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Dec 1, 2014

HOW TO TREAT SUN BURNT / SUN DAMAGED SKIN

Over the time I have received tons of email from my blog readers/visitors with this sort of complain, "My face and neck is darker than my body" and requesting for advice on ways or product they need to treat their obviously sun damaged or sun burnt skin. Which is why I decided to write this post.

One of the ignorant notion we used to have in Nigeria is that "Black skin don't need Sunscreen". Thank God for the internet that brought knowledge to our finger tips most people now know that everyone need to protect themselves from the UV rays.




Apart from the direct sunburn; most ladies especially in Africa also compound the problem by applying products with hydroquinone and then exposing their skin to the sun without any form of protection.This not only produce sun damage but also Ochronosis.



5 WAYS TO TREAT SUN BURNT / SUN DAMAGED SKIN

Exfoliate:  One of the signs of a sunburnt or sun damaged skin is rough 'leathery' skin texture and to reverse this and create brightness and luster, chemical exfoliation is the best way to go.  Chemical exfoliation dissolves dead skin cells instead of scrubbing them off (usually unevenly) the way buffers and granule cleansers do. Opt for a product with a 5 percent to 10 percent concentration of glycolic acid, like Reviva Lab 10% Glycolic Acid Cream. The active ingredient is vital in removing the extra layers of dead cells that are holding all of the brown pigment that has clumped and accumulated over the years. And whichever exfoliant you choose, follow the directions!

Moisturize: If you have read my previous post on Exfoliation you would know I always advocate hydrating the skin after exfoliating. After the rigor of exfoliation the skin needs some 'TLC' so get a good moisturizer. Apart from that; sunburn/sun damaged skin is normally dry and wrinkly so there is need to hydrate.  I always recommend AmLactin 12 % Moisturizing Lotion because it has the added bonus of Lactic acid which is also a mild exfoliant.

Lighten the Dark Areas: The next step is to rid yourself of those brown or black splotches. I always recommend natural skin lighteners like kojic acid, mulberry extract (read my previous post on natural lighteners). The skin lighteners won't just have the effect of lightening the dark areas of your skin, but it will do so by stopping the skin's uneven production of melanin (dark pigment) that your skin churns out when it tries to fight UV radiation. Bonus points If you followed step 1 and 2 before jumping to step 3--exfoliation actually helps skin lightening agents work better by allowing it to better penetrate the skin.

Sunscreen: Wear sunblock everyday regardless of your skin color or whether it is raining or sunny. Put enough sunblock on to cover any exposed skin. Ensure that your sunblock contains both broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection to prevent sun damage. Wearing sunblock regularly will help prevent reoccurring skin damage while you treat the previous sun damage. Look out for sunblock with 45% + like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen SPF 45  or Elta MD UV shield SPF 45.

Anti Oxidant: Antioxidants help protect the skin's DNA to prevent cancer while also protecting the collagen and elastic tissue from free radicals that can cause wrinkles and sagging skin. Though eating antioxidant-rich foods is important, you should also apply creams and serums with additional antioxidants that the skin can absorb directly or take Vitamin C ssupplement. Vitamin C–based antioxidants are best for reducing uneven brown pigmentation. And since antioxidants won't do dead skin cells any good, follow step 1 and EXFOLIATE. (Sorry—I just had to say it again!)

If you have sunburnt or sun damaged skin, use this regimen and reverse it.

Until next post...remain beautiful,



6 comments:

  1. Onome, I just went through your blog and I must say you are doing a great job. Thumbs up!

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  2. Hello Onome, Pls my husband has this sun damaged skin, can he use these products you recommended?

    Thanks for an educative blog.

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  3. Onome I am one of your blog reader who used to have this problem. Thanks to the regimen you suggested i can now boldly wear my hair away from my cheek that used to be burnt.

    U r a live saver!

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  4. Please can you recommend a good sunscreen that is available in Nigeria?

    thanks

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  5. Some really prize articles on this site, saved to fav.

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    And he actually ordered me lunch simply because I found it for him...

    lol. So let me reword this.... Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending some time to discuss this
    issue here on your website.

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