Sun damage is the culmination of repeated exposure to the sun’s powerful UV rays. UVA rays alter the look and feel of skin, accelerating the aging process and creating discoloration. The result is loss of collagen, wrinkles and discoloration (a.k.a. sun spots, liver spots or old age spots), as well as superficial blood vessels (telangiectasias). Meanwhile, UVB rays (the key source of sunburns) work just as aggressively at damaging the epidermis.

Sunspots (medically known as solar lentigines) are the most common expression of sun damage, and result from an overproduction of melanin as the skin attempts to protect itself from UV light. These flat lesions are tan or brown and appear most frequently on the cheekbones, temples, nose, shoulders, décolleté and hands.

What you can do

  • Practice damage control by applying sun protection every time you go outside, all year long. Use a broad spectrum sunblock with an SPF of 30 and make sure it contains a physical sun block like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Remember to apply sunblock to the scalp (for thinning hair), ears, lips, neck, décolleté and hands. Only five sunburns in your lifetime will more than double your risk of skin cancer at a later age.
  • Skip the tanning bed. Sun lamps and tanning beds emit UVA light which causes skin cancer.
  • Fake it. There is no such thing as a safe tan, so switch to artificial self-tanners and spray tans.

What to avoid

Unprotected exposure to sunlight, especially in the late morning and early afternoon hours (11:00am – 3:00pm)

SKYN Solution

  • Elos Skin Rejuvenation A series of treatments effectively decreases the appearance of sun spots and superficial blood vessels.
  • Clear + Brilliant Fractional laser technology refreshes skin from the inside out.
  • Microdermabrasion MDA This medical-grade exfoliation sloughs away the top layer of skin, helping to improve the superficial appearance of the skin.
  • Zo Stimulator Peel A series of “lunchtime” peels lighten hyperpigmented skin and smooth skin texture.