The sun is not everyone’s friend. Especially here in Australia, the harmful UV rays in sunlight can damage your skin so quickly. Sometimes you don’t even realise it’s happening. Sun damage is the cumulative effect of exposure to the sun and it can be lethal.
However, it is possible to reverse sun damage and restore your skin to a healthy, even tone.
But first a little science to help you understand how it happens, and what happens to your skin.
What is sun damage?
Sun damage is the result of the skin’s exposure to the sun over a period of time, and not necessarily from sun burn. It affects the deeper layers of the dermis, causing inflammation in the skin. Melanocytes are activated as a protective mechanism to the skin, to protect against ultraviolet radiation.
UV radiation can cause damage in the cells. Different skin will react in different ways. The most common signs of sun damage are pigment or dark spots, dehydration, broken capillaries and uneven skin tone and diffused redness. In some instances, damage to the skin cells can trigger cancer.
It’s also important to remember that if there is damage to the DNA of the cells, when the skin cells start turning over, the skin will keep producing more damaged cells.
In short, sun damaged skin won’t repair itself.
So, what are the best products to use to bring sun damaged skin back to life?
The best way to repair is with anti-free radicals, such as vitamins. One of the best at repairing damaged cells is gluconolactone, a polyhydroxy acid with a range of unique benefits. Not only does it neutralise skin-damaging free radicals, and helps stimulate and generate healthy cell production, it also hydrates the skin, and can be used on all skin types.
Ferulic acid has strong antioxidant properties, which is ideal for repairing DNA damage and reversing signs of photo ageing. It is also helps with uneven skin tone, pigmentation and dehydrated skin.
Research has found that caviar is rich in amino acids, vitamins and anti-oxidants, all vital for the repair and rejuvenation of skin cells. There are also studies that have shown caviar may prevent inflammation in the skin as well as provide protection against sun damage too.
Retinol – also known as vitamin A – is essential for normal skin cell development, while helping to even skin tone and also reversing the signs of sun damage. It also helps with water retention in the skin.
So…. What are the best products to start treating sun damage today?
This four step pack is prefect for treating sun damaged skin easily and effectively.
- Cleanse with either all in one cleanse and peel or micellar water cleanse and peel, which both contain gluconolactone and sodium lactate, which improves water levels in the skin.
- Follow with monsoon mist which neutralises free radical damage and sodium lactate for lifting water levels.
- pha activator– a night activator designed to reduce pigmentation for a smooth, radiant complexion. It also contains Hexyl resorcinol, which also works on pigment to lighten dark patches and protect the skin against further damage.
- Now that you’ve done the work to get your skin on the road to recovery, protect it with all-day shield, a chemical free, SPF 50+ with ferulic acid and a natural sunscreen based on red algae extract, the most powerful UV-absorbing ingredient. With a light and refreshing texture, it will ensure you are protected from further photo ageing and DNA damage.
And remember, if you are unsure which products are best for your skin, book a free skin analysis with on or our experts via video consultation today.
Or call us on 1300 432 100 today to chat with us. We’d love to help you.