Aftersun treatments that really work

You would have to have been living under a stone for the past few years not to be aware by now of the damage the sun can do to your skin – quite apart from the very real risk of skin cancer, ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the number one culprit when it comes to premature ageing of the skin.

Effects of over-exposure to the sun (or sun beds) include melasma – large dark, hyperpigmented areas of the skin, often appearing on the forehead; freckles, moles, solar elastosis – often known as ‘sailor’s skin’ or ‘farmer’s skin’, this is where areas of the skin become very thick, with an abundance of coarse wrinkles – among many others.

So, if you’ve been guilty of sun worshipping in the past, and wish to atone for your sins by visiting a cosmetic doctor, which are the treatments that really can undo some of that damage?

Photodynamic therapy

Photodynamic therapy can be used to treat a number of conditions, including sun-damaged skin and pre-cancerous cells. The treatment involves the application of a special, light-activated liquid to the skin, before treating the area with a specific wavelength light source. A treatment takes around 45 minutes and has minimal downtime, although you should avoid sun exposure for at least 36 hours post procedure.

Laser skin rejuvenation

Laser skin rejuvenation, which London cosmetic doctor Dr Joney de Souza performs using the Cynosure Elite+ laser, stimulates collagen production, helping to improve the texture of your skin, and can be used to remove hyperpigmented patches, which can be a result of sun damage. Each treatment takes around 30 minutes, and most people need between four and six treatments, spaced three to four weeks apart.


Proven brand cosmeceuticals, such as Skinceuticals, ZO Health and ZO Medical, contain active ingredients at the necessary concentration to have a real, tangible effect on the skin. Book a consultation at our London aesthetic clinic to find out which products would work best to treat your specific problem.

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