Wrinkles, brown spots, and even cancerous skin growths are just a few of the consequences of excessive sun exposure. It’s one of the quickest ways to prematurely age your skin- especially facial skin, as it’s thinner and more sensitive than most of the skin on the rest of your body.
Although it’s impossible to truly reverse the damage that’s already been done, it is possible to correct the appearance of the outermost layer of your skin. Below are the most effective ways to rejuvenate sun-damaged skin:
- Chemical peels using retinoic acid, TCA, phenol, or alpha hydroxyl acid will exfoliate facial skin and minimize the appearance of any brown spots, roughness, or wrinkles caused by sun damage. It also helps encourage collagen production! This treatment works best on those with fair skin. ZendyHealth can help you save up to 80% on a chemical peel with a qualified dermatologist.
- Over-the-counter products that contain beta carotene or specific antioxidants such as vitamins A, E, and C come in the form of creams and ointments, and can help thicken and smooth the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Look for products that also contain glycolic acid or retinol, which help correct discoloration and even fine lines.
- Retinoids are prescription skin products that contain a more concentrated form of retinol, and some brands are even FDA-approved as skin-damage fighters! However, you may experience increased sensitivity to the sun as well as minor irritation.
You can also prevent any more damage to your skin by taking preventative measures to protect yourself from UV rays, such as:
- Use broad-spectrum sunscreen (with an SPF of 30+) on all exposed skin
- Re-apply after you go to the gym or the pool
- Stay out of tanning beds
- Stay hydrated- not just with water, but with plenty of moisturizer for your skin
- Wear protective clothing when spending time outside in the sun