It is a well-known fact that the sun can damage your skin. Whether you get a sunburn or not, if you spend time in the sun or tan, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you may look older sooner. Some studies have shown that the top cause of aging is from the sun and UV exposure.
Unfortunately, you can’t exactly go back in time and stop yourself from getting that sun exposure. You can’t erase all of the damage, but you can help reduce some of the damage caused by the sun. Let’s look at some of the top concerns when it comes to skin damage from the sun and how to ease their effects.
If you get a sunburn, it is one of the worst things you can do for your skin. However, if the damage has already been done, try not to stress too much. To reduce the pain and damage from a sunburn, make sure to use aloe vera to help ease the burn. To prevent a sunburn from happening again, make sure that you always wear sunscreen, even during times when it isn’t that warm or sunny. You should also stay in the shade and wear clothes or hats to cover your skin. Remember to reapply sunscreen every 80 minutes or less.
If your skin is very dry from being out in the sun, use a gentle scrub to exfoliate and remove the dead skin. Then moisturize your skin with a heavy-duty moisturizer on damp skin. Putting lotion on damp skin can help your skin to soak it up more. Also, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.
If you are seeing premature wrinkles, you’ll want to use some products to help lessen the look of wrinkles. Look for products with retinoids, or try a chemical peel. Chemical peels can remove damaged cells from your skin. You can also try microdermabrasion or laser therapy. Talk to your dermatologist about which treatment is right for you and your specific skin concerns.
If you are starting to see dark spots or sun spots, you can try over-the-counter or prescription treatments. Look for products with hydroquinone, kojic or glycolic acid, and retinoids.
Do you have some damage from the sun? What is your number one concern?
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