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5 Tips for Recovering from Summer Sun Damage

Posted August 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

Summer is coming to an end, and while your tan looks great, those all day sun sessions may have taken a toll. Signs of sun damage may include dryness, prolonged redness, new freckles or moles, dull appearance and under-eye circles. Over time, sun exposure can lead to premature signs of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

1. Exfoliate

Start with a clean slate! Being out in the sun all summer has most likely left you with an accumulation of layers of dead skin, giving your face a dull complexion. Using a gentle exfoliant 2-3 times per week to slough off dead skin cells will help to restore your skin’s natural radiance and glow.

2. Moisturize

Use a non-comedogenic moisturizer daily and drink plenty of water to restore your skin’s natural hydration. Use aloe vera to help with burning and to restore moisture. Aloe has natural anti-inflammatory properties, and has been shown to help burn patients heal nine days faster on average.

3. Protect

The most important (and often overlooked) component of an anti-aging regimen for your skin is the daily use of sunscreen. The sunscreen should be at least SPF 30 and protect against both the UVA and UVB spectrums.

4. Watch Your Diet

Several different foods will benefit your skin and help restore damage. Including soy in your diet aids in smoothing and moisturizing the skin, improving its overall tone. Antioxidant rich foods fight free-radical damage from the sun, working to repair previous damage and protecting against future damage.

5. Get Some Rest

Sufficient sleep is essential for healthy skin cell growth and repair, because it prompts skin cells to restore themselves and encourages the body to rebuild collagen. Getting at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep per night can maintain a healthy level of cell turnover and slowly diminish the signs of sun damage.

Still need more help? 

For excessive or prolonged sun damage or additional aesthetic enhancement, various cosmetic procedures may be an option. These include Chemical Peels, Laser Treatments, and Microdermabrasion for toning and resurfacing the skin, and Fillers and Collagen Stimulators for treating signs of aging that sun damage may accelerate, such as fine lines and wrinkles.

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