Cochrane is one of the sunniest places in Canada, averaging of 2400 hours of bright sunshine in a year. Sun damage is the number one cause of wrinkles and premature aging of our skin. Luckily, we don’t have to fear the sun. We can enjoy it, while protecting our skin with the right tools!
Because there are so many options of sunscreen on the market, it’s best to choose one you will use! A sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher with broad spectrum protection is recommended. Chose either a physical block or a chemical sunscreen. Physical blocks contain Zinc Oxide or Titanium Oxide, they stay on the surface of the skin and work by reflecting the sun. Chemical sunscreens absorb in to skin, change UV rays into heat and then release that heat out of the skin. The SPF of a sunscreen is based on a 2 hour duration, so reapply your sunscreen every couple of hours to ensure you are protected! Powder or brush on sunscreens are great for reapplication.
Unprotected sun exposure, repeated sun burns, acne, and hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause can cause Hyperpigmentation. It affects every skin type and can become irreversible. Contrary to popular belief, hyperpigmentation can be treated at any time throughout the year. Energy-based devices such as IPL – photofacial, Fractora® microneedling and Fractional laser skin resurfacing provide amazing results for reversing pigment. They can reach those tough spots that skincare alone cannot. Prepping the skin with effective pharmaceutical grade skincare such as hydroquinone and retinol can assist this technology and should not be overlooked. With the right combination of energy based devices and skincare, this unwanted pigment can be treated to the point of non visibility. Combination therapy is your recipe for a flawless complexion. Why stop at the face? Lets not forget the chest and hands, they can give away your true age!
Once treated, it is important to maintain the results of even tone, texture and luminous skin. Studies show that the right product pairing of a vitamin C and sunscreen is the best way preserve our delicate skin! Topical vitamin C can protect the skin from free radicals, pollution or environmental stressors which have negative impact on our skin and cause rapid aging. Pharmaceutical grade L Ascorbic acidserums are the purest, most effect antioxidants on the market. They are an essential part of your skincare routine.
With so many options on the market to treat and protect our skin, make sure to seek the advise of an expert to help you chose the best plan.
Of course we don’t want to tell everyone to stay out of the sun! We know how much fun outside can be! Make sure you have everything you need…. Good sunscreen, Vitamin C, and a hat. Invest in the skin you’re in!