Reversing Skin Damage: Defeating Summer Sun

You can't go back in time or relive your youth, but you can most certainly tend to your skin, prevent further damage, and treat premature lines and skin damage.

The sun is well known as the primary cause of skin damage in people. So how do you enjoy the summer sun without the summer sun damage to your skin? There are tricks to not only prevent, but reverse some of those premature lines. Remember to protect, not neglect. To simplify, you protect with sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, or other forms of physical barriers. Cleanse thoroughly and moisturize to nourish and hydrate the skin.

Some tips for applying sunscreen: apply every 2 hours or more often if you sweat or get wet. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection. You need to use a minimum of SPF30. Anything under SPF30 is not good enough protection and anything over SPF50 protects only as much as SPF50 anyway. Do not waste your money on SPF80 or the likes.

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Avoiding the afternoon sun when your shadow is larger than you. If you drive for extended hours, sunscreen will not be sufficient to protect you. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation Journal, there is a strong correlation between the amount of time driving in a car and the severity of sun induced skin damage on the driver’s left side of the face. This damage includes “wrinkles, leathering, sagging, brown ‘age’ spots and even skin cancers.” Remember the driver whose sun aged face looks drastically different on each side?

soak in the sun without damage

In addition to sunscreen, which must be reapplied at least every 2 hours, you should consider using a window film for your car window. Window films can block harmful UVA rays that can lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and skin cancer. They don't have to hurt the wallet or make your car ugly.  Clear and affordable film options are available.

By just taking care of your skin and avoiding adding additional stress to it, you will notice not only a decrease in damage, but in existing fine lines.


  1. I wish I had taken better care of my skin when I was younger... I didn't even think about it until college. I spf up all the time now!

  2. Why is everyone always preventing aging and fighting aging like it is such a bad thing. It's normal part of life. Just get out there and enjoy life without worrying about skin damage ladies!

  3. @courtnee It's never too late!

  4. annie lizstan1/14/2016 2:17 AM

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