Imagine your perfect summer. It's probably filled with cottage core themed picnics, days by the beach, and enjoying popsicles in the park. Unfortunately, there's probably one thing that slipped your mind – heightened humidity and increased sun exposure can also mean a greater risk of skin damage and, when not monitored closely, cause more serious conditions.
But now that summer’s over, it’s about time we did some damage control already. From sunburn to heat rash (and bouts of dryness and oiliness along the way), if you've experienced any form of sun damage on your face, we've got your back. Scroll down for the perfect skincare routine for sun-damaged skin.
- 01. Use a light face wash
- 02. Turn to toners
- 03. Exfoliate!
- 04. Invest in a good Vitamin C serum
- 05. Lock it in with a hydrating sheet mask
01. Use a light face wash
But make sure it’s heavy on Vitamin C! Vitamin C is the ideal ingredient to brighten up sun-damaged skin since it contains antioxidants that help revitalise dull skin. This is why you need to try the Lakmé Blush & Glow Lemon Freshness Gel Face Wash. It's enriched with the goodness of lemon and also contains gentle scrubbing beads that give your skin a deep cleanse. Kiss dull, sun-damaged skin goodbye, and say hello to the freshness that only lemon can bring.
02. Turn to toners
While toners are often overlooked, they're essential to any skincare routine because they help maintain your skin’s pH balance. You need to try the Dermalogica Antioxidant Hydramist toner, which contains white tea that helps calm and protect skin from damage and premature ageing, along with bamboo and pea extracts that hydrate the skin. We're adding this to our post-summer routine ASAP.
Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells and reveals brighter, smoother skin underneath. Our go-to scrub to undo summer sins is the Pond’s Bright Beauty Sun Dullness Removal Daily Facial Scrub. The scrub is formulated with white and red silica beads that offer deep, nourishing exfoliation and help get rid of sun tan and blackheads, while vitamin E and B3 in it leave the skin smooth, moisturised and glowing. So long, sun-damaged skin.
04. Invest in a good Vitamin C serum
We cannot stress the importance of Vitamin C enough! The ingredient is super important all year round, and even more so than when you've suffered sun damage. The Lakmé 9to5 Vit C+ Facial Serum is a powerhouse of antioxidants that strengthens your skin barrier to tackle sun damage. It's got all the goodness of the world’s richest source of vitamin C – Kakadu Plum – and is a must-have for hydrated, brighter and smoother skin. Get yours now!
05. Lock it in with a hydrating sheet mask
Sheet masks are pretty good for self-care, but have you ever tried using them for treating sun damage? Opt for a Vitamin C-rich sheet mask, like the Pond’s Brightening Sheet Mask With Vitamin C And 100% Natural Pineapple. It's a great add-on to your skincare regimen if your skin has suffered years of sun damage and you have dark spots to prove it. It's got all the antioxidant properties of vitamin C, contains natural pineapple extracts, is alcohol and paraben-free, and will ensure you get glowing skin in an instant.
Written by Nishtha Bhalla on Aug 05, 2021
Nishtha is a freelance writer who loves all things beauty, fashion, culture, and lifestyle. With content covering a variety of topics, she brings a holistic, nuanced perspective to her writing. In her free time, she can be found watching reruns of The Office, reading anything she can get her hands on, and experimenting with astrology.