The sun feels so good and there are plenty of benefits to soaking up natural Vitamin D on a regular basis. However, the sun gives off ultraviolet (UV) light that damages your skin over time. Exposure to UV light is the primary reason for skin aging. Don’t fear, as there are treatments for sun damage which will be outlined in this blog post.
Treatments for sun damaged skin:
- Focus on healing the skin from the inside out with healthy foods rich in antioxidants, healthy fatty acids and nutrients. Increase water intake and steer away from dehydrating beverages.
- Hydrating the skin in the morning and evening with a replenishing skin moisturizer can help lock in hydration and replenish the skin’s moisture barrier.
- For adults only, skin products that contain glycolic acid can soften dark spots caused by the sun.
- Also for adults, creams or serums with Retinol help diminish wrinkles and accelerate the skin’s ability to shed damaged, pigmented skin. These products should be used at night only to avoid exposure to sun.
- More aggressive professional treatments for adults include chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and laser therapy, which can remove the outermost layer of the skin to expose new, healthier skin. Always consult with a dermatologist to assess which is best for your skin type beforehand.
While these suggestions should help, as much as possible, use SPF (see previous blog post), and avoid getting sun burned to keep your skin healthy for the long-term!