage? Here's What The Skin Experts Say…

Forever young

Staying in the sun for too long can do a number on your skin. While the idea of soaking up the sunshine with a cold drink and a nice tan sounds amazing, prolonged exposure to sunlight can do some serious damage to your skin. According to 2013 research, UV exposure from the sun alone is responsible for around 80% of visible signs of aging from sagging skin, wrinkles and fine lines to hyperpigmentation (darkened patches or spots on the skin that make skin look uneven). The spots are known as age spots or sun spots. In addition, precancerous lesions or actinic keratosis and cancerous skin lesions may also be a long-term effect of sun damage. With the help of a healthy lifestyle, a beneficial skin care routine and proven facial rejuvenation services , you can help your body through the aging process. You can even slow it down to the point that it looks like you're reversing the physical signs of aging with our help at Defy Nature!

What exactly causes solar damage?

Over time, ultraviolet radiation from the sun degrades the DNA of your skin cells and accelerates the breakdown of collagen, elastin and the supporting structures of your skin which leads to dark spots, wrinkles, sagging skin and other signs of photoaging,

The UVA rays, which have a longer wavelength, are responsible for most of the damage as they can penetrate more deeply into your skin, even through your windows and cloud cover. Even though the UVB rays have a shorter wavelength they have higher energy. According to the American Cancer Society, the UVB’s are the main culprit behind sunburns and can cause the most DNA to your skin. The earlier you address sun damage, the more likely you may be able to reverse some of the possible consequences. .

How to repair sun-damaged skin

The first and foremost step to reversing sun damage is to stop it in its tracks by using sun protection. Sunscreens along with sun protective clothing are the best defense. To be effective, you must use sun protection every day—even when it’s overcast or cold outside, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). The best sun protection that works the quickest and lasts the longest are sunscreens that have mineral physical blockers .

Here are a few other ways to treat some of the reversible signs of photoaging:

Resurface with topical retinol: Retinoids promote cellular turnover and stimulate collagen production which helps improve discoloration, dullness, fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of photoaging.

Defy Nature recommends prescription strength VIDerm Retinoic Serum that targets pigment trapped below the skin’s surface without irritation often common from other Retinol products

To boost antioxidant protection from within, eat foods that are high in antioxidants like blueberries, leafy greens, watermelon, tomatoes, fish and nuts and seeds .

Try a Chemical Peel

Award winning VI Peel treatment from Defy Nature can help eliminate dark spots, acne scarring and improves the appearance of wrinkles and fines by facilitating skin cell turnover. Rejuvenate your skin by removing the upper layer of damage and impurities with little to no down time with their patient favorite VIPeel.

RF Micro Needling

Consider this in-office skin treatment:

Kristin, the Registered Nurse expert injector from Defy Nature strongly recommends their Genius RF Microneedling that stimulates collagen growth from within to improve fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks , aging skin, and acne scars. If you are beginning to find age spots, discoloration, smile lines, and other skin flaws (from aging and sunlight exposure), RF microneedling could be the ideal treatment for you!

Experts at the Defy Nature Medical Spa are proud to introduce the AquaGold Fine Touch Micro needling Rejuvenating Treatment that painlessly delivers custom solutions into the skin and allows treatment of skin imperfections and provides smooth, radiant, tight, rejuvenated, and healthy looking skin. This quick non-invasive facial helps shrink pores, smooth skin, improve superficial acne scarring, brighten the skin and is the perfect “Finishing Touch” after many other procedures. The process is comfortable, and the results last from 2 to 6 months (depending on what solution is used).

Get rid of crow’s feet and expression lines

First, we always assess a client’s needs since every patient is unique, but in most cases, we would treat crow’s feet with an injectable neurotoxin, such as Botox or Xeomin. It’s a simple, virtually painless injection that can be done on a lunch break. It takes effect in about three to five days, and you’ll notice fewer lines and creases in the treated area. And, don’t worry about looking “frozen”—when done properly by an expert injector, you’ll still be able to express and move your face. For more damaged skin that has severe creases, we might suggest a dermal filler.

How Do You Know Which Treatment Is Right for You?

Your journey to reverse sun damage for younger looking skin starts with a consultation. Your practitioner at Defy Nature will assess your skin, listen to your goals and concerns, and recommend the best treatment that’s right for you. We can help you reverse ageing skin and get a brighter, glowing complexion without the expense, downtime, and side effects that come with more invasive cosmetic surgery. Book a consultation today!

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