Reverse the effects of the sun’s harmful rays with potent skincare, and take cover to prevent further damage to delicate outer layers.
WHAT IS SUN-DAMAGED SKIN?
Research shows that up to 80% of visible ageing is caused by exposure to UV rays emitted by the sun. And that’s just at the surface level. UV radiation can be broken down into three components: UVA, UVB and UBC. Each component has different wavelengths, the longest being UVA which can penetrate skin, damaging to deeper layers. Research shows that both UVB and UVA cause sunburn, inflammation, skin cancer and DNA damage as well as premature ageing (medically known as photoaging). In Australia, exposure to UV rays is more severe because of ozone depletion.
The major signs of sun-damaged skin include pigmentation, lines and wrinkles and a change in skin texture. Excessive (and unprotected) sun exposure is also known to cause sunspots and skin cancer, which is why annual skin checks are important.
KEY INGREDIENTS TO REDUCE SIGNS OF SUN DAMAGE
Vitamin C is an essential part of any daily routine. This potent antioxidant is proven to defend skin against environmental factors, encourages collagen and elastin production to reduce fine lines, lightens pigmentation and helps to even skin tone. Paired with sunscreen, it also bolsters sun protection in skin.
Niacinamide (a derivative of Vitamin B) will also help to reduce the appearance of sunspots and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure, as well as decreasing fine lines and redness.
Another key ingredient that will help improve the look and feel of sun-damaged skin is CoEnzyme Q10 (CoQ10), an antioxidant compound naturally produced by the body and responsible for giving cells energy.
The first step in treating sun damage is to get your skincare routine in order. Incorporate products that include the above ingredients, invest in a well-formulated sunscreen and exfoliate at least once a week. A hydrating masque will also help to keep skin happy and glowing.
In-clinic treatments such as laser, chemical peels and microdermabrasion may also help to improve the visible effects of sun damage, but book in for a skin check with your doctor first to rule out any areas of concern.
HOW TO AVOID SUN DAMAGE
Protecting yourself from the sun is the most effective way to avoid sun damage, even when it’s cold and overcast. Hats, long sleeve shirts and sunglasses are a must, especially if you are outdoors between 10am and 3pm when the sun’s UV rays are most aggressive.
BEST SKINCARE TO REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF SUN-DAMAGED SKIN
Address sun damage and protect the skin with the following Mx Skincare products, each packed with powerful active ingredients: