Skin pollution: Undo the visible damage

In partnership with SA’s top medical aesthetic companies

While we can take care against skin damage from the sun and environmental pollution, we are susceptible to visible damage such as fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. Luckily, there are ways to tackle this.

In our previous feature, we talked about the ways to protect ourselves against damage from the sun and environmental pollution.

Daily sun protection is crucial, but some days we slip up – hey, we are human after all. And some of us enjoyed the sun in our younger years and are dealing with the consequences today. Maybe some even became recently aware of how important prevention is.

The visible signs of sun damage

Unfortunately, sun damage can manifest through unsightly signs on our skin, such as the early formation of wrinkles, and pigmentation. The overall appearance of a sun damaged skin may be sallow, dehydrated and damaged.

This damage may affect your self-esteem and you may realise that all the topical products we are bombarded with on the market do not make a difference.

The visible signs of skin pollution

Daily exposure to polluted air in cities can also take its toll on your skin. As your skin is the first barrier of protection against outside threats, it may show visible damage which may manifest through sluggish circulation, unexplained rashes and irritation, clogged pores and breakouts.

Treatment options

Luckily, there are ways to deal with skin problems caused by sun damage and environmental pollution.

Microdermabrasion is a quick procedure that requires no down-time afterwards. It renews the skin by lifting dead cells from the surface by polishing the skin with crystals. This treatment can be effective for sun spots, sun damage, early signs of ageing, or congested, sluggish skin.

A 3D skin peel is a more advanced chemical treatment that can address a wide range of common skin conditions, including fine lines and wrinkles, textural irregularities, sun spots, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Medical Ozone therapy is an internal treatment where your body is detoxified from inside out to help build new, healthy cells for healthier skin and organs.

For wrinkles, injectable fillers, laser rejuvenation treatments, including fractional lasers,  radio frequency, PDT, Skin Needling, Mesotherapy and Carboxytherapy can be used to minimise their appearance.

The earlier you identify sun damage and ageing, the earlier you can tackle it to diminish the appearance of visible signs.

To find out more about the options to help treat various skin conditions caused by exposure to the sun and pollution, visit Skin Renewal at .
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