Reversing damage from your youth

The term ‘prevention is better than cure’ is one that we are all very familiar with.

It comes as no secret that we should invest in a good skincare routine from an early age, use sunblock regularly, eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, do enough exercise and get enough deep, restorative sleep to preserve our health and vitality for the future.

We also know that if we don’t make these investments, there usually is a price to pay. Studies have shown that repeated unprotected ultraviolet exposure, even for short periods at a time, breaks down collagen. In reality, even though the damage may be because of reckless behavior as a teen, the damage often only shows up in our late twenties, thirties and forties.

So what do you do if you weren’t always as good as you should’ve been and didn’t listen to all the advice on sun protection?

Fortunately, all is not lost.

Restoring the damage that may have been done by the sun is all about boosting collagen in the skin. As we age, the natural production of collagen further decreases as the metabolic system slows down, and the combination of sun damage and ageing can have a serious impact on the skin. By stimulating collagen production in the skin, the elasticity will be restored and the plump appearance of the skin will return.

Skin Renewal offers a comprehensive range of treatments designed to combat, treat and even reverse the signs of dehydration and sun damage like the PDT (Photo-dynamic therapy), Dermapen/Skin-needling, Pearl laser™, Limelight™, as well as a variety of chemical peels.

Injectable treatments, such as Botox, dermal fillers and threads can address the formation of wrinkles, loss of volume and sagging that may occur due to sun damage. Botox shows excellent results in the softening of lines and wrinkles, whereas fillers allow for subtle contouring of the profile and threads tighten the skin.

Repeated sun exposure can further cause sun spots or pigmentation and as we now know the older we get, the more the sun damage from our youth rises to the surface.

This type of pigmentation can be treated with treatments such as Fraxel DUAL, Pearl Fusion, chemical peels, Limelight, Laser Genesis, carboxytherapy, microdermabrasion and Transdermal Mesotherapy.

Remember that the skin is a hard-working organ forming a protective barrier between you and the myriad of assaults in the environment, and even though you may have neglected protecting it in the past, it is never too late to start with a good home care routine which includes using sun protection every day.

To find out more about treatments that address the stimulation of collagen, plumping up of wrinkles or any other issues related to sun damage such as sun spots or pigmentation, visit Skin Renewal on www.skinrenewal.co.za or contact 0861 SKIN SA (7546 72).