You’re pretty good at protecting yourself against the effects of the sun by using sunscreen, however there were those few times throughout your life where you got burnt because you’d forgotten to apply the sunblock.
Sun damage isn’t just skin-deep. The UV radiation from the sun alters the DNA of skin cells, which then cause wrinkles, lines, discolouration and cancer.
But there are ways that you can help reverse the effects of sun damage.
The trick to getting smoother skin is through exfoliation. This creates brightness by removing dead skin cells. Using a chemical exfoliant dissolves these cells, and it’s worth choosing a product with a 5-8% concentration of glycolic acid.
Glycolic acid assists your skin’s natural exfoliation process in removing dead cells that hold brown pigments clumped together over the years. Just make sure you read and follow the directions when a chemical exfoliant.
Repair The Damage
Use a daily vitamin B3 cream to rejuvenate your sun damaged skin such as Solarcare B3. This can help with reducing the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmented brown spots and red blotchiness.
It works by re-enabling the skin’s natural immune system to function, which allows DNA to repair itself.
Using sunscreen every day will help prevent any further damage to your skin. Choose make-up that has SPF protection when you’re going to be in the sun for short periods of time.
For those times when you’re going to be outdoors in the sun for long periods, pack the sunscreen and remember to reapply every couple of hours.
Lots of foods contain antioxidants that boost skin health, and can fight against aging and sun damage.
By eating at least one serving of leafy greens each day you’re giving your skin a dose of naturally healing antioxidants.
You can also load up on carrots, corn, fish and eggs.