How to Treat Sun Damage
Now that summer has come to an end it’s common to reminisce about the days of laying out in the sun and swimming in the beautiful oceans. The sun brings so much joy and happiness when you’re protecting yourself properly, which so many people forget to do.
Do you remember the last time you were sun-burned for not wearing SPF? It was definitely more than a couple times. Seeing the sun is inevitable- we know you can't avoid it therefore, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you treat sun damage. The sun causes premature aging such as sunspots, wrinkles, sagging and much more. Many people assume the physical attributes of aging come naturally although 90% of aging is caused by the sun.
We can't go back in time to revert our poor choices of slathering tanning oil to cook outside or forgetting to reapply your SPF. Despite our poor choices, with the right skincare routine we can leave our mistakes in the past.
1) Wear Your Sunscreen
All day and everyday babes. It doesn’t matter whether it’s cloudy, snowing or raining just wear your SPF. The sun’s rays and made up of both UVA/UVB damage. UVB rays target the superficial layer on our skin aka where the sun exposure is the most visibly obvious whether it’s when we burn or tan. UVA rays leave us with the damage that we see later on such as sun spots and premature aging (wrinkles, sagging skin etc). UVA rays penetrate into your skin’s thickest layer therefore, whether it’s cloudy or snowing, you are still getting UVA damage.
2) Exfoliation is your Best Friend
When we say exfoliate we don’t mean rubbing your skin with the grittiest product you can find. Chemical exfoliants such as acids and enzymes will help increase your cell turnover to reveal new radiant skin. Increasing cell turnover means tackling issues of sun damage. We love incorporating enzymes into our everyday skincare routine because it is non abrasive yet works miracles by eating away at your dead skin. For more of an intensive treatment it's best to stick a blend of AHA's (tackles above surface issues) and BHA's (tackles below surface issues) that you can add into your routine 1-2x a week.
3) Load Up On Antioxidants
Antioxidants are not just delicious in your smoothies but do wonders for your skin – they help stop free radical damage. We recommend looking out for ingredients with vitamin c , reservratrol and retinol as they are powerful in aiding in reversing and protecting your skin from premature aging.