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How Light Therapy Can Help Repair Sun-Damaged Skin

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While basking in the sun at the pool, beach or deck is a lot of fun, over time your skin may get damaged from the sun. Fun in the sun is no longer “fun” when that happens. Not only do you have to be concerned about aging faster, too much sunning can cause harm like skin cancer. The good news that there are ways to repair sun-damaged skin, such as sunspots and wrinkles. And there are preventative measures that you can take to minimize sun damage.

Kinds of Sun Damage

Radiation from too much exposure to UV light is what causes sun damage. The suntan that you actually get is your skin’s way to protect you from radiation. Your skin produces more melanin to reflect the UV light instead of absorbing it. Sunburn, wrinkles, sun spots, melasma and Actinic Keratosis (AK) can all be the result of too much UV light. Sunburn is a reaction to damaged DNA. It will cause peeling and redness. Too much UV light also breaks down the collagen and elastin in your skin. This is what causes wrinkles. Too much UV exposure also can cause dark spots on your skin. And when your tan starts to fade in the winter, those sunspots don’t. They will be noticeable. An overproduction of melanin is what happens with too much sun also. It’s called melasma and there can be gray or brown patches on your skin. AK appears as crusty and scaly patches on your skin due to too much sun exposure.

The Good News: Light Therapy Repairs Sun Damage

Light therapy is a treatment that uses specific wavelengths of near-infrared light. This treatment activates the body’s healing process for the skin. It’s been used effectively for scarring, sun spots, sun damage and wound healing. Light therapy ramps up the body’s production of elastin and collagen. Plus, it increases the immune response to clear damaged skin cells. More collagen helps improve the look of wrinkles and fine lines. It also helps maintain your existing collagen. This treatment can be used to remove AK patches, too.

Prevent Sun Damaged Skin

Without a doubt, UV radiation makes the skin age faster and you’ll look older from too much of it. There are steps you can take to prevent sun-damaged looking skin. Be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum of 30 SPF whenever you’re outdoors. This will give you protection from damaging UV radiation. Today, you can even find moisturizers and facial creams with SPF. In addition, be sure to reapply it appropriately. With a 30 SPF sunscreen, you need to apply it every 30 minutes. With a 50 SPF sunscreen, you need to apply it every 50 minutes. The number of SPF determines the time frame for reapplication. And always be sure to wear protective clothing, especially if you have sun spots or melasma.

With the Envy Light Capsule, sun damage doesn’t have to be permanent. It’s an effective treatment for sun-damaged skin.

 

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