So you have noticed that you have the telltale signs of sun damage. You have discoloration, red lines, wrinkles and maybe even a skin tag or a scaly patch. It’s time to take action. Depending on the severity of your sun damage and your personal goals, you can reverse the damage the sun’s UV rays have done and you can prevent future damage.
1. Exfoliate – Removing the dead skin cells and the top layer of skin can help you regain some of your skin’s texture and tightness. It can also even out your skin tone and take steps toward getting rid of discoloration and dry patches. You can choose between at home exfoliation treatments like peels and microdermabrasion. Retin-A and alpha hydroxy acids are topical treatments that help exfoliate and repair skin.
2. In-office treatments – Visit your dermatologist for professional microdermabrasion, chemical peels or LED light therapy. The light therapy works to stimulate collagen which can be destroyed by the sun’s rays. When collagen is destroyed your skin loses elasticity and you get to enjoy wrinkles and sagging. The LED light therapy stimulates collagen production which can tighten your skin and reverse sun damage.
3. Sunscreen – Starting today, begin wearing at least an SPF 30 sunscreen on your face and neck. If you have thinning hair or bald patches, then protect the skin on your head too.