Series: How to prevent sun damage: Focus on photo-damage
Exposure to sunlight leads to oxidative destruction of the skin, destroying collagen and causing wrinkling, as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer. UV radiation increases oxygen free radicals that bond with proteins (such as collagen), destroying them. Antioxidants such as vitamins C and E neutralize these destructive free radicals to help protect the skin against damage from UV radiation and prevent and reverse sun damage, thereby reducing premature aging (photoaging).
Topical vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. Free radicals interfere with the production and maintenance of collagen, and when collagen fibers are inadequate in number or misaligned, the skin structure breaks down, causing loss of elasticity and wrinkling. Vitamin C protects the collagen in your skin and is required for new collagen production and wound healing.
Topical vitamin E protects against UV radiation and free radicals that come in contact with your epidermis. Topical vitamin E prevents inflammatory damage, reducing skin swelling, thickness and reddening after UV exposure. Topical vitamin E also has moisturizing effects, improving your skin’s natural moisture and texture, making it softer and smoother. When topical vitamins C and E are applied together, their antioxidant effects are enhanced.
The SkinPen micro-needling procedure can help to improve the appearance of aging skin by assisting in your skin’s natural ability to remodel existing collagen and elastin. The SkinPen micro-needling device causes controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound healing process. The micro-injuries trigger the release of cytokines and growth factors that lead to re-modeling of collagen and elastin. SkinPen’s procedure can be tailored to your skin’s needs and has minimal side effects, so it’s appropriate for most skin types, including darker skin.
The Skinfuse post-micro-needling protocol was formulated specifically to supply the nutrients your skin needs to optimize the results of micro-needling. Skinfuse delivers the appropriate nutrients at the right time while omitting inflammatory ingredients that hinder the skin rejuvenation process. Several Skinfuse products contain:
FORTIFY Vita C Serum works to neutralize damaging free radicals that prematurely age the skin.
RESCUE Calming Complex assists in the reduction of inflammation post-micro-needling and provides the antioxidant protection of vitamin E.
Both vitamins C and E:
RECLAIM Hydrating Moisturizer supports the skin’s natural barrier and encourages increased retention of the skin’s natural hydration.
SURGE 1 Collagen Boost helps to maintain results of the SkinPen procedure as a once-a-week collagen-boosting serum.
Contact your SkinPen provider to learn how the SkinPen micro-needling device and Skinfuse work together to improve the appearance of sun-damaged, aging skin.