May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month – an important opportunity for you to assess your skincare and ensure that you’re taking all of the necessary steps to prevent sun damage. It’s common knowledge that harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun can have some nasty consequences for your skin if you fail to protect yourself.
The Effects Of Sun Damage
Aside from some unpleasant changes to your skin, sun damage can lead to life-threatening skin cancer, which is the 5th most common cancer in the UK with almost 17,000 new cases annually. Basal cell and squamous cell cancers can occur as a result of cumulative sun exposure, while melanomas can appear later in life following severe sunburn at an early age.
If you notice any changes in existing moles, such as their size, shape, colour and texture, you should seek medical advice. This is also the case if you notice the appearance of new lesions. In most cases, these blemishes will be harmless and pose only a superficial impact on your wellbeing. Things like moles, freckles, sun spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation can take their toll on your confidence and your mental health.
Sun damage also increases the risk of premature skin ageing, triggering the early onset of issues such as laxity, dryness, wrinkles and fine lines, but there are treatment options available. The best thing you can do to protect your skin from UV damage is to make a habit of wearing hats, keep out of the sun as best you can between 11am and 3pm, while also applying a daily SPF of 30 or above, even in the winter months. Don’t rely on shade or overcast days as UV rays can still penetrate the clouds.
IPL Treatment At Christopher Maerevoet
Once we’ve ruled out anything sinister in relation to your blemishes, we can start to formulate a personalised sun damaged skin treatment plan that will restore a more youthful, even skin tone. At the Christopher Maerevoet Clinic, we offer a number of antiageing IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments that work to revitalise the skin so that you can look and feel your best.
Our experts can effectively treat a number of pigmentation concerns that may have arisen as a result of sun damage, such as sun spots. We do this through state-of-the-art IPL technology from Energist VPL. The melanin in your skin absorbs the light and heat energy, causing them to break down into smaller particles that can then be disposed of naturally by the body.
This same technology can also be used to stimulate collagen production for a long-term reduction to fine lines and wrinkles as well as an overall smoother texture to the skin. Collagen proteins deplete over time, but they are a key component to maintaining youthful skin. Both of these fantastic treatments are competitively priced, and you’ll get your 6th session free when you book a course of 5!
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