When To See A Professional?
You should call a professional about skin problems or a dermatologist when having the problems below:
- Dry skin which does not respond to non-prescription treatments
- A milder sunburn over the large skin portion, particularly if you feel hard to wear clothing or sleep due to it.
- Abnormal skin bleeding, or skin easily bruising
- Changes in moles
- A continual scaly patch or nodule on the skin, or skin ulcers not healing
How To Prevent Sun-Damaged Skin
In order to prevent sun-damaged skin, you need to take the steps below:
- Apply a good quality sunscreen prior to going outdoors. Select the water-resistant sunscreen having a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, with a broad protection spectrum against both UV-A and UV-B rays. Make sure that you reapply it often in order to avoid sweating off or washing it off.
- Make use a lip sunblock. Select the product specialized for lips, with SPF of 20 or more.
- Reduce your time of being outdoors, when the sun is at its peak (from 10 am to 3 pm in the continental US).
- Wear long pants, shirts having long sleeves, and a hat having a wide brim.
- Wear sunglasses having UV light protection
- Some medicines, as well as skin care products, may increase your potential risk of UV damage. Thus, get to know them. They include certain antibiotics, prescription medicines used to treat high blood pressure, acne, heart failure, allergies and psychiatric illness. In case you are taking a prescribed medication and spend a huge amount of time outdoors, then you need to ask your healthcare provider about taking any special precautions for sun exposure avoidance.
- Note that some specific non-prescription skin care products having alpha-hydroxy acids may make your skin more vulnerable to damage from sunlight.
Sun Damaged Skin Treatment
Cucumber is considered the epitome of freshness. Its aroma and color are beyond compare. In Ayurveda, cucumbers are used for skin care purposes due to its cooling and brightening effects. Having a rich content of vitamin C, it can fade of skin discolorations.
Indeed, cucumbers are fantastic in regard to the healing skin which is damaged by the sun. Patchy marks, sunburns, and dullness could be reduced by appropriate application of cucumber slices on the skin.
To make use of cucumbers as a natural and effective sun damaged skin treatment, you can follow these guidelines:
- Mix 1 teaspoon each of wheat flour and applesauce, followed by a proper amount of fresh cucumber juice to have a thick paste
- Apply the paste to your skin, including your facial and neck skin.
- After 15 minutes, rinse it off with tepid water
- Apply your serum or lotion instantly after
- Repeat this routine 1-2 times per week
2. Lemon Juice
This ingredient is highly recommended for sun damaged skin because of its natural bleaching effects. The mild acids in lemon juice, which are alpha and beta hydroxyl acids, work to fade discolorations and dark spots on your skin, not to mention the ability to facilitate regeneration of new skin cells. They also help lighten skin naturally.
What you have to do is:
- Take a fresh lemon to squeeze its juice in a small bowl
- Use a cotton swab or ball to apply the juice to your affected skin
- After 15 minutes, rinse it off with cool water
- Use a soft towel to dry skin out and apply your moisturizer then
- Repeat this treatment twice per day for 6-8 weeks
- Do a patch test before applying the juice to prevent any allergic reactions.
- Avoid sunlight during and after the application for several hours because it might increase the sun sensitivity of your skin, in accordance with Health 911.