Protecting our skin from the sun is a charge that many of us take a little too lightly. We’ve all been there – the late Sunday night after a weekend spent in the sun, aching from a painful sunburn.

If the discomfort of a sunburn weren’t enough, the aftermath on our skin is significant as well. Sunspots, age spots, and wrinkles are just a few of the issues worth mentioning, and although the result of unprotected time in the sun is unfortunate, it’s your skin’s defence mechanisms protecting weaker skin from further damage.

For example, wrinkles on the skin at ages under 50 are almost certainly a direct result of sun damage specifically. Whether it’s too much exposure to the sun, the incorrect use of sunscreen, or forgetting your sunglasses and hat – the results can be highly problematic if you ask too much of your skin during these warmer months.

The good news is that there’s a formidable array of treatments designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as sunspots. PRP, effective in treating cases ranging from tendonitis to arthritis, is a powerful agent in cosmetic procedures such as skin repair, and saying farewell to wrinkles and spots.

How do PRP treatments help?

By drawing blood from the patient, platelet-rich plasma is created by centrifuging whole blood to extract only the platelets. These platelets enhance healing factors such as oxygen mobility, skin and muscle repair as well as tendons and ligaments. By injecting platelet-rich plasma into damaged or aging skin, the body naturally enters a state of collagen production and repair, addressing issues such as spots and wrinkles.

How many treatments do I need? And how long will the results last?

Our skin has a natural exfoliation process: it sheds dead skin cells every 28 to 40 days, replacing the dead cells with a new skin cell layer. As we age, that turnover rate slows due to factors including sleeping habits and stress. Because PRP contains all the natural growth factors that trigger skin regrowth and collagen production, three to four PRP treatments can return your skin’s turnover rate back to its healthy 28 to 40-day cycle. The result? Younger looking, spot-free, wrinkle-free skin.

What’s the takeaway?

The next time you plan a day in the sun, plan to take care of your skin as well.  Not only will covering up save you from burning, it will shield you from the other unpleasant effects your skin is suffering at the hands of the sun. We all wind up dealing with age spots and wrinkles – time sees to that. What we don’t need to concede is expediting the process under the sun’s gaze.

On that note, don’t hesitate to contact me for a free skin health assessment to learn what steps you can take to restore healthy, youthful-looking skin.

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