Products to Protect and Repair your Skin from the Sun’s Damaging Rays
We all are now aware that fun in the sun can lead to sun damage on your skin later. If you are a sun worshipper you probably love being outside and the healthy look that a bit of sun provides. While being in the sun without sunscreen increases your risk of skin cancer (in a startling statistic I read that ‘Even one bad sunburn after the age of 20 doubles your risk of melanoma ~ yikes), it also increases the chances you’ll end up with melasma, wrinkles, extensive fine lines and brown spots.
PRODUCTS TO REPAIRE SUN DAMAGED SKIN
Luckily for us, there are a variety of great products on the market that will help protect and repair sun damaged skin. Here are several of our favorites:
This treatment was featured in Lucky Magazine’s October 2008 issue. A protective and brightening blend, Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15 replenishes the delicate eye area with Murad's patented Skin Repair System, which stimulates collagen and renews the area around the eye for impactful results.
This mask boasts artichoke and other antioxidants to help treat past sun damage and protect against future skin damage. Riviva Labs has merged artichoke, this new antioxidant discovery, with a super cocktail of other antioxidants…all blended into a liposome for deeper absorption to give you skin that glows.
Brighten dull, ashy skin and target uneven skin tone with Aloette’s nonabrasive skin brightening system and the company claims you’ll see results in just 14 days! It contains a proprietary blend of five clinically tested peptides and brighteners—including the powerful white daisy extract—in an aloe vera base to leave skin soft and supple.
Olay took advantage of the very latest research, technology, ingredients, and thinking to create these advanced anti-aging products. This lotion with SPF 30 is professionally designed to help shield your skin from harmful UVA & UVB exposure. It also hydrates to fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
For the man in your life, this non-greasy daily moisturizer helps reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, plus protects and hydrates skin in one easy step. It’s clinically proven to give him smoother, younger and fitter looking skin.
This refreshing toner, featuring 5% glycolic acid from sugarcane, as well as aloe and lemon, reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. The refreshing kiwi-lime tonic tightens large pores and helps treat ingrown hairs.
You can save your skin and having to use the above suggested products if you will opt for sunscreen and a self tanner or bronzer instead of extensive time spent in the sun. If you enjoy sports that keep you in the rays, be sure to apply a sports oriented sunscreen that has a high SPF and is waterproof if you participate in water sports. Reapply often because even waterproof sunscreens do wear off.
If you already have sun damage, don’t fret, as all is not lost. Using products to aid in lightening dark spots and help with skin elasticity will give you a refined and refreshed look. Just be sure to make sunscreen a part of your daily routine because you are getting sun exposure even as you walk in and out of the grocery store! Protect your skin and know that you are taking every step possible to keep your skin and body healthy and beautiful from the inside out.
Article Written By: Laura Miller; Laura is a beauty and health/wellness/fitness writer living in Atlanta, Ga. Her many years in the salon and spa business served as a springboard for her next career move as a full-time writer. She now writes articles for DivaVillage.com and their sister-site VillageMAMA.com.