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Everyone loves sitting on the beach soaking up the sun with a cold drink in hand, but I highly doubt we could find anyone that loves learning that their skin has sun damage. However, what many people don’t realize is that while a sun-kissed tan might look great, it actually is the result of some pretty intense damage to our skin—especially when a beach day results in sunburn. While the physical appearance of sunburn might go away in a few days, it can leave lasting damage.

Impact of Sunburns

For one, sunburns and continuous sun damage lead to skin cancer. This is because of harmful UV rays that you absorb each time you’re out in the sun with no sunscreen on. Over time, consistent exposure to UV rays even damages your DNA! If this sounds scary, it’s because it is. The more your skin cells are exposed to UV rays, the more out of control your skin cells’ reproduction becomes. When cellular reproduction gets out of hand, it can lead to mutations that cause cancer.

Exposure to the sun is also the main reason that people prematurely age. UVA rays go deep below the surface of your skin and cause your body to change how it produces collagen. It also causes your overall collagen supply to decay faster than usual, which is unnerving considering we start to produce less and less collagen as we age.

Fighting Sun Damage

The best way to fight sun damage to your skin is to use sunscreen … all the time. Don’t just put it on when you’re planning to lay on a beach. Instead, make it part of your daily routine and use a light product that has at least an SPF 30 or more. If you’re planning on wearing makeup, find a product that works for you that can be worn underneath your makeup and won’t cause irritation. If you plan on sitting on a beach all day, consider investing in a big, floppy hat to help protect your face from harmful rays.

Healing the Damage

While sunscreen is a great way to reduce further damage from the sun, it won’t do much to help heal the damage you’ve already incurred. That’s where vitamin C comes in. Vitamin C helps to boost cellular growth and has great free-radical fighting power. Vitamin C also helps your skin avoid the development of dark spots and works to keep you healthy. To get the most out of vitamin C, find a great product to apply topically and make sure you’re getting enough in your diet.

Another great thing you can do is use microdermabrasion a skin treatment aimed at helping to remove dead skin. Microdermabrasion works by exfoliating dead skin cells so that you’re left with healthy skin that has a stronger ability to absorb nutrients. Since microdermabrasion is a noninvasive, skin resurfacing procedure, it doesn’t hurt to have it done regularly—as long as you don’t overdo it. When you get this treatment regularly, you’ll be more likely to benefit from treating sun-damaged skin. Microdermabrasion is also known to help stimulate collagen growth over time, which can essentially reverse the sun damage done to skin. As a result, regular treatments will often lead to a reduction in fine lines, blemishes, dull skin, and fewer sun spots. After your microdermabrasion treatment, it’s important to use products that will complement the treatment and absorb into your skin to boost the benefits. Since microdermabrasion uncovers healthy skin tissue, the absorption rate increases, which makes the entire treatment even more effective.

Microdermabrasion treatments are a great, low-risk treatment to help you combat the effects of sun damage on your skin. If you’re interested in getting a facial with microdermabrasion, or any other type of facial to help reveal radiant skin, contact the professionals at Willow Massage + Spa by calling 480-696-3132 today!

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