There’s no easy way to say this – the sun is not your friend when it comes to keeping your skin looking young and wrinkle free! Even on the most overcast day, UVA and UVB rays from the sun attack our skin, causing damage not only on the surface but deep below at a cellular level. The result is skin that is dry and prematurely aged, marked with areas of hyperpigmentation (commonly known as age spots). Fortunately, there are steps we can take to protect our skin and reverse the signs of damage that has already occurred.
SPF in Everything
One of the best ways of protecting your skin against sun damage is to make sure your skincare products contain SPF. Many good quality moisturizers will provide SPF protection but the actual levels can vary so always check to make sure you’re getting the right amount for your skin type. For most people, SPF 30 is sufficient, which is the amount contained in the Solvaderm moisturizer Dermaxol. For added protection, use a foundation that also provides SPF in its formula, whether it’s a tinted moisturizer or full-cover base.
Go Under Cover
It may seem like a no-brainer but one of the easiest ways to ward off sun damage is by simply not exposing your skin in the first place. Of course, this is easier said than done when it comes to our facial skin. As tempting as it may be to soak up the sun it can result in long-lasting damage and accelerated aging. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat is a stylish way to shield your face from the sun and, as a bonus, even prevent the tops of your ears from becoming burned!
Skin that has already sustained a certain amount of sun damage may need extra treatment in the form of a serum that can really double down on restoring cells and neutralize free radicals. The Solvaderm product Exelagene contains botanical extracts and peptides that provide protection and inhibit the formation of sunburn cells. In addition to this, it can actually boost the skin’s defense system, making it more resilient and able to withstand further damage.