Avoid and treat sun damaged skin
Some love summers, some hate summer, but it is that time of the year which provides us ample opportunities to stay outdoors and enjoy the long sunny days. But this enjoyment comes at a price and it is your skin that takes the toll. Sun exposure subjects your skin to sun damage, but on the same note, avoiding the outdoors altogether is both impractical and nearly impossible. Sun damage can lead to premature aging of skin, wrinkles, marks, dry skin, even skin cancer over time. The hottest season of the year requires careful thought for your skin even as you enjoy the heat and freedom of summer.
Though a little sunshine is required to soak in some vitamins, but the harmful UV rays can be the worst enemy for your skin. The UV rays cause the supportive collagen structure to break down and elastic fibres to weaken, leading to sagging. By practicing careful sun protection year-round, you can prevent further sun damage. Thus, taking preventative measures is crucial in keeping your skin in a good condition.
Sunscreen: The end of summer does not mean the end of your sunscreen routine. Up to 80 percent of UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover which is why applying sunscreen is essential even during winter season. This will help prevent further damage to the skin. Choose a mineral, natural sun protection cream.
Diet: A diet rich in anti-oxidants help reverse sun damage by fighting against the free radicals that cause damage to the skin cells. Ingredients such as berries, citrus fruits and vegetables protect the skin against sun induced allergies and damages. Also, the consumption of green tea helps neutralise free radicals and can even help in preventing wrinkles.
Indulge in face repair masks containing ingredients such as Arbutin which relieves the skin off the damage, vitamin C extracts that help in even skin tone. Argan oil is also a beneficial ingredient that reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Skin care regime:
Besides the regular cleansing-toning-moisturising ritual, exfoliation helps in smoothening the skin. Exfoliants remove old, dry, dead skin cells, toxins and other deposits and allow new skin cells to surface. . Additionally, incorporating a night cream will enhance the damage reversal process by healing damaged skin. Look out for natural face creams to nourish your skin.
Depending on the damage induced by the sun, choose skin care products that effectively tackle the issues. Use a natural moisturiser to ensure a soothing effect on your skin.