9 Ways to Prevent and Treat Sun Damage

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month.

Summer has officially arrived, and no one loves a warm, sunny day more than we do. As good as it may feel, basking in the sun (unprotected) is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. Not only can harmful UV rays cause cancer, they also accelerate the aging of your skin: think wrinkles, lines and brown spots.  No matter how great you think your tanned skin looks, if it's not done safely, it can be deadly.  

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All products and services are available on our online Skin Store for reorder or in the Nashville Cosmetic Surgery Office. 


#1 EltaMD Sunscreens

Whether you're active outdoors or want daily sun protection underneath makeup, EltaMD has a sunscreen for you.
EltaMD has a wide range of broad-spectrum UVA/UVB screens to fit everyone's need: all Elta sunscreens contain zinc oxide, are fragrance-free, sensitivity-free, and non-comedogenic. What we love the most is that EltaMD's sunscreens are easy to apply and  have cosmetically elegant textures that feel more like moisturizers than traditional "beach" sunscreens: they are easy to apply and do not leave a telltale white cast; they also work great under makeup. Price range: $11- $46


#2 EltaMD UV Lip Balm

Protect and soothe for silky-soft lips.
This lip balm is broad spectrum, with a higher than usual SPF rating AND best of all, there is no icky chemical after taste that most SPF lip balms normally have.  Formulated with transparent zinc oxide, olive oil and vitamin E, it combats the harmful effects of damaging UV-A and UV-B rays as it neutralizes free radicals, and moisturizes your lips.  Price: $11


#3 Avène Cold Cream Lip Cream

Immediately relive dry, flaky and chapped lips for up to 8 hours.
This is an emollient lip balm whose oil-based formula is excellent for dry, chapped lips. The rich formula cocoons the skin in an emollient barrier that protects against external aggressors,  as it heals, restores and protects and it is clinically proven to remain on the lips for up to 8 hours. Price: $11


#4 Sensitive-A Pads

Try these potent anti- aging pads and say hello to smooth, flawless skin.
These pads are fantastic for all skin types, as they address issues with aging, hyper-pigmentation and breakouts, all in one product.  We all know that Retin-A is the gold standard in anti-aging skin care: it promotes cell turnover that decreases as we age while boosting collagen production. But Retin-A does not come without its drawbacks, including sun sensitivity.  What's a girl to do during the summer? The answer: our Sensitive-A pads. Formulated with the topical retinoid HPR (hydroxypinacolone retinoate), you get all the benefits of a retinoid without the irritation. Price: $75


#5 Koji Brightening Pads

Lighten and brighten with these amazing, power-packed pads.
These pads offer an easy-to-use treatment to lighten and brighten the skin, combining the unique properties of Kojic Acid, Vitamin C, and green tea extract to help combat dryness and skin irritation.  Price: $75


#6 Saturday Night Brightener

Brighten dull skin at home with this powerful treatment.
Saturday Night Brightener pads are an "at-home/travel with you" mini peel. Formulated with an effective combination of phytic acid, azelaic acid, and lactic acid and saturated in plant-based goodness such as Evodia rutacarpa fruit extract (used in traditional Chinese medicine) and Rumex occidentalis extract (a natural, plant-based lightener), these weekly pads help to exfoliate dull dead skin, brighten dark spots and even skin color. They are sold in a jar of 60 pads. The jar will last over 8 months tightly closed but if the pads should happen to dry out, bring them back to our office and we will rewet them for you at no extra charge.  Price:  $64


#7 C+E Ferulic

Increase radiance and firm skin with this free radical fighter.
Our Cega Ferulic serum fights photo-aging and conditions skin with a combination of vitamins C and E and hydroxy acids. As if that's not enough, this is one of the few fat-soluble Vitamin C serums on the market, which means the product will penetrate beneath the surface of your skin instead of sitting on top of it, eliminating the irritation sometimes experienced with C serums. It's a must-have for any anti-aging regimen.  Price: $96


#8 Dermalogica After Sun Repair

The perfect post-sun soother.
For those times when you get a little too much exposure, cool your sunburned skin with this instant redness-reducing balm that features chamomile, cucumber and lavender, as well as Japanese alder extract, which attacks free radicals and helps repair the signs of sun damage. Price: $32


#9 Halo Laser Treatment

Restore the luminous glow you had when you were younger with customized resurfacing treatments.
Over time, your skin can lose its youthful glow due to sun exposure and your body’s natural aging process. As a result, you develop sun spots, fine lines, and lose that natural healthy glow. Previous lasers couldn’t effectively remove this damage with out major downtime - we're talking a minimum of 2 weeks!  The new Halo laser technology is the only technology on the market that can eliminate years of damage with half the downtime. As an added bonus, it is the only treatment on the market that has been proven to reduce pore size.  *Pricing Upon Consultation