Sun Spots

Sun Damaged Skin: What It Is, And How to Reverse It

How did a tan become the index of health and beauty?

Many link it back to Coco Chanel circa 1920. Her influential status turned her accidental sunburn on a yacht into a fashion movement. But it might have started decades before in the late 1800s. Heliotherapy (sunlight therapy) was growing in popularity as an approved medical treatment for many health issues, including anemia and lupus. Today, sun damaged skin is a leading cosmetic concern. Sun damage on the face and sun spots on our skin can visibly age us more than a wrinkle. (Speaking of wrinkles, sun damage cause up to 90% of the visible changes we see on our skin, including wrinkles.) Sun damage also triggers one of the more stubborn, and more frustrating skincare issues: hyperpigmentation (think dark spots and sun spots). When it comes to eliminating dark spots and sun spots, treatment is more reactive than preventative. This is because sun damage starts long before we see it. Thankfully, dermatologists, cosmetic ingredients, and skincare products for sun damage can target the signs of hyperpigmentation from every angle.

Sun Damage 101: What Is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is deposits of melanin in the skin. Under normal conditions, melanin is what gives your hair and your skin its unique color. Melanin is also triggered by UV light as a defensive mechanism. (Yes, that beloved tan is actually your body protecting itself from damaging UV light). Repeat UV exposure triggers melanin overproduction. This causes increased deposits of pigment into skin and results in sun spots, age spots, and dark spots on skin.

Power Up on Peptides

Peptides are clinically proven to improve the look and feel of skin. And, the discovery of Lumixyl by Stanford University made peptides a power player in the treatment of sun spots on skin. Lumixyl is clinically proven to reduce hyperpigmentation sun spots on skin by safely interrupting the production of melanin at the source. Envy Medical, a leader in the professional treatment of hyperpigmentation, has made this ingredient a cornerstone in its brightening strategy because it’s a safe and effective treatment.

Reach for Retinol

Retinol might be famous for relieving lines and wrinkles, but it’s also making waves for its ability to improve texture and tone. That’s because retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, encourages the skin’s cell renewal process. Why is this effective for dark spots? Because cell renewal is the rate at which new skin cells travel from low levels of the epidermis to the top layer, and ultimately shed from the skin. This rate slows as we age, and retinol helps speed the process back up, exfoliating surface skin to visibly reduce the intensity sun spots and age spots.

Get a Professional’s Help

Non-invasive treatments with professional-grade ingredients can target the surface layers of skin to lessen the appearance of dark spots and age spots. Dermalinfusion is an advanced skin-resurfacing treatment that combines exfoliation, extraction, and infusion of condition-specific serums to reduce sun spots and age spots on the face, neck, chest, and even the arms and legs. Dermalinfusion removes sun damaged skin cells from the surface while simultaneously infusing custom serums (including a brightening serum with Lumixyl) into the skin to treat multi-layers deep. One treatment delivers an instantly noticeable result, and a series of treatments is most effective for taking on stubborn dark spots and sun spots on the face and body. An in-office treatment plan and homecare regimen is the ultimate 1-2 punch against sun damage on the face and the body. Speak to a professional about Dermalinfusion and Lumixyl skincare technologies to see brighter skin.

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