If only we’d known when we were 20 what we know now about the ageing effect of the sun on our skin, we’d all have less wrinkles and pigmentation.
We can’t turn back time, but there are ways to ‘mend’ a lot of the sun damage we have inflicted on our skin.
Here are our top sun damage skin repair suggestions
Peel away sun damage
When you tan your skin, you are actually damaging it. And, the small brown marks and freckles left behind as your tan fades are signs that the damage has not healed. Fortunately, there are treatments to address this type of pigmentation damage. A course of skin peels will fade or even eliminate pigmentation, restoring smoother, even-toned skin.
Peels come in various strengths. Gentler peels will treat the condition over time, while the strongest medical peels – which can only be performed by a doctor – will give more dramatic, instant results.
The extent of damage to the skin and the amount of downtime acceptable will determine which peel is right for you. Find out more about skin peels…
Vitamin A cure
Vitamin A can help reverse some of the signs of ageing. But it is not just any-old vitamin A, so don’t go reaching for your supplements and expect better skin. It is vitamin A in the form of topical retinol that you need. In high enough strengths, which can only be obtained from medical clinics, retinol has been shown to reverse the signs of ageing – many of which are caused by UV rays from the sun. Retinol boosts collagen production and restores youthful plumpness to skin while minimising or even erasing fine lines and wrinkles. It will also help with pigmentation issues. We recommend retinol from ZO or glo therapeutics for their strength and delivery systems. Read more about ZO and glo…
Resurfacing skin with a laser removes the outermost layers of sun-damaged and wrinkled skin. After healing time, the new skin layer will look significantly younger and smoother. Read more about laser resurfacing…
Sounds strange, but making small wounds to the skin actually helps it to heal and improve itself. This is where microneedling comes in. Microneedling creates tiny punctures in the skin, which activates fibroblast cells to produce collagen and elastin (the main building blocks of the skin). The treatment resurfaces the skin, improving signs of sun damage, and can give results similar to laser resurfacing. Read more about microneedling…
Skin lightening creams
Topical skin lightening agents, containing active ingredients such as hydroquinone, can be used to fade brown marks and even out pigmentation. These preparations can be strong and should be used with the guidance of an aesthetics doctor or aesthetician.