Revitalizing Summer Skin

Once upon a time, when we were young and carefree, we spent our summer days outside, soaking up the sun, heedless and ignorant of the damaging rays. It was a simpler era of basking on a lounge chair, under a thick coating of suntan lotion, rather than sunblock, reading magazines and thinking we would never get old, wrinkled, and gray. Cut to a few decades later, and we are all much more cautious when it comes to sun exposure. The information about skin cancer and health is much more widely disseminated, and we are all doing our part to have truly healthy skin for years to come. Unfortunately, some of the damage has been done. But it is not entirely irreversible. Don’t fear the sun, or waste time feeling bad, we have the solution for you. There are many ways to revitalize summer skin, and you can start undoing the damage today!

The plain fact is that sun-kissed skin is not healthy skin. No matter your natural pigmentation, getting darker from sun exposure means damage. The melanin in our skin, in trying to protect cells from harmful UV rays, darkens as a method of self-preservation. Everyone is susceptible to sun damage. Wrinkles, less elasticity, and brown spots are all common repercussions of too much time under the sun. Sun protection is important in every season, but especially in summer, when we are outside more, working and playing (which is healthy!). We must be mindful of how to avoid tans and burns, and also know what to do for skin that has seen too much sun this year as well as in many previous summers.

Wrinkles begin under the surface, as your skin slowly collapses over time. The dermal layer is stressed by the sun, which depletes its natural oils, and that degrades the collagen that is so essential for youthful-looking, plump skin. While we love when women embrace their laugh and frown lines – signs of a life lived well – we hate to see skin aging unhealthily that could have been treated or prevented. You may start seeing brown spots in your 40s, 50s, and 60s from sun damage you got before you were 18.

In our offices, we perform state-of-the-art brown spot removal on the face, chest, and hands. You may see results from just one session, and they are usually permanent, though new damage can occur. We use lasers that transmit high energy light through the top layers of skin to target melanin. The spots absorb the light, and the melanin pigment breaks up into fragments that are discarded by your body’s immune system.

To tighten and rejuvenate your skin by stimulating your own collagen and elastin production, we treat you with a microneedling therapy which can minimize pores, stretch marks, and crepey skin, which is likely the result of too many summers spent basking in the harmful rays of the sun. This is a relatively new procedure and we are seeing tremendous results in our patients.

In addition to the steps we expect you are taking at home, we offer treatments that can only be performed by a medical professional. Our aesthetic services can revitalize your skin, whether you laid out too often in summer, were ski bumming through the winters, or just forgot, more often than not, to be as vigilant as you ought to be to stave off the effects of the sun. We offer our clients chemical peels, and specific brown spot removal options that will take years off the appearance of your skin and potentially add years to your life. Robert Andrews Laser & Medical Aesthetics is the authority in Colorado Springs in dermatological health and beauty. Call our office to make an appointment today to turn back time and revitalize your summer skin.