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Sun Damage: What is it & Ingredients to Prevent Sun Damage

Sun damage or also known as Photodamage or Photoaging, in layman terms is nothing but the side effects caused by the sun’s UV rays and not being better with sun protection earlier in the day (quite literally). When you discover later in the years about your skin having sun damage, it makes you go, “I wish I never skipped sunscreen,” and “I wish I took sunscreen seriously even on cloudy days!”

The sun’s rays have a profound effect on your skin. The ultraviolet rays (UVA, UVB, & UVC Rays) have prolonged effects that are not immediately known. It causes DNA changes, which ultimately leads to premature aging or even skin cancer. According to dermatologists, photoaging is caused when “ultraviolet (UV) light hits skin unprotected by sunscreen, causing DNA changes at a cellular level. Because photodamage happens in the deepest layers of the skin— the dermis— it can take years before the damage surfaces and becomes visible.” As we age, we see the skin developing dark spots, pigmentation, age spots, freckles, premature aging, sun tan, fine lines and uneven skin texture.

People with pale, lighter skin are more susceptible to photoaging rather than people with darker skin. But few precautions and tips might help you, if not totally reverse sun damage, reduce it to some extent.

  • You can consult your dermatologist and tread forward with any decisions concerning your sun-damaged skin.
  • Always. Wear. Sunscreen. Period. If we were to give only one piece of advice for the rest of your lives, it would be to always wear sunscreen! It is never too late to incorporate sunscreen in your daily routine.
  • A few ingredients might also help you with sun damage. We tell you about the top 4 ingredients that help with sun damage.

Top 4 Ingredients to protect your skin and reverse sun damage

1. Azelaic Acid

It works by lightning any dark spots left by acne inflammation or sun exposure. Azelaic acid is also used for other skin conditions, such as hyperpigmentation, rosacea, and skin lightening. 

#VWRecommends Suganda Azelaic + Niacinamide Serum

This is a very light and beginner-friendly serum with Azelaic acid and Niacinamide which helps in controlling acne and also works on improving the texture of your skin. It is highly hydrating and its calming formula is easily absorbent. One can use it before moisturizing or add a few drops in the moisturizer for it to work its magic into the skin.

2. Niacinamide

It works by blocking the pigment from surfacing on the outer layer of skin and may also decrease pigment production.

#VWRecommends Minimalist 5% Niacinamide Face Serum with Oat Extract & Hyaluronic Acid

A magical concoction that’s suitable for all skin types but highly recommended for people with dry and sensitive skin due to its super hydrating formulation. One can use it in their AM or PM routine for getting skin that feels light, smooth, and naturally plump.

3. Vitamin C

It works as an antiaging agent and repairs existing skin damage.

#VWRecommends Love Earth Vitamin C Sunscreen Spf-50

This one of a kind sunscreen is enriched with SPF 50 and also with the goodness of Vitamin C to protect and repair your skin. It also evens out the complexion and improves skin luminosity with its matte finish texture.

4. Retinols

It works in reducing fine lines, unwanted pigmentation and improving skin texture. 

#VWRecommends Plum 1% Retinol Face Serum with Bakuchiol

Extremely effective and made with all things clean this mind-blowing mix helps boost collagen production & increases the rate of skin cell turnover. Gentle on your skin, it helps your skin stay firmer and smooth and provides you with radiance that's hard to not notice.

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