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Turn Back Time: Ways to Reverse Sun Damage on Your Face

Turn Back Time: Ways to Reverse Sun Damage on Your Face

Are you unhappy with the way your face looks because of the damage that has been done to it by the sun?

This is a problem that has, unfortunately, plagued millions of Americans over the years. Research has shown that about 90 percent of  skin aging occurs as a result of overexposure to the sun. Additionally, the sun can cause brown spots, fine lines, and other sun damage  spots to appear on your skin's surface.

The good news, though, is that you can  reverse sun damage if you're willing to work at it. You can revitalize the skin on your face in a relatively short amount of time and make yourself appear a lot younger in the process.

Would you like to get started today? Here are 8 ways to reverse sun damage on your face so that you can start to take pride in your appearance again.

1.  Stop  Exposing Your Skin to the Sun

Exposing your skin to the sun for short periods of time can be good for your health. Regular sun exposure will bring your body's  vitamin D levels up, which can keep your bones strong and reduce your chances of dealing with cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other diseases.

But with that being said, you shouldn't be spending a ton of time out in the sun if you've sustained sun damage to your face in the past. This is especially true if you're actively trying to do away with the damage that has been done.

If you continue to sit out in the sun for more than just a few minutes at a time, you're going to continue to do damage to the skin on your face. And no matter how hard you work to  reverse sun damage, your efforts will all be for naught if you keep hanging out in the sun.  

If you're going to be spending time outside by the pool or on the beach, you should make every effort to hang out underneath an umbrella. It'll allow you to enjoy the warmth of the sun without allowing it to shine right on you.

This will help you in your battle against sun damage spots and increase your chances of bringing the skin on your face back to life.

2.  Put Sunscreen On Each and Every Day

How often do you wear sunscreen right now? If your answer is "Not at all" or "Whenever I go to the beach," you're not wearing sunscreen enough!

Those who have sustained sun damage over the years should put sunscreen on each and every day. The sunscreen should  have an SPF  of at least 15 (and higher, if possible!) and should be applied first thing in the morning before you go out to face the day.

There are several key benefits of wearing sunscreen every day:

  • It prevents your  face from being exposed to the sun when you're walking around outside

  • It also prevents your face from being exposed to the sun when you're driving in your car

  • It gives your skin plenty of time to heal when damage has been done to it and encourages your immune system to spring into action

But maybe most importantly, putting on sunscreen every morning will force you to think about your goal, which is to  reverse sun damage. By putting your goal front and center each and every day, you'll put yourself in a much better position to hit it in the end.

Wearing sunscreen on a daily basis isn't always the most convenient thing, especially if you wear makeup regularly. But by making it part of your skin care routine, you'll cut down on how long it'll take for you to  eliminate sun damage.  

3.  Get Into the Habit of Exfoliating Your Face

In addition to staying out of the sun and making sure you wear sunscreen every day, there's another thing that you're going to need to start doing regularly to  reverse sun damage. It's called exfoliation.

There's a good chance you're already exfoliating your face as part of your complete skincare routine. But just in case you're not, you should start doing it now to prevent sun damage from wreaking havoc on your face.

Most people have a layer of dead skin cells  sitting on the surface of their face at any given moment. It's important to remove that layer of dead skin cells to bring out your face's natural glow.

But it's even more important than usual for those with  sun-damaged faces to do it. Otherwise, those dead skin cells can really take a toll on your face's appearance.  They can make it look blotchy and discolored.

Exfoliating your face is usually as simple as rubbing an exfoliating cream all over it before washing it away. But you should learn exactly how to exfoliate your face  to remove as many of the dead skin cells as you can from it.  

Once these dead skin cells are gone, you'll notice that your face will look a lot smoother than it did before. And as long as you continue to exfoliate it moving forward, it should start to make your skin look better and better over time.

4.  Make Sure Your Skin Stays Moisturized

Skin that has been damaged by the sun will usually be on the dryer side. It'll look dry and cracked and feel dry to the touch.

You can change this by making a push to moisturize the skin on your face at all costs. There are a number of ways in which you can do this.

One easy way to begin to do it is by taking in more water every day. Drinking water will help to moisturize all of the organs inside of your body, including your skin which is, of course, your largest organ.

But it's worth noting that drinking water alone won't reverse sun damage on your face. The other organs in your body tend to use up your water supply before water can reach the surface of the skin. So you need to attack skin dryness in another way, too.

