How-to: reduce your summer sun damage
Despite our best efforts, it can sometimes be hard to protect our skin from an Australian summer. Even the most UV-conscious are bound to be caught out at some point, resulting in unsightly sun damage. The good news is, coming in to winter gives you a chance to refresh, revive and rejuvenate your skin. Here’s the lowdown on four sun-related skin concerns and the way to start reducing them.
Concern: Dull skin
A long summer in the sun is likely to result in a build-up of dead skin cells, leaving you with an uneven skin tone and a dull, lifeless complexion. In order to begin your rejuvenating skin care journey, you’ll need to remove these older cells so that the new, healthy ones can shine through.
Treatment: Exfoliate away
Using a good exfoliator is an essential step in correcting the dull appearance of skin that’s been exposed to the sun. Choose a gentle one such as Natio Ageless Dual Action Cleanser and Exfoliator, which contains organic rosehip oil and orange extract to purify and stimulate cell renewal.
Concern: Broken capillaries
A highly common skin concern, broken capillaries are small veins below the skin that have dilated and become visible, appearing as streaks or blotches. Excessive sun exposure, while not the sole cause of this unsightly skin concern, has been shown to exacerbate it.
Treatment: Try vitamin B
Unfortunately, broken capillaries can be quite difficult to repair. Laser treatment can be effective, but for a more natural approach, try using a targeted face cream containing Vitamin B. DMK Red Vein Crème is a great starting point, assisting in the reduction of swollen veins and strengthening capillary walls.
Concern: Dark spots/pigmentation
Often the result of prolonged sun exposure, dark spots and pigmentation are one of the most hated skin concerns. They are caused by excess melanin production, which produces localised patches of unsightly colour.
Treatment: Apply a serum
Applying a serum designed to address sun damage will help fade the appearance of dark spots and discolouration. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector contains five brightening ingredients including ascorbyl glucoside, a potent vitamin C derivative that helps reduce the appearance of existing dark spots.
Concern: Fine wrinkles
In addition to causing pigmentation, sun exposure can also damage your skin’s elastin, resulting in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Over time, these can deepen and become difficult to treat.
Treatment: Use an overnight cream
Using a night cream will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles when they first appear. Ideal for skin with sun damage and discolouration, Mirenesse Power Lift Wrinkle Zero Night Renewal Booster Cream combines peptide GF6 complex and pure lipid vitamin C to help correct and refine facial lines and wrinkles while you sleep.
Do you suffer from a post-summer skin concern? Which product do you think you need the most?