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© Ivan Mikhaylov | Dreamstime.com sun damage How to reverse


With the summer holidays well and truly in the past, aesthetic physician, Dr Barbara Kubicka of ClinicBe, offers advice on how to treat sun damaged skin.


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on’t be fooled by the title of this article… The first thing you need to know about sun damage is that it is


unfortunately irreversible. It is also avoidable and the best treatment is preventing it from happening in the first place. However, with advances in modern aesthetic treatments, there are more options to treat the common consequences of over-exposure to the sun. So back to basics… It is far better not to


over-expose skin to the sun in the first place. It ages skin prematurely, raising the prospect of issues from wrinkling to pigmentation, as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer. The answer is as simple as staying out of the sun and using high protection mineral sunscreen.


56 www.essence-magazine.co.uk However, having got that off our


proverbial chests, we do recognise that, realistically, millions of British adults will have over-indulged in sun exposure, especially during a summer that has seen beautiful sunny days in June and July. It’s so tempting when the sun is shining to get outdoors and stay out longer than anticipated. On holiday, people tend to be fairly


focused on sun protection and are more inclined to use sun creams to guard against UVA and UVB rays that can damage the skin. The ‘hidden’ risks of sun damage are usually closer to home – basking in the pub garden for an hour or so on a sunny weekend, or simply grabbing half an hour


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