Healing sun skin damage


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There are only few people who don't like the light and the warmth of the sun. The sun can be our best friend (helps the production of Vitamin D for example), but on the other hand it can be one of our worst enemies because skin damage is caused by improper exposure to the sun. A woman in her 50s, who has protected herself against the sun, will look visible younger than one who hasn't use any protection.

One of the long term effects of sun damage is photoageing. That means the forming of fine wrinkles, discolouration, pigmented spots and textural changes of the epidermis, which becomes thinner and it is not able to hold onto water (that's why the skin will have a dry aspect). All these transformations take place because sun radiation damages the skin antioxidant system and increases the number of free radicals which are responsible for deteriorating the integrity of the skin cells by disintegrating the collagen and braking the elastin. Another effect is photocarcinogenesis (which develops into skin cancer).

Of course itís better to prevent the sun damage by using sunscreen products with SPF 15 (or more), wearing adequate clothes and sunglasses with certified protection from UVA and UVB radiation, not sunbathing between 11am and 4 pm.

But if your skin is already damaged, the only option is to try to heal it. Here are some tips that may help you accomplish your purpose:

  1. Start protecting your skin properly, especially the affected parts, with a good sunscreen product.
  2. Moisturize your skin and drink plenty of water.
  3. Don't aggravate the damages by smoking and not sleeping enough.
  4. Try to stay inside during the middle of the day.
  5. You may use products based on retinoids, alpha or beta hydroxy acids, vitamins A, C, E.
  6. Get professional advice from a plastic surgeon or a dermatologist if you are thinking of injected fillers (collagen or fat), Botox injections, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing.

You don't have to give up completely to expose yourself to sun (after all, there are also some benefits here), but you have to protect yourself against the potential damages; and the sooner you start, the more your skin will thank you later.

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