Reversing Sun Damage
REVERSING SUN DAMAGE
Did you know that a significant amount of the aging you see in your face is the result of the sun? Researchers say that up to 80% of skin aging is impacted by sunlight. Obviously, we can’t avoid the sun completely and when it’s nice outside, who would want to avoid it?
That’s where a good sunscreen comes into play. Many moisturizers and foundations today state that they now include sunscreen and that’s a great start, but there are products that are pure and simply sun protection for the face with no other additives and most dermatologists recommend using them rather than relying on mixtures in which the strength of the protection is not as strong or focused.
So, let’s say that you get all of this NOW, but you’ve already been years outside in the sun without protection and now you’re in need of skin rescue. The first question is whether or not sun damage can even be reversed. While not all of it can, researchers are finding that there are many highly effective ways to address the damage.
Start by giving your skin a chance to heal properly. That means lots of sunscreen and spending a bit more time in the shade. Hydrate your skin and look for products that promote healing. Next, get into a healthy habit of exfoliating. You only want to do it a few times a week and make sure you’re using a quality product that will actually stimulate skin renewal. I’m happy to talk to you about products and I can even help with applying them. Increase your beta-carotene intake. This is really quite simple and just requires you to eat more vegetables such as carrots and spinach, and fruits like cantaloupe. There also are supplements available. High levels of anti-oxidants can help protect and heal your skin from the inside out.
Look for ingredients like Barberry, Kojic Acid, Azelaic acid, lactic acid and absorbic acid to help fade and lighten pigmentation. Also calming anti-inflammatory ingredients like green tea extract, sea whip and licorice root to help sooth and calm aggravated, damaged skin.
Retinoids help to increase the collagen in your skin and cellular turnover and when used properly can help reduce pigmentation issues. There are many kinds of retinoids and they are not all created equal so talk to your skincare professional and let them guide you to the appropriate one for your skin.
Chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser therapy all help remove damaged cells and pigmentation. They also can stimulate new cell creation. These procedures are best done by a professional so that you are getting a high quality, effective procedure that is effective for your skin type without causing more harm then improvement.
And as always.......
Apply sunscreen to your face all year round. This is how you’re going to begin reversing damage. After all, you can hit the brake on your car while hitting the accelerator. In the way, you can’t reverse sun damage while exposing your skin to sun.
Hope these little tips help you on your path to reversing sun damage.
Have a Blessed and Beyoutiful Day!