What is Photoaging?

Photoaging is cumulative damage that develops into premature skin aging from chronic exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Prolonged damaging sun exposure causes injury to the skin in the form of wrinkles, loss of elasticity, roughness, broken capillaries, and uneven skin tone. 

What causes Photoaging?

We know photoaging comes from ultraviolet radiation, but how your skin responds to the damage can vary from person to person. Other factors to consider with photoaging determine the outcome of skin injury. Examining the factors helps you to understand why some people may look older or younger than you even though they have similar amounts of exposure to harmful rays.

Two types of Aging 

Intrinsic vs Extrinsic Factors

Intrinsic factors are the normal aging process but also include genetics. Ethnicity and gender are part of how we respond to the photoaging damage we receive. This type of aging is out of our control. 

Extrinsic factors are lifestyle, environment, and habits. Smoking takes oxygen away from our skin, which affects how it responds to damage. Chronic unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, alcohol, pollution, stress, and drug abuse are all extrinsic factors determining how our skin heals from sun damage. The good news is this type of aging is preventable.

Prevention

It’s hard to avoid photoaging altogether, but there are ways to slow it down and repair damage that has already occurred. Here are some steps to take to prevent and repair photoaging damage:

Make sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day with a minimum of SPF30.

When you know you will be outside for an extended period, wear a hat and clothing that covers your back and shoulders.

Avoid being outside during peak sun hours between 10-2

Maintain a healthy diet of foods like grapes, blueberries, spinach, and dark chocolate that are rich in antioxidants. A healthy diet will help your skin to repair itself. 

Bring an umbrella to the beach.

Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and the skin around your eyes. 

Treatments

Retinol and Retin-A products increase cell turnover and reduce signs of photoaging like wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven skin texture. 

Chemical Peels help to remove dead skin cells, increase the regeneration of new skin cells, and fight the effects of damaging photoaging. 

Recommendations from Glymed Plus Skincare

Top Products for Preventing Photaging:

Hydrating Protection Gel SPF30

Moisturizing Protection Cream SPF30

Oil-Free Protective Moisturizer SPF30 or 50

Do you have photo-aged skin? The good news is you can reverse it with professional skincare products!

Top products for Repairing Photo-Aged Skin:

Peptide Serum

Bio Renewal

Beta Gel

CBD Hydratherapy Masque

Daily Repair Cream 

Adding a gentle peel to rejuvenate the skin will make a big difference!

Age Defying Masque

(Youth Firm Age Defying Peel)

A safe peel is known to be extra gentle and not cause photosensitivity. This peel helps to reduce skin pigmentation, redness, and inflammation. 

This peel is an excellent option for concerns about dark spots, texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. Great for all skin types!

Have questions? I’m here to help! 

Teresa

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