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The way we treat our skin is incredibly important and will have a huge effect on the way it looks and its health for years to come. When you are young, it can be easy to forget to take proper care of your skin when it still looks fresh and youthful. However, the things we do or don’t do when we’re young can have a lasting effect on the health of our skin.

Photo-ageing is something which can leave skin feeling and looking unhealthy but can be prevented in early life if the skin is properly taken care of. So, what is photo-ageing and how can you treat it?

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What is Photo-Ageing?

Photo-ageing is what happens to skin after it has been repeatedly exposed to the harmful UVA and UVB rays without protection. These rays can cause skin cancer, but can also have a detrimental effect on the appearance and health of the skin.

Photo-ageing can result in a range of skin complaints, including:

  • Dark spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Broken blood vessels
  • Spider veins
  • A lack of elasticity in the skin

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How Can Photo-Aging be Prevented?

The most important thing is to protect your skin from the sun. This should include using a good sunscreen that provides protection against UVA and UVB rays and has a decent SPF, ideally 30 and above. You should consider using sunscreen every day and not just when the weather is hot.

You should also take care to cover up in the sun and avoid going out in particularly hot weather during the hottest times of the day.


How Can Photo-Aging be Treated?

There are a number of different treatments that can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and other signs of photo-ageing. These include:


  • Fractional Radio Frequency – this non-surgical procedure is used to rejuvenate skin and improve texture, tone, fine lines and wrinkles, so is perfect for targetting the signs of photo-ageing
  • Pigmented Lesions Removal – this treatment can remove sun spots and lesions caused by the sun.
  • Pigmentation Removal/Reduction – sun exposure can cause skin damage in the form of dark patches, so this treatment targets these patches and reduces the unwanted pigmentation.
  • Carbon Spectra Peel – this is a powerful yet gentle procedure which can reduce pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. As well as encouraging faster regeneration and leaves the skin feeling youthful and fresh.
  • Hydrafacial – known as the ‘ultimate facial’, this treatment uses a 5-step process to rejuvenate the skin and can be used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and dark spots.  
  • LED Phototherapy – using the power of LED light, this treatment targets skin imperfections including those caused by sun damage, leaving the skin looking young and healthy.
  • Microdermabrasion – this is a particularly gentle treatment which is particularly safe and practically painless and reduces the appearance of the signs of sun damage.


These are just a selection of the treatments which can be used to treat the effects of sun damage, but there are plenty of other procedures that can target these skin issues.

There are different benefits of each of these treatments, so it’s important to find the right procedure for you. You can attend a consultation where you will find out more about which treatment is ideal for your skin complaint and skin type. Book a consultation today by calling 0208 428 1138 or by emailing bookings@jeunessebeauty.com.