It is common knowledge that the sun down under, is considered ‘stronger’ than other countries and there’s actually scientific reasoning behind this. According to ARPANSA (Australian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Agency) “Due to its geographical location and close proximity to the equator, Australia experiences some of the highest levels of solar UVR in the world. The earth's elliptical orbit brings the earth closer to the sun in January, during summer in the southern hemisphere, resulting in higher levels of UVR.”
So how do we treat our sun-damaged skin if we’ve had a little too much fun in the sun? Read on for the info!
What are the signs of sun damaged skin? Pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles as well as Redness and blotchiness, rough and uneven skin texture and finally, loss of skin tone and elasticity. That’s a lot of skin concerns to treat, right? Well, not really if you find the right products with the right ingredients.
This B vitamin helps to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, which can help reduce moisture loss and dehydration It is also known to help reduce the visible effects of environmental damage, so skin appears healthier and more radiant. This potent ingredient also works to minimize dark spots and hyperpigmentation and can be found in serums and creams like;
- PCA Clearskin a problem skin hydrator - This light, hydrating niacinamide formulation contains antioxidants and provides exceptional calming benefits to oily and breakout-prone skin.
PCA Skin Vitamin B3 Brightening Serum - A multifunctional serum
formulated to target all signs of discoloration. Combining Niacinamide and a cutting-edge complex of Mulberry Extract,Green Tea Extract, Oligopeptide-51 and Plankton Extract, these ingredients work to combat the appearance of dark spots, dullness, and redness.
- Skin Virtue Future Advanced Brightening 30ml - A highly concentrated skin brightening cream, formulated with cutting-edge brightening technologies. Targets the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone for a more luminous and unified looking complexion
Topical retinols and retinoids
First things first, retinol is part of the Vitamin A family. It’s a type of retinoid,
which has different variations that work at different levels. It helps to build collagen and repair your skin by increasing cell turnover. By doing this, it allows your body to rid of dead skin preventing acne and helps reduce wrinkles. Yasss! Retinol can be that good!!But…
You need to be careful when using products with retinol as it should be used with a good sunscreen and is not recommended for use when pregnant or breast feeding.
One of our favourite retinol products has to be Medik8 - Retinol 3TR. This serum is designed to complement skin's nightly regenerative cycle, Retinol 3TR™ resurfaces while you sleep to rejuvenate skin and restore radiance. Hailed as the most effective ingredient in anti-ageing, vitamin A improves skin texture, minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and balances uneven skin tone. Formulated with 0.3% retinol and supported by vitamin E for enhanced stability, this fast-absorbing serum is perfect for those new to vitamin.
Another skin care ingredient that is essential to sun-damaged skin recovery is, Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). AHAs are water-soluble acids made from sugary fruits. They help peel away the surface of your skin so that new, more evenly pigmented skin cells may generate and take their place. After use, you'll likely notice that your skin is smoother to the touch. When using skin care with AHAs, it’s important to use a good sun cream daily.
Our top picks of AHA products include;
- Aspect Dr Aha/Bha Cleanser - Effectively cleanses and gently exfoliates the skin providing a deeper clean
- Mesoestetic Brightening Foam - Creamy cleansing foam with AHA’s. Renewer, rebalancing and anti-pollution. Normal and combination skin.
- Skin Virtue Pure Radiance Glow Serum - A lightweight, hydrating leave-on gel exfoliator that works to gently remove dead surface skin cells and impurities from the skin.
Don’t want sun-damaged skin to begin with? Well, make sure you skin care regime includes plenty sun protection like the new Aspect Sun Physical Sun Protection SPF50+. A very high protection, water resistant mineral sunscreen cream which has been specially developed to provide broad spectrum UVA and UVB SPF 50+ from the sun.
Combines Zinc Oxide 22.7% and Glycerin to protect and assist with minimising the harsh ageing effects of UV exposure. Invisible on the skin with a sheer, light finish.