Summer Recovery: How to Repair Sun Damaged Skin

As warm weather is ending and we are headed to cooler temperatures, you may have started noticing ways the sun impacted you this summer. Even if you used all protection methods this summer, it is easy to get more sun than we mean to. Whether you are dealing with hyperpigmentation or clogged pores, there are plenty of ways too much summer sun can cause damage to our skin. But don’t worry! We have some treatments that can help repair your sun damaged skin. Here are some of the best ways to get back to your glowing, healthy skin in no time.

How to Minimize Sun Damage

Before we get started on how to remove those sunspots, it is important to point out that continuing your use of a daily SPF is vital to prevent further damage. While you may be diligent about applying sunscreen in the summer months, it’s just as important to continue using sunscreen in the winter. Even though the sun’s rays may feel weaker in the colder months, they can still do damage to your skin. And while you may not see the effects right away, over time, this cumulative damage will lead to premature aging.

So how can you protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays? The best way is to use a daily sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. And while you may be tempted to skip sunscreen on days when you’re not spending much time outside, it’s important to apply every day, even if you’re just running errands or taking a walk around the block. If you’re looking for a good daily sunscreen, my two recommendations are the Elta MD clear if you want a clear option or Revision’s True Physical if you prefer a tinted SPF.

Treating Hyperpigmentation/Best Sunspot Removal Treatment

Microneedling is a great treatment for reducing hyperpigmentation and sunspot removal. It can be done on your face, as well as your neck and chest. Microneedling involves using fine needles to create micro channels in the skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing process, which helps to improve the appearance of pigmentation, scars, and wrinkles. Additionally, the treatments help to stimulate collagen production, which can improve skin elasticity and give the skin a more youthful appearance. For best results, I recommend booking a skin consult first so that we can assess your skin goals and see how many treatments will give the best results.

Skincare Recommendation for Sun-Damaged Skin

One of the best ways to treat sun-damaged skin is to switch to skincare products that will specifically treat your skin’s needs. For instance, the Brightening Facial Wash will help with hyperpigmentation and make dull damaged skin more youthful looking. Glycolic acid, which is an ingredient in the cleanser, is great for removing dead skin cells and improving skin texture. Another great product to use at nighttime, if you are looking for sunspot removal, is the DEJ Night Cream with Retinol. Retinol helps to soften the look of fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin tone. It can also help with clogged pores by increasing cell turnover. Lastly, incorporating a pigment targeting serum is a great way to improve hyperpigmentation. Melaclear Advanced is the newest pigment-correcting gel serum. This Serum reduces pronounced dark spots and hyperpigmentation, and limits the appearance of new spots for lasting luminosity.

However, if you want to step it up a notch, schedule an office visit. We can take a look at your skin and prescribe something stronger, if needed, like a prescription Tretinoin. 

Sun damage is no joke – but luckily, there are plenty of treatments available to help reverse its effects. By implementing products containing glycolic acid and retinol, you can help treat hyperpigmentation and clogged pores. And if you are wanting something stronger, book an office visit to discuss microneedling and prescription options. With a little TLC, you will be back to your glowing skin in no time!

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