How to Reverse the Signs of Sun Damage after a Long Summer

If you are worried about wrinkles, brown spots, and leathery skin, take heart in the knowledge that is it possible to reverse and repair the signs of skin aging associated with sun exposure. Up to 90% of the damage in our skin that we attribute to aging is actually caused by sun damage. As sun damage accumulates over time, it is never too late to start a protection regimen.

Skin Damage

Most people know to wear sunscreen when it’s sunny out, but protecting your skin from the sun is not only important in the summer months or on sunny days. Practicing good sun protection year-round is a great way to prevent further sun damage and help your skin repair damage caused by your previous negligence.

Here are the top 5 tips for reducing and repairing sun-related skin damage:

  1. Use sunscreen
  2. Sunscreen is one of the key factors in healthy, youthful looking skin. Many people don’t use sunscreen on a regular basis, but daily use can greatly lower your long-term risk of skin cancer. Reducing your daily sun exposure allows the skin to heal and gives the immune system a chance to repair the damage already done to your skin.

  3. Exfoliate
  4. A buildup of the stratum corneum – the dead outermost layer of the skin – can make skin appear blotchy and uneven, and the remnants of self-tanning products can accumulate in dry areas, giving the skin a dirty appearance. Regular exfoliation will remove dead skin cells and leave your skin smoother and healthier. Loofahs, home microdermabrasion kits, scrubs, alpha hydroxy acid, and cleansers can all be used to remove dead skin cells and return a natural luster to your skin.

  5. Bleach
  6. Skin lighteners are not actually used to lighten the skin, but rather break up deposits of unwanted color. The best over-the-counter products contain kojic acid in combination with hydroquinone, Retin-A, or a mild steroid cream.

  7. Hydrate
  8. Exposure to the summer sun, chlorine, and salt water can all cause your skin to dry out and lose its natural oils. Hand and body creams with alpha hydroxyl acid and facial serums with hyaluronic acid and be used to plump up the skin around the eyes in order to make it appear more youthful and less wrinkled. Continued use of these products have also been shown to increase collagen production!

  9. LEDs
  10. Light emitting diodes are electronic light sources which can be used to stimulate the production of collagen, as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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