At some time or another, we’ve all been told to stay out of the sun and when we must go out, wear plenty of sunscreen. While time spent in the sun can bring plenty of benefits from the vitamin D to the enjoyment of outdoor activities, it can also ravage your skin with brown spots, wrinkles, and texture irregularities. Once you have sun damaged skin, it isn’t easy to treat, and sometimes skin creams are not up to the task. Oddly enough, one of the best ways to solve the problems caused by one type of light, the sun, is by using another kind known as Broadband light.
What Causes Sun Damage?
While some wrinkles and skin damage are par for the course due to the natural aging process, much of our damaged skin comes from another reason: the sun. Age spots, also known as sun spots or brown spots, are the result of excessive and prolonged exposure to UV light. Ultraviolet rays damage your skin much in the way that aging does; however, it does so at a much quicker rate. These rays not only break down collagen and elastin, thus damaging the connective tissues, but they also increase the production of melanin, which results in the discoloration of the skin as melanin overstimulates pigment cells. As this occurs and the skin loses its flexibility, fine lines, pigment changes, and even freckles can spread across your face.
What Is Broadband Light?
Broadband light, also known as a photo facial, is a skin rejuvenation treatment that uses intense, short bursts of focused laser light or a more gentle LED light to target problem areas on the skin. This light stimulates collagen growth, which results in a more youthful appearance while improving color and texture of the skin.
How Can a Photo Facial Help Me?
Although not a replacement for surgery or more invasive skin lasers, photo facials can be beneficial to anyone who has sun damaged or discolored skin—it can even improve the appearance of large pores, red spots, minor wrinkles, and the effects of rosacea. Photo facials are non-invasive and non-ablative, resulting in a quick recovery time, little pain, and very few side effects. Patients experience some redness that will dissipate within a day or so, and can be easily covered with make-up. Treatment consists of three sessions spread a couple of weeks apart, plus periodic maintenance after.
Treatments with Broadband light can have you on your way to smoother, healthier skin.