How to reverse the effects of sun damage and sun tan

Written by Urvi DalalOct 14, 2020

No matter how much you try, it is just impossible to 100 percent prevent sun exposure. And unless you reapply sunscreen every couple of hours, it is not really possible to block all those UV rays and therefore, sun damage is sort of inevitable.

But as luck would have it, we have been blessed with months of staying indoors, which obviously means lesser direct sun exposure and more time to focus on sun damage repair. So read on for everything you can do to reverse years of sun damage…

Exfoliate regularly

Sun exposure can cause the skin cells to get damaged, thus creating a dull, uneven skin tone. And the best way to get rid of this is to exfoliate your skin at least a couple of times a week. This will also get rid of dead skin cell build-up and reveal fresh, glowing and healthy skin. You could use the St. Ives Radiant Skin Pink Lemon and Mandarin Orange Scrub to not just eliminate dead skin cells but also give your skin that radiant glow.

Apply sunscreen even when indoors

Unless you live in a house which gets no direct sunlight, you have really dark curtains that you keep drawn at all times and don’t use smart technology at all, it is important to wear sunscreen at all times, even when you are indoors. The light coming from your windows and the blue light from your gadgets can still damage your skin, and therefore, wearing a sunscreen such as the Pond’s SPF 50 Sun Protect Non-Oily Sunscreen is mandatory.

Use retinol-based skincare products

Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A works really well to reverse the effects of sun damage. It helps in stimulating dormant cell turnover, and is a great way to prevent premature ageing caused by sun exposure. It increases collagen production and keeps your skin looking taut and youthful for a longer period of time. We recommend you try the Lakmé Youth Infinity Skin Firming Day Creme with SPF 15 to repair and protect your skin against further damage.