At TLC Laser & Skincare, we strive to make every visit as imformative, yet relaxing and enjoyable, as possible. By providing patient resources we aim to make each appointment run smoothly and to help answer some common questions people have after their consultation or treatments.
Retinol is approved for the treatment of sun damaged (photo damaged) skin in combination with a total sun avoidance/sun protective skin program. It stimulates the production of new cells in the skin. It also increases the supply of blood, decreases the color of sun spots and may increase collagen production in the areas where it is used. Retinol provides an effective method of reducing the signs of aging skin caused by excessive sun exposure. It can improve the quality of your skin, give it a better texture, reduce fine wrinkling, lighten hyperpigmentation and replace skin dullness due to sun damage.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends consumers choose a sunscreen that states on the label: BROAD SPECTRUM - which means a sunscreen protects the skin from UVA (aging) rays and UVB (burning) rays, both of which helps prevent:
· Skin cancer
· Early skin aging ( age spots, wrinkles, and sagging)
SPF is the sun protection factor. This tells how well the sunscreen protects you from sunburn.
Another confusing thing about SPF is the number that follows it. This number tells you how much UVB light
(the burning rays) a sunscreen can filter out.
The AAD recommends using an SPF 30 or higher.
It's important to know that no sunscreen can filter out 100% of the sun's UVB rays. That's why it's important to also wear protective clothing and seek shad
Some sunscreens use both types of active ingredients, so they contain one or more active ingredient found in physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen.
Once applied, sunscreen only lasts so long on our skin. The sun's rays break down some sunscreens. Others clump and lose their effectiveness. To continue protecting your skin from the sun when outdoors, you must reapply sunscreen:
· Every 2 hours
· After toweling off
· When sweating
· After being in water
Sunscreens are not waterproof or sweat-proof and need to be reapplied, when using water resistant sunscreen, you'll need to reapply every 40 to 80 minutes.