It should come to no surprise that sun exposure is damaging the skin. What you may not know is that up to 90% of visible skin transformations are caused by sun exposure. Most people assume those transformations are simply due to aging, but they are wrong.
Some worrying results have been provided by numerous studies, showing that by the time we are 18 we already amass 23% of total UV exposure, and overwhelming 47% by the time we turn 40.
Dry skin, wrinkles, sun burns are all side effects to prolonged sun exposure. As you get older these side effects become more visible in the forms of:
- Lined skin
- Continuous formation of deep creases
- Sagging skin
- Creased skin
But how can you prevent all of that from happening? Exposing your skin to a certain degree is simply inevitable.
Fortunately, there are some known ways to remedy this situation. Let’s review some of them:
- MOISTURIZE YOUR SKIN REGULARLY
When skin is exposed to the sun it becomes dry. It is important to come up with a moisturizing habit in order to prevent formation of wrinkles. Aside from protecting against sun damage, having your skin moisturized will make it shinier.
- EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN
Exfoliation removes dead skin cells. However, if done improperly, it will cause completely the opposite and introduce even more damage to the skin. It is recommended to do this three times a week, depending on the skin condition.
Generally, antioxidants provide protection to collagen and elastic tissues. They are also very effective in reversing damage caused by prolonged sun exposure. Any food, mainly fruits, rich with Vitamins C and E can provide sufficient intake of antioxidants.
- USE SUNSCREEN
You will be happy to know that using sunscreen every day, regardless of the weather, will reduce skin aging by up to 24% by the age of 55. It doesn’t matter what season it is, the UV rays are just as dangerous, and having sunscreen on constantly will provide much-needed skin protection.
- APPLY DARK HONEY
Dark honey contains nutrients which improve skin texture, balances the tone and provides significant hydration. It can be applied to any part of the body where the skin is not in the greatest of conditions.
- LEMON JUICE
To make a homemade lemon-based skin toner you need a mixture of half a cup of water with just a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply it to any affected skin, leave if from half an hour to an hour and wash it off.
- FROZEN RED GRAPES
Putting frozen red grapes on the skin, especially after it has been exposed to the sun for a longer period than normal, will cure sunburns faster.
- VITAMIN A
To increase the amount of Vitamin A in your body, you need to consume more vegetables, fish or eggs. Vitamin A helps in healing damaged skin and also removes signs of skin aging.
- HEALTHY DIET
Make sure you eat properly and ingest the necessary nutrients in order to help the skin restoration process and make it shine again.
Sun exposure is not all that bad. It can also provide nutrients which make the skin shine. However, it is very challenging to balance the good and beneficial exposure to the harmful one. Therefore, your best option is to stick to these 10 pieces of advice and ensure your skin stays young for a longer time.