How to Reverse Sun Damage to Skin

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Summer 2021 is almost in the books. But while the summer may be coming to a close, the damage left behind on your skin by the sun is here to stay… or is it?

Dark spots, fine lines, and other markers of sun-damaged skin are not popular summer souvenirs. And most people believe that once sun damage is sustained, it can never go away.

However, there are ways to reverse the traces of sun damage left behind on the skin. Here are a few things that can be done to help not only protect the skin from more sun damage, but also reverse sun damage that has already taken place.

Add In Some Vitamin A

Have clients whose sun protection wasn’t up to par this summer and they’re now lamenting the damage that has been done? Vitamin A, or retinol, is the way to go.
With the exception of pregnant women, anyone can use retinol, which works to increase collagen production and encourage the skin cells to turn over. This helps the skin to straighten out its sun-damaged course and reduce the signs of sun damage. Retinol also helps to improve the color, texture, and tone of skin, evening out pigment issues, and urging brown spots to fade.
The only thing to warn clients about when it comes to adding retinol to their skincare routine is that it can cause dryness for those with sensitive skin, as well as irritation and redness. Clients should start off using it only a couple of times per week. Then, if it is well-tolerated by their skin, they can increase the number of applications.

Use Niacinamide

There are many products that contain niacinamide, a potent ingredient that is a great tool for those fighting hyperpigmentation and dark spots brought on by sun damage. It not only helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but also decrease redness and improve the elasticity of the skin.
Niacinamide can be found in a variety of moisturizers and serums that can fit into any skincare routine.

Squeeze In Some Vitamin C

Vitamin C has numerous benefits to the skin, one of which is the repair of existing skin damage. How? It helps to neutralize free radicals and stimulate the production of collagen to help the skin be more supple.
Advise your clients to add it to their morning skincare routine and to put it on before any products containing sunscreen. It can also be used at night.

Prevention Is Key

Of course, the most important thing to help clients understand is that the best way to deal with sun damage is to keep it from happening in the first place.
Sunscreen should be a part of every person’s skincare routine no matter what time of year. Make sure they always have a product in their regimen that contains sunscreen, and let them know that being diligent about sun protection will not only keep things from getting worse, but also help them reverse some of the damage that has already been done.
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