How to Counter the Damaging Effects of the Sun

There’s a reason we are often advised to stay out of the sun, or at least, not stay under the sun for too long. Ultraviolet rays have the ability to seep into your cellular makeup and make alterations. It can cause your skin to develop wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and at the worst, cancer. The longer you stay out without sunscreen, the greater the chances of cellular damage.

Unfortunately, sun protection is not just all about wearing sunscreen. While having skin products and makeup that contain a degree of UV protection can be an immense help, there are other ways that your skin may have sustained damage from the sun. In fact, you may already have sun damaged skin from before you started using sun protection.

On the bright side, you can mitigate the extent of damage with the right skin care, as well as prevent further harm with the following steps.

Sun Protection Tips

Clean off cellular debris
Exfoliating should be an important part of your regular skin care routine, and this counts on both a physical and chemical scale. Regularly exfoliating your skin will remove microscopic debris that could foster bacterial growth, and leave your skin much smoother and clearer.

However, a loofah will only take you so far. Chemical means of exfoliating will better even out the area of exfoliation, and dissolve dead skin cells and deal with bacteria much more effectively. There are ready made exfoliating scrubs out in the market or you can make your own concoction using natural ingredients such as strawberries and other skin-loving fruits!

Deal with dark patches
Brown spots on your skin are a result of a protective mechanism against sun exposure, and are often clumps of pigment-producing melanin that have gathered under your skin. Argan oil can lighten these spots and further protect the skin from the sun’s UV rays. This prowess comes from the fact that it is loaded with antioxidants such as Vitamin E, Carotenoids, Ferulic acid and Polyphenols. The oil also contains a high amount of essential fatty acids and Sterols making it a great skin moisturizer!

Sunscreen is a must
One of your best forms of protection against sun damage is sunscreen however daily application of sunscreen is often overlooked by most people. The right sunscreen should be able to provide protection against UVA and UVB rays, and should be labeled with SPF 30 or higher. For a stronger sun protection apply Argan oil or any antioxidant-packed moisturizer on your skin then lather on sunscreen!

Don’t skimp on antioxidants
It is great that you’re lathering on skin care products packed with antioxidants but you should not forget to feed yourself foods that are loaded with these skin loving nutrients. Eat fruits and vegetables that are packed with antioxidants such as carrots, tomatoes and leafy greens!

These tips can help reduce the battering that your skin has received from sun exposure and prevent further damage!

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