Did you do all that you could to take care of your skin yet ended up with sun damaged skin? As harsh as UV rays can be, it is interesting to know that UV exposure is one of the primary causes for premature aging of skin. The UV rays can penetrate deep into the layers and cause damage on cellular level. This does not mean that it is the end of the world and the damage is permanent. It is never too late to reverse the fate of the sun damaged skin as we look at a few tips by our experts to help you get along with it and prevent it in future.
- Using anti-inflammatory face mask
Anti-inflammatory ingredients in a face mask such as cucumber, aloe vera, peppermint, green tea and more can help calm your sun stressed skin by cooling it down. Using a powder or sheet face mask is a quick fix to deal with the damage. Adding it to your weekly skincare routine will soothe the irritated skin and reduce the damage drastically.
- Vitamin c
One of the best antioxidants to deal with UV damage is vitamin C with L-ascorbic being the most powerful one. L-ascorbic being defamed for its stability issues is still one of the best ingredients to reduce pigmentation and fine lines and increase the collagen and elasticity of skin. This makes your skin look youthful and brighter and revitalizes your complexion by slowly reversing the sun damage.
Retinol, also known as vitamin A is a fat-soluble ingredient that works effectively for aging skin. It retexturizes damaged skin, increases cell turnover and collagen production reduce the sign of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. It also addresses other issues such as uneven skin tone, dark spots on the skin, acne and unclog pores. Retinol can be a little irritable on the skin and for that reason we recommend starting with pea sized amount in the lowest percentage. It is advisable to never use it with chemical or physical exfoliants as it could be a bit too harsh for the skin.
- Chemical exoliants
Chemical exfoliants such as glycolic, mandelic, lactic or salicylic acid help speed up the process of skin renewal or cell turnover. They exfoliate the skin which reveals the new smooth skin from underneath. This skin is highly sensitive and needs to be protected by using a good moisturizer and sunscreen. Chemical peels are nothing but higher percentage of chemical exfoliants which might not make it suitable for sensitive skin and should be avoided.
It can take years of sun damage to permanently damage the skin. However it is never too late to address the issues as the right ingredient can definitely reverse the damage up to a certain level and improve the overall appearance and prevent it from any damage in the future.