Skin Care

Why is fall and winter the best time to reverse sun damage?

During the fall and winter, the last thing we are thinking about is sun damage- but now is the perfect time to reverse it. UV rays lead to around 90 percent of the appearance of aging in our skin. Besides wrinkles, the most visual effects of the sun damage are dark spots- freckles, age spots and liver spots.

If you spend a lot of time outside, you may notice your skin becoming more freckled or even prematurely wrinkled. IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments help reverse sun damage so your skin looks healthy and radiant.

IPL treatments work by transmitting light wavelengths through the upper layers of your skin into the deeper tissue. This stimulates the pigment at a deeper level and forces it out of the skin, leaving you with a brighter complexion.

We recommend anywhere form 1-3 treatments depending on severity of the pigment, spaced out 4 weeks a part. These treatments should be done yearly as we are constantly exposed to the UV rays throughout summer or on holidays.

During treatment there will be a bright flash of light from the IPL system that feels like a light elastic sensation. Redness and a slight warming of the skin are normal after treatment and usually subsides within an hour. Over the next 24-48 hours you may see a darkening of pigmented spots; in the week afterwards, the pigmented lesions flake off, leading to an evening out of skin tone.

Sun damage and skin complexion results can be seen a few days after the first session. The skin will continue to look younger and more brilliant over time with most visible results after 1-2 weeks. Having multiple IPL sessions will improve the final result.

Remember that sun damage is not limited to the face but can be found on all areas of the body, like the chest and arms.

Wear your physical sunscreens (Sunscreens containing Zinc and Titanium) to prevent the sun damage and seek out an IPL treatment to reverse it!