When it comes to summer, you’d be forgiven for wanting to sit outside and merrily sip on a grapefruit cocktail or two all day long. But sadly, it’s a sure-fire way to sun damage. Protecting our skin from the harsh Aussie UV rays is a tough job, which is why so many of us end up with sun damaged skin.
To help navigate the minefield that is sun protection and sun damage prevention, we spoke to an expert to find out exactly what you could be doing. Here, Dalia Stoddard, Vice President of Product Development for Rodan + Fields – an innovative skincare company founded by world-renowned dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields – reveals the best skin care tips for dealing with sun damage.
What causes sun damage?
According to Dalia, sun exposure has been found to cause sun damage, leading to brown spots, wrinkles and overall skin discolouration. “Wearing an SPF cream and protective clothing such as long sleeves, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses to stay protected during the sunny summer months is crucial to preventing damage caused from sun exposure,” explains Dalia. “What people don’t realize is the importance of adding an SPF cream into a daily skin care routine all year, regardless of the season.”
Can you reverse sun damage to skin?
“There are many steps you can take to help improve the appearance of the skin,” says Dalia. “While a single miracle ingredient, unfortunately, does not exist, there are ingredients we put in the greatest hits category.” Her favourites? Exfoliants, Retinol, Peptides and, of course, sunscreen.
Prevention is key with sun damage. However, there are ways to help reverse the visible damage caused by sun exposure. “By implementing a skin care routine and using it with consistency, alongside an SPF cream, you can improve the appearance of past sun damage and help prevent more from happening in the future,”
Dalia’s top skin care tip: “Use a clinically tested regimen, like Rodan + Fields’ REVERSE, that targets the appearance of brown spots, dullness and discolouration by brightening the skin for a more even-looking complexion.”
How does the Rodan + Fields Reverse Regimen target and repair the signs of sun damage?
“The REVERSE Regimen is powered by Multi-Step Science – the right ingredients, in the right formulations, in the right order – to help provide the best visible results,” explains Dalia. “The REVERSE Regimen helps to address the dull appearance of sun damaged skin by clearing away dead, dulling and discoloured skin cells,” says Dalia. “This allows the skin to better absorb brightening ingredients such as Vitamin C and Retinol into the uppermost layer of the skin, leaving it more even and radiant.”
Flick through our gallery to learn more about the products in the Rodan + Fields REVERSE Regimen.