SUN PROTECTION – PART 3 DEALING WITH SUN DAMAGE AND TANNING
In Part 1 of our series, we went over the effects of the sun on our skin and health.
In Part 2 of our series, we gave you the lowdown on how to truly and fully protect yourself from the harm of the sun – inside out.
In this blog, we put together an understanding of tanning, how to deal with post sun damage, and the correct ways in which you can restore your skin step by step.
A QUICK RECAP OF HOW THE SUNLIGHT COMPONENTS DAMAGE OUR SKIN AND CAN CAUSE AGEING + SKIN CANCER
VISIBLE LIGHT: NOT VERY DAMAGING UNLESS SKIN IS SENSITIVE AND PRONE TO PIGMENTATION LIKE MELASMA
UVA: PENETRATES DEEPER LAYERS + CAUSES DNA DAMAGE
UVB: AFFECTS THE SURFACE OF THE SKIN + CAUSES BURNS, DESTRUCTION OF COLLAGEN, ETC.
UVC: EXTREMELY HARMFUL BUT IS BLOCKED BY THE OZONE LAYER FROM ENTERING THE EARTH
INFRARED LIGHT: CAUSES THE SENSATION OF HEAT + CAN TRIGGER INFLAMMATION
When your skin has to battle the damage being inflicted upon it, the cells in your skin known as melanocytes begin to release melanin – a brown pigment that causes your skin to turn darker. The role of melanin is to protect your skin from the burning and ultraviolet radiation. So the next time you notice your tan, remember that your body is reacting to the ultraviolet radiation exposure – which should be more of a concern for you to protect your body from than your tan itself.
If you are dealing with either of the above, The last thing that should be on your mind is to de-tan your skin. This is one of the biggest mistakes that people make, without truly understanding the effects of the harsh chemicals in these products on their burnt and un-soothed skin. Dr. Rashmi Shetty says that your one and only goal should be – Hydration + Calming.
Whether you have returned from a vacation filled with sunshine, or you happen to have sensitive skin that has taken a hit in the brighter summers, following a basic moisturising and calming routine should be your focus, till you truly feel like your skin texture and colour has settled down to its normal state.
You can refer to our previous blog for Dr. Shetty’s recommendations for calming the skin down, and a quick and easy home made pack that will help!
Only once you have reached this point where you are certain of your skin not being irritated, should you consider any peels or treatments that will help to reverse the tan and rejuvenate your skin’s glow
Our facials at Ra Skin and Aesthetics do not use any heat or friction that may trigger your skin to react, and are focussed on facilitating the repair process.
– After your skin has settled down from the after effects of sun exposure, we usually suggest working with mild peels for tan removal, such as – Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, Kojic Acid, or combinations of these.
– Our Oxygen Facial too is known to deliver fabulous results for dull and tired looking skin. You can read about it here
For deeper pigmentation and tanning, we work with laser devices such as the Q Switched ND Yag laser –
– And finally, for deep rejuvenation and healing, Dr. Shetty is known for her magic with bio-stimulation injectables such as Profhilo and Skin Boosters.
It is important to note that at Ra Skin and Aesthetics, Dr. Shetty conducts a thorough consultation and assessment of what your skin truly needs before deciding what would work best for you.
For appointments, you may contact +919833055236 / 022-2649-2424.
So now that you have better knowledge on how to prevent sun damage, and what to do if your skin gets compromised, hang on for our last blog of the series, dedicated to helping you to pick the best sunscreen for yourself.
Those labels might get overwhelming for you to understand, but as always, we have you covered and protected from all of that. See you at the next one!
Each article is written by Aastha Kottary after detailed discussions and notes from Dr. Shetty
Dr. Rashmi Shetty
Mumbai | Hyderabad
Dr. Rashmi Shetty is a celebrity dermatologist, industry pioneer, author , globally invited teaching faculty and a leading expert in aesthetic medicine having over 20 years of experience in aesthetic and clinical dermatology. She is the Founder and chief dermatologist at Ra Skin and Aesthetics in Mumbai and Hyderabad. She is named the best Dermatologist by Vogue 2020 and is the first Indian doctor on the International Advisory board of the Anti-Ageing World Congress, FACE London, ICAD Asia, and honorary faculty at UCL .
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