If you’re like us, you may have not always been the best at reapplying sunscreen throughout the day, staying out of the sun, or covering up your skin. The carefree days of lounging under the sun and getting a deep tan may be behind us, but the effects of those days are just now catching up...
Sun damage occurs when the skin is overexposed to the sun’s UVA and UVB rays. They can penetrate the deepest layers of your skin, and even change your DNA at the cellular level. Because of this, you can’t always see the effects of your sun damage immediately. Many times, you may not know for years the severity of damage that the sun has caused to your skin. Some of the effects that may start to show later on are brown spots, wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin texture/tone, and loss of elasticity.
Now, if you do start seeing these signs, no need to fret! Keep reading to discover ways to minimize your sun damage...and avoid adding even more in the future.
Apply Vitamin C Daily
One of the best ways to reverse the effects of sun damage is by adding powerful antioxidants like Vitamin C into your daily skincare routine. Vitamin C contributes to the acceleration of collagen and elastin production in the skin, which helps to combat the formation of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. So, by applying Vitamin C daily, you will be revitalizing your complexion and slowly reversing the effects of sun damage!
Add Retinol Into Your Routine
Another ingredient that will combat your sun damage is retinol. You’ve probably heard of its powerful effects before, but maybe shy away from it because of the dryness and irritation that may come with it in the beginning. However, retinol is a dermatologist’s best weapon (second to sunscreen, of course) when it comes to reversing sun damage.
Topical retinoids can retexturize your skin, promote skin cell turnover, and even out skin tone by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin that was lost from UV breakdown. You can ask your dermatologist for a retinoid prescription for the fastest results, but there are also plenty of over-the-counter options that still work, just a bit slower. Retinol usually causes dryness and irritation in the first weeks of use, so start using it a couple of times a week and gradually build up for daily use!
Use An Over-The-Counter Chemical Peel
If chemical peels immediately make you think of Samantha’s bright red and raw face in Sex and the City, you’re not alone! But it sounds so much worse than it is.
There are lots of gentle at home chemical peel treatments that will speed up the process of skin renewal and turnover. Chemical solutions are wonderful exfoliants that will shed away any dead skin and show your new skin underneath that is smoother and less pigmented!
Dermaplaning uses a blade to gently scrape away facial hair and any build-up of dead skin cells that makes your skin look dull or uneven. It fastens new skin growth and helps to produce a more healthy and vibrant complexion! Because there is no longer a barrier between the skin and the products you're using, your skincare will be able to penetrate more deeply into your skin.
Tip: If you're on a fast track to reversing sun damage, consider coupling dermaplaning with a chemical peel as your results will yield much faster.
There are further treatments that your dermatologist can provide you to help combat sun damage such as micro-needling, dermabrasion, chemical peels, and Fraxel. Remember, the best way to combat sun damage is by avoiding sun exposure all together! Apply (and reapply) sunscreen daily and cover-up in UPF50+ clothing to properly protect your skin from the effects of the sun.