The single biggest contributor to ageing and damage to the skin is exposure to the sun. Lack of appropriate sun protection accelerates the ageing process.
As you get older, the appearance of the skin changes. This starts from the age of about 25, when the natural regenerative properties of the skin begin to reduce and collagen production slows down. Old skin cells are replaced more slowly and new skin cells take longer to be produced. The overall effect is thinner, more fragile skin which in turn is more susceptible to sun damage and the environment. When this happens the skins ability to hold moisture in the skin becomes less and the skin appears dryer and looser.
The ageing process is dramatically accelerated by excessive sun exposure and UV radiation. Over-exposed skin can have a mottled appearance and age spots called hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is caused by an excess production of melanin; the pigment that makes our skin tan. The cells that produce melanin; melanocytes are stimulated by UV light and excess melanin production can often occur after exposure to UV rays, sun damage, inflammation or from other skin conditions such as a side effect of acne. Darker skin types from Fitzpatrick III-V are more prone to hyperpigmentation. This tends to affect highly exposed areas of skin such as the face, neck and hands, as we age melanocyte activity and distribution becomes more irregular causes patches of excess pigment also know as Age Spots.
Areas of hyperpigmentation can be reduced with skin lightening products and treatments such as Melanolyte Peels, Obagi, AHA’s and retinol products to exfoliate and resurface the skin.
Prevention of further damage and accelerated ageing can be achieved by wearing sunscreen every day. At DestinationSkin we fundamentally believe that sun protection is the most important skin care product you can use, everyday. It is the most effective anti-ageing element of treating the skin when used frequently and correctly. As well as ageing, research has conclusively proven the value of sunscreen use in preventing melanoma and other skin cancers.
At DestinationSkin we have a number of successful treatments to treat hyperpigmentation and some advanced home care for continued daily treatment.
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