Soaking in the warmth of the sun is relaxing when you’re sunbathing on the beach, but harmful UV rays can sprinkle your skin with spots and wrinkles. And if you’re fair-skinned, simply stepping outside without sunscreen can summon the sun’s wrath upon your face. Sun damage doesn’t have to leave a permanent mark. Thanks to the latest skincare treatments, clearer skin can be yours. And remember, prevention is key. Make applying sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher part of your morning routine. Your skin will thank you.
Erase Sun Spots with Microdermabrasion
How does exfoliating away sun spots sound? That’s essentially what microdermabrasion does. Microdermabrasion is the pain-free rejuvenation treatment anyone can try. An esthetician simply sprays tiny crystals onto your skin and then vacuums them up for a process that is more powerful than at-home methods while remaining gentle. By removing the outermost layer of skin, through a series of treatments, microdermabrasion can fade sun spots.
Peel Away Sun Damage with Chemical Peels
If you’ve never had a peel before, the idea of purposely injuring the skin with chemicals to remove layers and promote new growth might sound a little crazy. But medium-depth peels, like like trichloroacetic acid (TCA) and glycolic acid are perfectly safe and work wonders on wrinkles acne, and sun spots because they penetrate both the deeper layer of the epidermis and the superficial dermis of the skin. Depending on your skin type and the severity of your sun damage, you may need a series of peels to achieve ultimate results.
Fight Spots and Wrinkles with Antioxidant Facials
Enjoy some “me time” and treat yourself to an antioxidant rich facial. Antioxidants are not only are anti-aging fighters, but they also reduce sun damage on the skin. If wrinkles are your nemesis, ask for a facial rich in beta-carotene. Vitamins A (retinol) and vitamin C give a one-two punch to sun spots by reducing the pigmentation and brightening the skin. Vitamins work great in combination on the skin. According to the Journal of Dermato-Endocrinology, vitamins C, B3, and E do the best job at penetrating the skin through their small molecular weight.