Sun Damage: How to Spot, Prevent, and Repair It
It’s no surprise that part of life in Florida, one of the main skin concerns I’ve been seeing is sun damage. Even if you don’t live in as sunny a climate, you can be affected by sun damage, so at the risk of sounding like a broken record, this is why we need to always protect our skin with a hat and sunscreen—even in the winter, even if it’s cloudy.
It has been shown that 90% of skin aging is caused by the sun. Beyond just aesthetics, skin cancer is more and more prevalent, having increased by 77% between the years 1994 and 2014. It has been reported that 1 in 5 Americans will develop some form of skin cancer before the age of 70. The good news is that there is so much we can do to avoid skin cancer.
Spotting Sun Damage
The tricky part about sun damage is that you may not have even noticed you have it. Sun damage can appear as freckles, age spots, discolored or leathery skin. Have you noticed any of these signs?
While these are all telltale signs of sun damage, we often forget that a suntan is in fact sun damage, too! I know, I know. We have been taught that a suntan is healthy glow, and I agree it looks beautiful, but we have to try to overlook the aesthetic aspects and choose healthy skin long-term over a sunkissed look that is so short-lived and at times can even be harmful. When we protect our skin from the sun, we also protect it from premature aging. Believe me, you’ll thank yourself (and me!) in your more mature years!
Preventing Sun Damage
Part of avoiding sun damage is remembering that we need sun protection each and every day, regardless of the weather. Look for a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Experiment with sunscreens to find one you really like so that you’re more likely to follow through with applying it every day.
You can also wear sun-protective clothing and accessories, especially a hat. If you don’t want to add an extra step onto your skincare routine by using a sunscreen or you dislike sunscreen, you can concentrate on building a sun-protective wardrobe, but I would recommend wearing a sunscreen as well for added protection.
One thing I want to mention is that skincare and makeup with SPF is not sufficient, as they would require far more product application than what we would typically use on our skin. If you have a favorite plant-based moisturizer with SPF, think of it as a base layer—not as a replacement for sunscreen. The same goes for SPF foundation, tinted moisturizer, BB cream, CC cream, etc.
Make sure you wear sunscreen even if you’ll mostly be indoors or in a car. You are still being exposed to the sunlight, even if it is not directly. We’ve added a special protective film to our car windows which not only keeps the car cooler, but also repels over 90% of sun rays. So you could say our car has better SPF protection than our sunscreen!
Repairing Sun Damage
Here’s where I have to toot my own horn because Adélie’s serums are fantastic for to help repair the signs of sun damage due to their high dose of antioxidants. They include innate occuring plant nutrient vitamin C, which enhances skin luminosity, as well as rich sources of tocopherols, including vitamin E, which helps reduce UV damage in your skin. The powerhouse Coenzyme Q10 in Adélie serums is far more potent than traditionally found in other products on the market—have you seen how bright orange it is? There is your evidence that all nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins are alive. This last mega-antioxidant, Coenzyme Q10, protects and repairs the skin from sun damage and stimulates its vitality to reawaken your skin’s glow. Oh and those precious Carotenoids (provitamin A) help to fade skin scarring. Adélie’s serums are truly a magical combination for healthy, radiant skin!
Besides our serums, you can help repair sun damage with your usual healthy skincare habits, such as eating an antioxidant- and plant-rich diet, drinking lots of water, exfoliating 1-2 times per week, keeping the skin well hydrated, and consistently protecting your skin with physical sunscreen and SPF protective clothing (hat, gloves, long-sleeve top).
If you show signs of sun damage, you can start by trying out Adélie serums with a mini discovery kit. You’ll need to use the serums for longer, so I can’t say you’ll see immediate results—in fact, I’d say that any product that promises to instantly reverse sun damage should be questioned. What you can expect over the course of using the mini discovery kit is to get an idea of how your skin and senses respond to the product, and many women do report that they notice an enhanced glow, calmer skin, or deeper hydration. If you love the mini discovery kit, then I suggest putting the full-size bottles to work to help repair and prevent your sun damage!
We’d love to hear what you think of the mini discovery kit in the comments below. I always love reading your feedback so I can best serve you!