Reviewed by Dr. Scott Maymon, ND, MPH and Dr. Sarah Stone, ND

Is there anything better than the feeling of the warm sun on your skin after a long, cold winter? The sun can do wonders for our mood and overall well-being, but unfortunately, it does not do wonders for our skin over time.

In this blog, we will talk about photoaging, or as it’s better known: sun-damage.  We will discuss what it is, how it happens, and most importantly, how you can prevent it.

What is Photoaging?

Photoaging is the premature aging of the skin that occurs as a result of excess exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. This type of aging differs from chronological aging, which is the natural process of getting older. Photoaging specifically refers to the damage that occurs to the skin due to repeated sun exposure over time.

How Does It Happen?

The UV rays from the sun penetrate our skin and can cause damage to the DNA in our skin cells. This leads to a breakdown of collagen and elastin, which are essential proteins for maintaining youthful and healthy-looking skin. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen and elastin, and the damage from UV rays can accelerate this process.

Signs of photoaging include:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles:  UV radiation breaks down collagen and elastin, fibers that give skin its strength and elasticity.
  • Sun spots: Also known as age spots or liver spots, these are flat, brown spots that appear on areas of the skin frequently exposed to sunlight.
  • Actinic keratoses: Rough, scaly patches on the skin that can develop into skin cancer over time.
  • Solar elastosis: This condition results in the loss of skin elasticity and the appearance of thick, leathery skin, primarily caused by UVA radiation affecting the connective tissue.

How UV Radiation Accelerates Aging

  • UVB radiation: Overexposure to UVB radiation causes superficial changes such as sunburn and damage to the outermost layer of skin.
  • UVA radiation: While less intense than UVB rays, these penetrate deeper into the skin, leading to long-term damage such as wrinkles and leathery texture.

Prevention Tips for Photoaged Skin

Reducing the effects of sun damage involves a multifaceted approach aimed at minimizing UV exposure and protecting skin from its harmful effects.

  1. Limit sun exposure: Avoid or limit the duration of sun exposure during peak hours, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., to reduce the risk of sun-damaged skin.  Some exposure is healthy for the skin to convert vitamin D, but overexposure and sunburn is where a lot of the harm comes from.
  2. Stay hydrated: Dehydration can be a big contributing factor to sun burns; so staying hydrated is important.  In addition, antioxidants in higher quantities before going into the sun can also help mitigate sun damage.  Examples of food could be berries: strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  3. Wear protective clothing: Long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses can shield sun-exposed areas from direct sun damage.
  4. Apply sunscreen regularly: Use a natural sunscreen (to minimize damaging chemicals in sunscreens) with a high sun protection factor (SPF), reapplying every two hours during continuous exposure.

By incorporating these practices, you can significantly reduce your risk of premature aging and skin cancer.

Cellenis Derma PRP: A Revolutionary Approach

At Pure Body Health, we offer a cutting-edge solution to combat the effects of photoaging—Cellenis Derma PRP treatment. 

Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy uses the healing and regenerative properties of your blood’s platelets to rejuvenate skin cells and stimulate collagen production. 

This non-invasive treatment can improve skin texture, reduce wrinkles and fine lines, and promote a youthful complexion.

Target the Root Cause

Cellenis Derma PRP treatment addresses the underlying issues of photoaged skin by promoting the repair of damaged skin cells and stimulating the production of new ones.

Safe and Natural

Using components from your own blood minimizes the risk of allergic reactions or side effects, making it a safe option for everyone.

Versatile and Effective

Cellenis Derma PRP therapy is effective in reducing the appearance of age spots, pigmented skin, and improving the overall texture and tone of the skin.

Combine Treatments for Optimal Results

For enhanced results, Cellenis Derma PRP treatment can be combined with other anti-aging treatments such as RF microneedling

Microneedling uses tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin, promoting collagen production and improving skin texture. RF (radiofrequency) energy is then used to heat the deeper layers of skin, further stimulating collagen production and tightening the skin.

Turn Back the Clock on Aging Skin

Understanding photoaging and taking proactive steps to prevent it is crucial for maintaining youthful, healthy skin. With innovative treatments like PRP therapy, you can reverse the effects of sun damage and achieve a more radiant complexion.

At Pure Body Health, we are dedicated to helping you look and feel your best at any age. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about how we can help you combat photoaging and achieve your skin goals. 

Call (480) 427-0442 to book an appointment, or stop in and say hello! We are located at 1553 W Todd Drive, Suite 106 in Tempe, AZ.

FAQS About Photoaging

What is the difference between a sunspot and a freckle?

Sunspots are larger and darker than freckles. They occur on areas of the skin that have been exposed to sunlight for long periods. Freckles, on the other hand, are small brown spots that appear on areas of the skin that have a higher concentration of melanin.

What does skin cancer look like on the face?

Skin cancer on the face can appear as an unusual mark, spot, or sore that does not heal within a few weeks. It may be red, pink, flesh-colored, or brown in color and may bleed easily. If you notice any new or changing spots on your skin, it is important to have them examined by a dermatologist

Can photoaging be reversed?

Once the DNA damage caused by UV radiation has occurred, it cannot be reversed. However, the effects of photoaging can be reduced through various treatments and preventative measures.

Can retinol reverse sun damage?

While retinol can improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin, it cannot reverse the damage already done. It can help to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation caused by UV radiation exposure, but it is not a cure for photoaging. Consistent use of sunscreen and other preventative measures is still necessary to protect your skin from further damage.