5 tips to reverse sun damage

5 tips to reverse sun damage

Think you have to forever suffer the consequences of sunbaking? Sun damage isn’t only skin deep, but you can reverse the damage. Claire Mason from Integrity Paramedical Skin Practitioners shares how.

By Claire Mason | 26th June 2015

Winter is the best time to reverse our summer skin sun kisses. UV radiation alters the actual DNA of our skin cells, but you can halt the process! You may be a pro when it comes to protecting your skin now, but you could still have plenty of sun damage left over from hours running around the school yard in your youth.

Unfortunately, sun damage isn't only skin-deep. UV radiation alters the actual DNA of your skin cells and causes lines, wrinkles, discolouration, and even cancer. Every minute you're out in the sun, your body registers it. But, here's a ray of (UV-free) light: you can reverse the damage! Whenever you start protecting yourself from the sun, you will stop the process of additional damage and start to reverse, to some extent, what you've already accumulated.

Throw in this five-step treatment to reverse sun damage, and you will be well on your way to some serious skin recovery:

Step 1: Cleanse and exfoliate the right way

You want to smooth your skin to create brightness and lustre, and chemical exfoliation is the best way to do just that. Chemical exfoliation dissolves dead skin cells instead of scrubbing them off (usually unevenly) the way buffers and granule cleansers do.

Step 2: Beat brown spots

Rid yourself of those brown splotches! Laser and/or IPL will have the end effect of lightening the brown areas of your skin, and will remove it slowly over time.

Step 3: Dab serum

Stop the nasty brown spots forming. Do so by improving the skin's uneven production of melanin (brown pigment) that your skin churns out when it tries to fight UV. Special serums are brilliant for targeting the cells deep in the skin and help block colour from being produced.

Step 4: Burn no more

To maintain your results, use broad spectrum sunscreen (meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays) every day. To maximize protection, apply it 20 minutes before exposure and reapply at least every two hours.

Step 5: Arm yourself with antioxidants

Antioxidants help protect your skin's DNA to help prevent cancer while also protecting the collagen and elastic tissue from free radicals that can cause wrinkles and sagging skin. Though eating antioxidant-rich foods is important, you should also apply creams and serums, with additional antioxidants that the skin can absorb directly. Stable Vitamin C is best for reducing uneven brown pigmentation, but you can't go wrong with any type of antioxidant. And since antioxidants won't do dead skin cells any good, follow Step 1 and cleanse and exfoliate. (Sorry — I just had to say it again!)

Integrity Paramedical Skin Practitioners
www.integrityskin.com.au

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Article by Claire Mason

Claire is the founder of Integrity Paramedical Skin Practitioners in Brisbane. When she is not in the clinic educating clients on optimum skin health she’s exploring Brisbane’s outdoor scenery with her three adorable pooches Timi, Mimi and Sammy or investigating Instagram for new eateries, trendy fashion hubs and health tips.

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