Healing Skin Damage from the Minnesota Sun

A lot of us are really good about protecting ourselves from sun damage during the summer. Let’s be honest, though – we want to be tan. Living in Minnesota gives us pasty white skin most of the year, so when the time comes to soak up some rays and enjoy the outdoors, we don’t want to blind our friends with our skin. So we use a lower SPF or none at all in order to get some of that sun-kissed glory. No matter how good your tan looks, those UV rays alter the DNA of your skin cells, making you more likely to develop wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration.

The good news is that you can reverse the damage and nurture healthy skin for years to come. Here are 4 things you need to do to prevent and heal sun damage.

  1. Exfoliate properly. When you scrub dead skins cells off, it often gives you an uneven and inefficient exfoliation, especially when you’re trying to recover from UV damage. Chemical exfoliation, however, dissolves dead skin cells and leaves your skin bright and glowing. You can find chemical exfoliants in stores and do this yourself. The high-quality products cost around $70, and you must be careful to follow the directions exactly. The product can aggravate your skin and cause some unwanted side effects.
    A safer option is to see a professional at a skin treatment center. The practitioner will be able to understand your skin type and better predict the kind of reaction it has to a variety of products. Additionally, he or she can recommend other professional exfoliations that may be more effective given your level of sun damage. It is more expensive than a store-bought solution, but if you’re smart enough to spend $70 on healthy skin, you will certainly benefit from expanding your budget a little more to get the right treatment for you.
  1. Combat those brown spots. When the skin unevenly produces melanin, which is the pigment it activates to fight UV radiation, it can result in brown spots. You can find skin bleaching products, or spot and pigment gel, to lighten these areas. In many cases, a professional chemical peel or other exfoliation treatment will target brown spots, too, so you may be covered if you already saw a skin specialist.
  1. Always wear SPF. You’re exposed to UV rays year-round, so it is good to get in the habit of wearing lotions and/or makeup that already protects you. If you choose skin products with UV protection, it won’t be so damaging when you go out in the sun for longer periods of time and forget to apply sunscreen right away.
  1. Nourish skin from the inside out. You want antioxidants that will combat against the free radicals that attack collagen and elastin. Eat antioxidant-rich foods like cranberries, blueberries, artichokes, pecans, and walnuts. Use products with antioxidants like vitamin C-based creams and serums. A professional can also help you understand the kinds of topical products you need for your skin.

With deliberate and regular skin care, you can prevent and reverse the damaging effects of the sun. If you’re serious about healthy skin, or you’ve accumulated a lot of damage, it’s time to see a skincare professional. The technicians at Urban Retreat Med Spa in Minneapolis are trained to understand your skin type and personal skin needs. We want to deliver the best results in the way you are most comfortable with. We care not only about how you look, but how you feel about how you look. Meet with us today to determine if our treatment plan is right for you: 952-974-7858; contact@urbanretreatmn.com.