Those beautiful summer days are great for making lasting memories with people we love outside in the great weather, enjoying all the sunshine we can. But what else is the sun sending out?  

We all know the importance of sunscreen for preventing sunburn and buffering the ability of UV rays to sink deep into our skin. Sun damage can take on other forms, however, and it might not be something you see right away. Skin exposed to the sun for too long can become dry as it loses moisture and essential oils used to protect the body’s outer surface. Dry skin looks flaky, even prematurely wrinkled in young people.  

In addition to making skin dry, the sun can and does cause premature aging, even in people who use sunscreen. Sun damage is cumulative, meaning its effects add up over time. And since most of us get the highest amount of exposure to the sun as kids, by the time we’re adults, there’s likely plenty of damage already done and showing up in the form of wrinkles, sunspots, freckles and other deep-cell blemishes.  

Remember, it isn’t just the sun that hurts our skin – the same UVA and UVB rays we get from outside exposure happen through the use of tanning beds, too, as they rely on those same rays to create a tan in the colder weather. The good news is, these conditions are treatable.  


The Skin Center at Southgate Medical Group has a range of options available to help you clear up damage caused by the sun, including:  

  1. PICO Genesis – A laser procedure that provides a brighter, more uniform complexion in fewer treatments than other traditional methods. PICO Genesis was originally used to remove tattoos, but can now help with skin toning, reducing hyperpigmentation and rebuilding collagen, all without having to take time away from work and home.  
  2. Microdermabrasion – A method of polishing and removing the very top layer of skin to reveal healthier, younger-looking skin. By removing dead, damaged skin, the new layers look firmer, more vibrant, hydrated and with an improved texture. It also diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and makes pores appear smaller. Several treatments might be required, but your skin care expert will explain everything on your first visit.  
  3. Chemical Peels  These exfoliate dead, damaged skin while rebuilding collagen and stimulating the growth of healthier, younger-looking skin. There are several varieties of chemical peels available, all of which use an acid to remove the damaged skin, including glycolic, salicylic, pyruvic, Jessner’s and Mandelic acids. Chemical peels can also be applied to eyes and your mouth to brighten skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and improve skin tone.  

The Skin Center at Southgate Medical Group also offers a full line of products to help care for your skin, including: 


  • RetrinAL 0.1% Cream 
  • RetrinAL EYES 
  • RetrinAL DAY 
  • RetrinAL ADVANCED Wrinkle Corrector 
  • A-OXitive Serum 
  • A-OXitive Water-Cream 
  • Brightening System 
  • Rejuvenating System 
  • Sunscreens 

Most of us love the sun, even though the sun doesn’t love us back, but thanks to the skin care experts at The Skin Center at Southgate Medical Center, the love affair can continue. Contact us today to set up a consultation and regain the healthy, youthful skin you deserve.  

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