There’s good sun exposure, and bad sun exposure. On one hand, taking in an adequate amount of sunlight has many health benefits, such as improving your sleep quality, lowering stress, helping you maintain strong bones, and even preventing you from gaining weight. However, too much sun exposure—particularly when your skin is unprotected—causes lasting negative changes to your skin. If you skip wearing sunscreen, your complexion (and long-term health) is likely to suffer. Ultraviolet rays damage collagen fibers and elastin, leading to wrinkles and a loss of elasticity. Not to mention, sunlight can trigger too much melanin production, resulting in freckles and blotchy skin. Many patients seek out cosmetic techniques, such as laser resurfacing from our Naperville practice, during the later part of the year to improve major skin concerns and enjoy a clearer, more youthful-looking complexion again.

Follow these tips for reviving and restoring a healthy glow to sun-damaged skin this fall. Certain techniques can be done at home on your own, but professional, in-office treatments may be more suitable for certain types of skin damage.

Use Skin Products Derived from Vitamins A and C

Although many products will help lighten skin, the one skincare ingredient you need to consider for sun damage is retinol, which is derived from Vitamin A. Retinol has two major benefits: It increases cell turnover, and it promotes collagen production. This corrects all kinds of sun damage, including everything from fine lines and wrinkles to uneven skin and sunspots. Vitamin C is also a strong antioxidant that reduces hyperpigmentation.

Light and Laser Treatments

Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most effective tools for undoing unwanted pigmentation on the skin’s surface. Unlike other types of laser treatments, the Pearl Fractional® treatment from Cutera can treat the entire face, so you will need fewer additional treatments to optimize results. Pearl laser treatments dramatically improve the appearance of moderate to severe sun damage by using a controlled injury to trigger the skin’s healing process and promote the creation of new collagen.

Learn more about the advantages of laser resurfacing for enhancing the texture and tone of your skin from The John Bull Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Laser Medispa. Call us at (630) 280-3913 or submit a contact form to request a consultation if you’re ready to get started.