Specifically, you need to apply a lotion or moisturizing cream designed for the skin on your face. Your best bet is to look for something that contains a facial serum that has hyaluronic acid in it, as it can help to make your skin look plumper and healthier overall.

By using a moisturizer every day, you'll often encourage your body to start producing more collagen. That collagen can smooth out the texture of the skin on your face and erase any wrinkles in it.

And generally speaking, you should really get into the habit of moisturizing your entire body, not just your face. It'll make all  of your skin healthy and prevent you from dealing with persistent dryness.

5.  Try Bleaching Brown Sun Damage Spots

Have unsightly brown  sun damage spots started to make an appearance on your face? This can be one of the absolute worst parts about dealing with sun damage in the first place.  

But fortunately, there is something that you can do about them. You can attempt to bleach them away so that you don't have to see them anymore when you look in the mirror.

There are some people who don't feel comfortable with the idea of "bleaching" their skin. But we should point out that you're not actually going to be bleaching your skin and turning it white when you bleach brown spots.

Instead, you're going to be taking any color that has set into your skin and lightening it so that it's barely noticeable. You may still be able to see some signs of sun damage spots when they're lighter, but often times, they'll disappear almost completely.

There are several over-the-counter skin lighteners out there. But if you don't feel comfortable choosing one for yourself, it's best to consult a dermatologist for assistance (more on this later!).

The key is to find a skin lightener that will get rid of any stubborn brown damage spots on your face and allow you to regain your sense of confidence again.

6.  See How Your Skin Responds to a Light-Emitting Diode Treatment

Have you tried all the other treatment options here and come up empty while  attempting to  reverse sun damage?  

Don't lose hope! There are still a few more things you can try to get the skin on your face back to normal. You might just need to think a little bit outside of the box to get the job done.

One treatment that's being used more and more for sun damage is called light-emitting diode (LED) treatment. It's a treatment that's often used to combat aging, skin discoloration, and more.

LED treatments work by using LED light to generate a cellular turnover in the skin on your face. The LED light is often able to rejuvenate your skin by pushing healthy cells up to its surface.  

You can have a professional provide you with LED treatments. But there are also home units available at the moment that might produce results. LED treatments have helped people eliminate wrinkles and fine lines in the past, and they've even gotten rid of acne in some cases.

There is a chance your skin won't respond to LED treatments. But it might be worth a shot if other methods haven't cleared up any of your sun damage yet.  

7.  Put an Anti-Aging Treatment to Good Use

One of the main reasons most people want to reverse sun damage is so that they can make themselves look younger.

Is that your ultimate goal here? If so, the best way to  accomplish it might be to put an anti-aging treatment to good use. You should consider going through sermorelin (GHRH) therapy to see how it can  help you.

This anti-aging treatment, which relies on a  human growth hormone called sermorelin,  can set you up with a wide range of benefits.  It can:

  • Help you sleep better

  • Allow you to work out harder

  • Make it easier for you to lose weight

  • Stimulate hair growth

  • Strengthen your bones

  • And more!

But maybe best of all, this type of treatment can improve the appearance of your skin, including the skin on your face. After spending just a few months getting injections during this treatment, you'll likely notice an improvement in the way your face looks.

Everyone reacts a little bit differently to anti-aging treatments like  sermorelin therapy. But you could start to see positive results quickly and  begin to look and feel younger than you have in years.

8.  Talk to Your Dermatologist About Your Problem

As you can see, there are so many different ways that you can go about trying to  take care of sun damage. So there is likely going to be one that will work for you as long as you're patient and persistent.

But if you just can't seem to find the best way to make your sun damage a thing of the past, you should make an appointment with a dermatologist to see what they have to say about your skin.

There are more than 10,000 dermatologists scattered across the country, and  many of them spend the majority of their days treating those with  sun-damaged faces. They can evaluate your skin and let you know which treatment you should try.

They can also evaluate you for any signs of skin cancer and make sure you're not suffering from something much more serious than  sun damage spots.

Start to Reverse Sun Damage to Your Face Today

If you haven't taken good care of your skin over the course of your life, you probably have at least a little bit of sun damage on your face.

That sun damage can affect the way you feel about yourself and  can even cause you to feel embarrassed. But you don't have to feel that way.

You can reverse sun damage by exfoliating your skin, moisturizing it, and making sunscreen your new best friend. You can also give something like sermorelin therapy a try to see how it can benefit you.

Enroll in our special program now to take advantage of our anti-aging products.

About the author

Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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