Q. What Is Photoaging?

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A. The term photoaging (also known as dermatoheliosis) refers to changes in the skin caused by exposure to the sun. We can all spot the signs of sun damage—including areas of hyperpigmentation, loss of elasticity, and age spots. Other symptoms of sun damage include red and scaly spots on the skin called actinic keratosis as well as areas where we actually lose pigmentation (dyspigmentation).

[See below for tips to prevent photoaging and help reverse the signs of sun damage]

Happy woman after facial treatmentFortunately, Photoaging is avoidable. It’s known as an extrinsic cause of skin aging (that’s the kind you can prevent!).

A few strategies for both reversing signs of sun damage and avoiding it in the future:

  • Regular exfoliation to encourage faster turnover of skin cells
  • Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Protective clothing (hats, gloves, etc.)
  • Vitamin C for antioxidant protection and skin-brightening
  • Peptides to help encourage the formation of new Collagen
  • Kojic Acid to brighten up areas of discoloration and help even skin tone

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    The Whitening Mask uses Kojic Acid to help brighten up areas of hyperpigmentation and discoloration caused by the sun.

Author: Jill

As a long-time writer, editor, and esthetician, I’ve had an ongoing love affair with Mario Badescu Skin Care for years. I can usually be found reading, knitting, painting, trying new beauty and skin care products, and telling everyone to wear more sunscreen. These days, I’m feeling super grateful for the opportunity to share more Mario with the world! I believe that better skin care changes lives. For more about me, visit my Google+ Page.

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