Not only does autumn mean getting back to work and cooler temperatures, it’s also usually when you first notice new dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles that result from summer skin damage.
UV rays from sun exposure are your skin’s worst enemy. Sun damage happens throughout our lives – and all year round. It’s important to always protect your skin to not only avoid the damage and preserve your skin tone, but also to minimize the chance of skin cancers.
4 Ways to Start Repairing Summer Skin Damage
In addition to sun protection, taking steps to repair the existing damage will help strengthen your skin to make it more resilient to UV light. And it has the welcome side-effect of making your skin look its best too.
- Start Using SPF Skin Care Products – You should use an SPF daily, all year-round, rain or shine. One of the worst things for sun-damaged skin is more sun exposure. SPF is your skin’s best defence against UV rays.
- Look for Products with Vitamin A (Retinol) and Antioxidants – Retinol is an anti-aging compound that helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, blood vessel growth and better skin tone. UV exposure triggers the formation of free radicals in your skin. Free radicals damage your skin cells and are responsible for much of the sun damage you see. Antioxidants stop free radicals from doing their dirty work.
- Facial Treatments -You will give your damage-repair efforts a good start with a professional facial treatment to clean, exfoliate and massage the skin.
- Advanced Facial Treatments – These are the ultimate in skin-damage repair. Procedures like microneedling, laser treatments and photo facials get below the skin to stimulate your body’s own healing power and the production of skin-strengthening proteins, like collagen and elastin.
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