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Sun’s Effect on Our Skin

As you age, it becomes more difficult for your skin to repair itself, which is essential to keep your skin looking youthful. UV damage from the sun’s harmful rays can also take a toll on your skin, causing fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and crepey skin. Too much sun exposure can raise your risk of skin cancer, which is the most common type of cancer in the United States.

The best anti-aging tip we can ever give you is skin protection! Daily use of SPF can prevent the inevitable signs of aging from UV exposure including fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and crepey skin. 


Effects of Free Radicals

Free radicals are a type of unstable molecule that is made during normal cell metabolism (chemical changes that take place in a cell). They can build up in cells and cause damage to other molecules, like DNA, lipids, and proteins, which may increase the risk of cancer causing cells.

Your body may come in contact with free radicals during the day from UVA and UVB rays, heat, visible light, ozone or air pollution, cigarette smoke, and blue light (phone, computer and tv screens). In addition, free radical exposure also happens at night – indoor pollutants, inflammation, and lack of sleep which increases oxidative stress. 

The human body naturally has systems in place to counteract the oxidative stress caused by free radicals by producing antioxidants. They are also externally supplied to the body through foods, supplements, and select skincare products.

The use of topical antioxidants in skincare is gaining popularity among dermatologists because of their broad biologic activity, anti-inflammatory properties and anticarcinogenic activities. Generally topical antioxidants work by downregulating free radical pathways that damage skin. 

The Lumivive System from SkinMedica, Available at Allura Is The Solution

At Allura Skin, Laser & Wellness Clinic, we offer the Lumivive System from SkinMedica, a day and night skincare duo that resists external environmental attacks during the day and recovers your skin at night. SkinMedica’s full medical grade skin care line is also available at Allura Clinic.

Lumivive Day is an antioxidant product that protects against free radical damage, pollution, blue light, and external particulate matter like pollution and smoke. Think about how much time you spend in front of a screen throughout your day. Did you realize that blue ray exposure is damaging your skin? Lumivive Day is one of the only products on the market clinically studied and peer reviewed to protect your skin from these damaging rays. In addition to your daily SPF, Lumivive Day adds the ultimate protection level for your skin to survive your daily exposure to harmful external factors.

Lumivive Night is a product that restores ATP levels in your mitochondria which gives your skin cells energy to perform at a higher capacity. Think of this product as a jump start for your skin that assists the overnight repairing of skin cells AND helps your other skincare products perform better.

Allura Clinic recommends a combination of treatments to battle the signs of aging and sun damage, including using SPF daily and incorporating a medical grade skincare treatment like Lumivive into your skincare routine. Contact us today for a consultation and appointment.