Now that summer is coming to an end, we have some tips to help reverse the damage that has already been done by the sun.
“Unfortunately, sun damage isn’t only skin-deep. UV radiation alters the actual DNA of your skin cells, causing lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and even cancer,” according to www.today.com. Fortunately you have the ability to prevent further damage and even begin to reverse the harm, including damage from your youth when you begin to protect yourself from the sun.
The first step in shielding yourself from the sun is to exfoliate the proper way. The best option is chemical exfoliation because it disintegrates dead skin cells as opposed to scrubbing them off when using other cleansers and buffers. “When choosing a chemical exfoliant, opt for a product with a 5 percent to 8 percent concentration of glycolic acid, like BeautyRX Daily Exfoliating Therapy Serum,” according to www.today.com.
If you have brown spots caused by the sun, it is necessary to remove them. Brown pigment on your skin means there is an unbalanced amount of melanin being produced when your skin is attempting to combat UV radiation. In order to remove the spots, use skin bleach, it is not as serious as it sounds and you can find over the counter products such as Murad Age Spot & Pigment Gel available at Sephora.
In order to continue protecting yourself from further damage, apply sunscreen everyday. The FDA suggests using products labeled as broad spectrum with an SPF of 15 or higher.
Antioxidants aid in shielding your skin’s DNA to avoid cancer and also help preserve collagen and elastic tissue to prevent wrinkles. Dr. Neal Schultz, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist based in New York City suggests the use of antioxidant-rich topical creams every night. “Vitamin C-based antioxidants are best for reducing uneven brown pigmentation, but you can’t go wrong with any type of antioxidant,” according to Schultz.
The Shaw Center spa offers an array of facial peels that aid in the treatment of sun damage such as the Sense Peel. Come in for a consultation today!