SUN DAMAGED SKIN
Sun damaged skin is extremely common in workers who are based outdoors – even when Sun Smart protocols are in place.
Most sunscreens protect the skin from UVB rays – these are the rays that cause redness and peeling – the typical signs of sunburn.
UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin, damaging cellular DNA and causing sun spots, wrinkles, sagging and skin cancers. In Australia, these rays are strong enough to do damage throughout most of the year, even when it seems cold and cloudy outside.
Broad spectrum sunblocks are most effective at protecting from UVA rays – look for one that contains zinc oxide as this provides a physical block on the skin, rather than a chemical block which is common in many sunscreens. People with sensitive skin are less likely to react to a zinc sunblock than a chemical screen.
TREATING SUN DAMAGED SKIN
As sun damage accumulates over time, it’s never too late to implement sun protection and treat existing damage.
IPL skin rejuvenation is one of the safest treatments available for sun damage, addressing facial redness, spider veins, freckles, sun spots, and pigmentation. Non-invasive, it involves a broad wavelength light being pulsed into the skin to repair damaged tissue, which may prevent the development of non-melanoma tumours. Treatments 2-3 times per year are recommended for ongoing maintenance of sun damaged skin (plus will help with the wrinkles!).