If you’ve spent too much time in the sun over the years and now have photodamage, you’re not alone. Excessive UV exposure causes dryness, brown spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, blotchiness and dullness.  The sun’s heat, especially with excessive exposure over time, also depletes the skin and dries out unprotected cells. Not only does sun exposure cause visible changes in the skin, it can also result in long-term damage to the skin’s structure.

How Can I Tell If My Skin Has Sun-Damage?

Sun damage shows up in a variety of ways, including dehydration, brown spots, premature fine wrinkles, uneven skin tone and dullness. The skin gradually loses moisture over time, making it appear dry and flakey. Brown spots, blotches and hyperpigmentation happen because UV rays speed up the formation of melanin in the skin, causing its pigment to darken. Premature fine lines and wrinkles can also appear due to sun damage. Fine lines, especially in people with fair skin, become visible when UV rays reach unprotected areas and promote the formation of free radicals, damaging the skin’s elastin fibers and contributing to wrinkle formation.

What Products Should I Use To Repair Sun Damage?

Use products formulated with a dual-approach: prevention and correction. Glycolic acid is a potent anti-aging ingredient by exfoliating dull cells and encouraging cell turnover to reveal brighter, smoother, and glowing skin. Try Perfect Glycolic Cleanser and Perfect Glycolic Treatment 15% or 25% followed by a moisturizer with both hyaluronic acid and SPF to prevent future sun damage and maintain hydration. AM Daily Moisturizer SPF 45+ is formulated with hyaluronic and lactic acids as well as vitamins E and B5 for advanced anti-aging benefits. In the evening, use a gentle, yet powerful moisturizer to help repair your skin as you sleep. PM Anti-Aging Moisturizer contains anti-aging peptides, Kojic acid, vitamins C and E and CoQ10. Together, these active ingredients work to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promote skin clarity and brightness. 

These tips and product recommendations will get you started on the path to prevent and correct sun-damaged skin.  Additional questions and thoughts? Leave us your comments on Facebook or Instagram.