How do you repair sun-damaged skin?

Some medical experts will agree that sun exposure is one of the largest culprits when it comes to the breakdown of normal skin structures. Photoaging is the result of overexposure to UV light, over one’s lifetime. Protecting against ultraviolet light is one of the most beneficial acts you can take daily when supporting your skin, and can help you prevent issues with pigmentation, premature aging, and photodamage.

Are freckles sun damage? How does one get rid of sun damage on the face? How does one repair sun-damaged skin on the chest? What is photoaging?

The questions surrounding sun damaged skin are plenty, and for good reason. Unfortunately, addressing sun damaged skin has been greatly ignored in the skin care industry, especially regarding issues such as sun damage on the chest, sun damage resulting in small white spots on the skin, and what to use for sun-damaged skin. Let’s do a deep dive. 

Sun damage of the skin is caused by an overexposure to the sun without protection. The Sun emits what are called UV (ultra-violet) rays. These solar rays affect the skin by penetrating the dermis, which causes cells called melanocytes to create a pigment called melanin, which is synthesized to prevent sun damage and protect the skin. Melanin are basically pigment, and the result of sun damaged skin can either come as hyperpigmentation (dark spots), or the absence of melanin completely (hypopigmentation), otherwise known as little white spots. 

But sun damaged skin can also manifest as premature aging. Increased UV exposure breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin, increasing wrinkling and fine lines, the signs of premature aging. Photoaging, (another word for sun damaged skin) also causes oxidative stress on the skin, which requires more vitamins and nutrients to help the skin recover and rebuild. 

Here at Doctor Cosmedical, protecting against sun damage and reversing sun damaged skin starts with protection. Our SmartShield Broad Spectrum SPF 47 is formulated with non-toxic sunscreen agents, which include zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which help to deflect the sun’s rays as opposed to absorbing them. This super smart formula also protects against blue light, and even pollution. 

But what about repairing sun damaged skin naturally? Well, you’re in luck! Our Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid Serum infuses the antioxidant powers of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, and vitamin E, paired with a peptide complex, to reverse the signs of aging and repair sun damaged skin. 

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