When Sunburn Turns To Sun-Damaged Skin

Harmful RaysI can’t say enough about the sun’s harmful rays.  So when Sandy Alcide, founder of Motion Medica Skin Care, offered this important information, I wanted to pass it on to all our readers:

Is It Sunburn Or Sun-Damaged Skin?

Repeated episodes of sunburn and unprotected sun exposure will damage your skin. Most people mistake a common sunburn as just that, sun burnt skin, but it’s definitely damaged.
When your skin is exposed to UV radiation from not re-applying sunblock or none at all, the most evident sign of sun damage skin is dryness, often mistaken as a side effect of sunburn.  UVA/UVB rays from the sun and tanning beds also draw water from the skin enhancing a dry appearance to the skin.
Sun damaged skin will lose moisture and natural essential oils your body produces, making skin appear dry, flaky and prematurely wrinkled – even young persons in their mid- to latter-twenties are no exception. Sun exposure can aggravate skin ailments as adult acne irritation leading to breakouts.
Sun damages skin does not only effect the first layer of skin but UV radiation penetrates into the second layer of your skin causing skin atrophy (skin folds). The dermis, supports the walls of the skin’s tiny blood vessels. These structural walls contain collagen that naturally supports the skin from sagging. UV radiation causes collagen damage and makes the blood vessels more fragile and more likely to rupture, over time, causing skin to sag quicker.
Repeated episodes of skin damage will increase one’s risk of malignant melanoma. Very common among persons who engage in an outdoor lifestyle as athletes and avid sports players. An hour of outdoor tennis playing or running without reapplying proper sunblock can cause sun damage. Many persons with an athletic lifestyle won’t wear a sunblock because it tends to make them breakout with acne when mixed with sweat. When choosing a sunblock, avoid products that contain mineral oil and vegetable oil which will clog pores and opt for sunblocks that contain micronized zinc oxide. This key ingredient blocks both UVA/UVB rays and does not absorb into the skin.

Can You Reverse The Signs of Sun Damaged Skin? 

Let’s say you have some of the above mentioned signs of sun damage and reapplying moisturizer isn’t helping. Here are a few tips you can easily do to help reverse the signs of sun damaged skin:

  • Exfoliate the skin with an exfoliating agent that does not abrade delicate skin tissue.
  • Rose Hip Seeds and JoJoBa Seeds are a good choice.
  • Avoid fruit seeds such as apricot and strawberry.
  • Exfoliate with a cleanser that contains Rose Hip and Jojoba Seeds in them to help cleanse debris and sweat while removing dead skin cells in one easy step.
  • After exfoliating/cleansing apply a generous amount of moisturizer for dry skin.
  • Do not use a body cream for your face.
  • Don’t exfoliate right after being in the sun all day. The best time to do this is at night before bed time when skin repairs itself during sleep.
  • Before a moisturizer apply a Peptide Treatment that helps to build skin’s collagen naturally.
  • If you have ‘dark spots’ from the sun, you can naturally lighten them by applying lemon on them. Avoid the sun with lemon extract on skin as this works as a magnet to the sun. Always follow with a good moisturizer because the lemon can be drying. This is another good step to do at bed time.

How To Protect Your Skin 

While enjoying the outdoors always protect your skin with a sunblock by reapplying frequently. There really is no ‘water proof” sunscreen or sunblock. When drying off from the water apply more sunblock. You may be using a lot of sun protection but it’s an excellent investment for your skin’s future.

Don’t miss Sandy’s previous article – Why Does The Face Get All The Anti-Aging Attention?
Sandy Alcide's articles have been featured in notable magazines and websites. Sandy is the founder of Motion Medica skin care www.motionmedica.com and the President of the American Athletic Skin Care Association, raising awareness for the rise of melanoma among outdoor athletes. She can be reached at salcide@fbscc.com.

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