Wrinkles, brown spots and dry, leathery skin doesn’t have to be your lot. Protecting yourself from the sun is essential going forward, but there are some steps you can take to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin, sometimes quite dramatically.
Improving the appearance of sun-damaged skin
- Exfoliate from time to time – the outer layer of skin (stratum corneum) can slough off unevenly in day-to-day life, so every so often, give yourself a good scrub down. Use a loofah, scrub, or alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) product, or use an exfoliating glove over the whole body, but concentrate on drier areas like elbows and knees. Don’t over-exfoliate though – your skin needs its natural oily protection for moisturising and sealing the skin from the outside world.
- Bleaches – changing the colour of sun-damaged skin can help to improve its appearance. This can work well for pigmentation or brown spots.
- Stay hydrated – We know – you know – but still. Hydrated cells plump up and can make your skin appear more youthful and supple. Try it!
- Special plumping moisturisers – some moisturisers contain ingredients found in dermal fillers to plump up dry skin, and over time, potentially increase collagen production. This means the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be diminished.
- Dermal fillers – dermal fillers can, over time, improve skin texture and appearance, by not only plumping out the skin so it appears more youthful, but actually improving collagen production. Read more about dermal fillers
- Light-emitting diode (LED) therapy – LED therapy uses low-energy light sources that can help encourage collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Read more about LED therapy for your skin
- Laser treatments – there are an array of lasers that effectively improve the texture and appearance of skin, for removing scars, blotches, spots, and fine lines. This might be used with a topical solution for best results. Read more about laser treatments for sun-damaged skin
Most skin damage and signs of ageing are caused by the sun, and are cumulative, so once you get your treatments, it’s important to stop the damage in its tracks by wearing a high-SPF sunscreen and always wearing clothing and a hat that covers your skin.
See a dermatologist for great treatments that are effective at improving the appearance of your skin. A good dermatologist will get the best out of what you’ve got.
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