Repair & Possibly Reverse Sun Damage with Obagi Medical Skin Care
Are you worried about hyperpigmentation (brown spots) wrinkles, and dry, leathery skin?
According to the The Skin Cancer Foundation you can repair and possibly even reverse these signs of skin aging, up to 90 percent of which are caused by the sun.
Overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light can also lead to skin cancer and pre-cancers. There are different UV wavelengths. UVB rays are the burning rays that produce pink skin and sunburns. These penetrate at 300 nm. UVA rays are the rays that produce aging and come through clouds or the glass in your home or car. Since UVA rays penetrate 30-40 % deeper and don’t produce a sunburn, some people unaware of these damaging rays are going out in the sun with a UVB sunscreen and no UVA protection. UVA sun damage will show up later. Since sun damage accumulates over time, it’s never too late to start a sun protection regimen. Up to 80% – 90% of sun damage is already done by the time a person is eighteen years old.
Most people know enough to wear sunscreen when the Colorado intense sun is beating down, “Protecting your skin from the sun does not end with the summer months,” says Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, a New York City dermatologist and educational spokesperson for The Skin Cancer Foundation. “By carefully practicing sun protection year-round, you can prevent further sun damage and may even reverse some of the damage already done.”
Use these guidelines to help stop or even reverse sun damage to the skin:
- Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher with UVA and UVB protection. Sunscreen is one of the keys to, younger-looking skin. Using this daily may even lower your long-term risk of skin cancer. Check your sun screen contents for Zinc Oxide for one of the best suncreen protections. Obagi Medical Skin Care SPF 50 with UVA and UVB protection won the award Best Sunscreen by Self Magazine. Wear a hat to further reduce sun exposure.
- Exfoliate. The buildup of stratum corneum (the dead, outermost skin cell layer) can make skin appear blotchy and uneven. Microdermabrasion is useful in leaving skin looking smoother. Chemical Peels also work in making the skin smoother, lighter and brighter. Retin A, such as Obagi Medical Skin Care Tretinoin Crème helps skin exfoliate and look smoother while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
- Lighten the brown spots. Skin lightener does not actually make the skin white; it simply helps to lighten accumulations of unwanted color. The use of Obagi Medical skin care with prescription strength hydroquinone, which inhibits production of melanin, along with , Retin-A* is useful for stubborn brown spots and blotchy brown discoloration. Obagi NuDerm Medical Skin Care has been awarded the Best Skin-Care System sold at a Doctor’s Office for two years in a row by New Beauty Magazine. Why it won: Seriously changes skin, for the better. Laser treatment can also reduce and eliminate sun spots.
- Hydrate your skin. Exposure to sun, wind, low humidity and chlorine can dry out your skin. Try a hand and body cream, and, for the heels, a moisturizing foot cream. Glo Mineral’s Honey Sugar Body Butter with sweet almond oil and Shea butter hydrates the skin and has a sweet aroma of honey sugar. A moisturizer with hyaluronic acid can plump up dry skin, making skin appear less wrinkled. Neocutis makes a product known to doctors as the One Minute complete anti-aging treatment that has vitamins C and E, an anti- oxidant, Human Growth Factors, hyaluronic acid and 30 SPF UVA and UVB protection all in one product.
- Visit your dermatologist. Visit your doctor for regular check- ups for skin cancer.
For more information or a FREE sun damage skin evaluation with a Professional Skin Scope please contact Paula Brady, Paramedical Aesthetician, Certified Laser Specialist in Monument, CO at 719-487-SKIN (7546). The Medical Director of Spa Medica, LLC is Dr. Dennis Kotelko, M.D.