Sun damage is one of the most common causes of skin ageing and skin cancer. Exposure to UV rays can cause damage to the skin cells and lead to premature ageing, wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. Fortunately, there are several ways to protect your skin from the sun and to heal any damage that may have already occurred. Here are some tips to help prevent and heal sun damage.
- Use Sunscreen
One of the most effective ways to prevent sun damage is to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF. Apply it generously to all exposed areas of your skin, including your face, neck, and hands. Reapply every two hours, or more often if you are swimming or sweating.
- Wear Protective Clothing
Wearing protective clothing such as a wide-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and pants can help shield your skin from the sun's harmful rays. Look for clothes made with UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) fabric that blocks UV rays.
- Avoid Peak Sun Hours
The sun's rays are strongest between 10 am and 4 pm, so it's best to avoid being in direct sunlight during these hours. If you need to be outside, try to stay in the shade or use an umbrella to create your own shade.
- Use Antioxidants
Antioxidants can help protect your skin from sun damage and promote healing. Look for products that contain vitamins C and E, which are potent antioxidants. They can help reduce inflammation and repair damage caused by UV rays.
Dehydrated skin is more prone to sun damage, so it's important to keep your skin hydrated. Drink plenty of water and use a hydrating moisturiser to keep your skin moisturised.
- Use Aloe Vera
Aloe vera has long been known for its healing properties, and it can help soothe and heal sun-damaged skin. Apply aloe vera gel to your skin after sun exposure to help reduce inflammation and promote healing. Cell Soother also contains MSM which allows the skin to become more pliable and permeable. This can stop the blistering that often occurs following severe sunburn. MSM can also help speed up the healing process for damage caused to skin by both the sun and the wind.
Exfoliating your skin can help remove dead skin cells and promote the growth of new, healthy cells. This can help reduce the appearance of sun damage and promote healing. Use a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week to help keep your skin healthy.