You either came of age at a time when the only sun lotion you took to the beach was Reef Oil or you spent most of your time outdoors.
The bad news is that sun damage isn’t just superficial; UV radiation alters the DNA of your skin. So along with those fine lines, wrinkles and sun spots, the chances of developing skin cancer is also much higher.
But you probably already knew that, so here’s what you can do to help repair sun-damaged skin.
1. Use a chemical exfoliator.
Instead of buffing or stripping the skin with a granular exfoliant, chemical exfoliators dissolve dead skin cells. And those dead skin cells are holding the brown pigment (hyperpigmentation and sun spots) that has accumulated over years of sun exposure. A product with a 5-8% concentration of glycolic acid is going to be the most effective.
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2. Treat brown spots.
Aside from using a chemical exfoliant, a brightening product will help treat dark spots, pigmentation and skin discolouration.
A brightening serum or spot treatment product works to stop the uneven production of melanin (brown pigment). The active ingredient you want in a treatment product is hydroquinone (2%).
If you’ve already seen some signs of sun damage ageing your skin, you are probably all over the sunscreen application.