Sun Damage & The Tanning Bed Season

Sun damage is clearly associated with facial aging and also presents additional risks for skin cancer. Winter tanning might be a priority for women and men to evaluate this upcoming season. Equally important is the need for an evaluation of facial aging from sun damage that has accumulated from the summer sun.

Signs of Early Stage Sun Damage

  • Increase in moles
  • Freckles
  • Brown spots
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Skin roughness

Tanning Bed Considerations

Tanning beds may appear to be a great idea for upcoming winter months. Yet, when we consider that artificial UVA radiation is 320/400 nm/light compared to natural sunlight at 280-320nm/light, we may wish to rethink about committing to tanning beds when the sun shines less this winter. In fact, tanning beds may trigger skin conditions and reduce the capacity of the immune system. Tanning beds are commonly known carcinogen. Instead of tanning bed use, perhaps it is wise to consider a new skincare program and other methods to improve facial aging because of sun damage.

  • Sun damage improvements may be accomplished through medical grade skincare programs, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing and injectables.
  • Pre-cancerous and cancerous areas of the face may be treated with medications, photodynamic therapy (laser therapy), or cryotherapy (freezing).

Finally, the need for a tanned glow this winter may be satisfied through self tanning lotions and sprays. Some tanning salons offer mist tanning that provides a tanned appearance for a week or more. Yet, the benefits of renewed glowing facial skin from chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing and injectables offer a more natural look and protection from sun damage that can last throughout the winter season.

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