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called elastin,” she says and basically
when these fibers break down, the
skin begins to sag, stretch, and lose
its ability to go back into place after
stretching. The skin also bruises and
tears more easily -- taking longer to
heal. So while sun damage to the skin
may not be apparent when you’re
young, Mirza indicates that it will
definitely show later in life.
Specific Treatments Recommended
for Sun Damaged Skin
There is a gamut of cutting edge
treatments out there specifically aimed
at rectifying the damaging effects of
the sun. Mirza elaborates that one
of her favorites for sun damage and
skin brightening is Dermasweep
which features a closed system with
a variable level vacuum pump that
gently lifts the skin surface as the
device “sweeps away” the dead layer
of skin in a precise and controlled
manner. “The results are the skin is
left smoother as the vacuum action
of the wand stimulates blood flow
and cleans the pores and removes the
dead skin,” she says and this increased
blood flow encourages collagen
formation thus firming and toning the
epidermis resulting in brighter, firmer
skin. “Simultaneously, using the Epi-
Infusion option, in this case vitamin
C, can be directly applied to the skin,
leaving the client with fresher-feeling
and brighter looking skin.”
Obagi Blue Peel:
Dr. Naji recommends the Obagi Blue
Peel, a type of TCA peel, in a unique
preparation that enables more control
in terms of the depth of the peel. “We
use this treatment for many medical
conditions such as treating melasma,
post inflammatory hyperpigmentation,
acne, as well as to treat photo-aging
and wrinkles,” he says and the aim of
this technique is to exfoliate the outer
layer of the skin and encourage cellular
turnover ending resulting in a new
fresh layer of the skin that is disease
free. “We always start this treatment by
preparing the patient by using a topical
cream prior to the peel for around
10 to 12 weeks and then we give a
treatment to the patient after the peel
for maintenance,” he says, the patient
must avoid the sun during the couple
of weeks after the treatment. Usually
the patient sees a difference after the
first session but the number of sessions
and the full treatment length depend
on the skin condition.
According to Jovanovic, this
treatment smoothens fine lines,
wrinkles, scarring, sunspots, stretch
marks, pigmentation problems
and other blemishes, restoring a
youthful and radiant look. “Diamond
microdermabrasion is performed
using a diamond-tipped wand for skin
exfoliation and the diamond wand can
be used around the eyes and the mouth
area where the first wrinkles and lines
usually appear.” This tube propels fine
microdiamonds across the skin, gently
pummeling away the upper layer of
skin cells, which are then vacuumed
away. An average treatment can be
completed within half an hour. The
process of exfoliation encourages
growth of new collagen, which helps
your skin to retain its elasticity and
retain vital moisture for fresher,
younger-looking skin.
AFT by Alma Lasers
According to Bennett, the Harmony
skin rejuvenation system by Alma
lasers also known as AFT, is highly
effective in treating sun damaged,
prematurely aged skin as well as those
with vascular lesions and rosacea.
“Studies have shown that collagen
is stimulated and texture greatly
improved,” she says and a study
conducted demonstrated that people
who had regular treatments over 10
years had better quality skin than
when they were 10 years younger.
She explains that the treatment is
safe, painless and highly effective at
strengthening and supporting the
skin. “The treatment gives an instant
glow and is one of our best-selling
procedures,” Bennett explains.
Key Steps to
Taking Care of
Your Skin:
Choosing the right kind of cleanser
based on the skin type.
This helps keep the skin hydrated
and prevents dryness and wrinkles.
Select the right kind of moisturizer
based on the skin type.
Sun protection
The right kind of SPF based on skin
Consult early for acne,
inflammatory lesions to prevent
Consume a good balanced
diet with fruits,
vegetables, and plenty of water.
(Credit: Dr. Irene Nirmala Thomas,
Specialist Dermatologist and Clinical
Professor, GMC Hospital in Ajman)
July/Aug 2014