Goodbye Sun Damage

July 11, 2010

If you suffer from facial sun damage, take cheer from the fact that today there are numerous solutions to sun spots and wrinkles. You can indeed get back the skin you had before the sun did its worst. Here's how:

*Chemical Peels: Today, it's possible to forego having a professional chemical peel. Drugstores now sell chemical peel kits that can be used at home without the need for professional assistance. These peels work by removing the top layer of your skin and with it, your sun spots. You get cleaner, more even-looking skin.

Recovery Time

A chemical peel should make a noticeable difference, reducing the effects of time and sun. Of course, you can always have a professional chemical peel at a skin clinic or beauty salon. The professional peel is more extensive than the home peel and you will need to spend some time recovering from the procedure. During your recovery you will need to avoid sun exposure. The costs of chemical peels depend upon the extent and type of damage incurred and the specific area requiring treatment. Your geographical location will also affect pricing and will be tied to the cost of living in your area.

*Microdermabrasion: Another effective treatment for sun damage is microdermabrasion. Abrasive products that contain fine grains are used to scrub away (exfoliate) the outermost layers of your skin. The exfoliation is followed by a facial masque. Microdermabrasion is quick and doesn't involve the use of chemicals. You'll be able to apply makeup not long after the procedure. In addition to reducing sun damage, your skin will look fresher, smoother, and younger.

*Laser Skin Resurfacing: During a laser skin resurfacing procedure, laser is used to dissolve the molecular bonds of the layers of sun-damaged skin. This is done layer by layer of skin until your skin has achieved uniformity of appearance and texture. The procedure treats both age spots as well as sun damage. The process will rejuvenate your skin and there are anti-aging dividends so that your skin will stay younger and healthier for a long time.

*Creams: There are a variety of face creams available at cosmetics counters and drugstores that have been tested by dermatologists and can help to fade facial sun damage. They tend to be expensive, but some are quite effective.

Granny's Treatments

*Home Remedies: In addition to creams and professional treatments, you always have the option of using common home remedies to treat facial sun damage. They were good enough for Granny, and you may be surprised at how well they still work. The following ingredients have known properties at restoring facial skin damaged by the sun: lemon juice, onion juice, garlic juice, apple cider vinegar, milk products, aloe vera, castor oil, and vitamin E.

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