Repair and reverse the look of sun damaged skin

Acne scar on skinAs the weather heats up and people head outside to enjoy it, it is easy to forget to protect yourself from the sun’s dangerous rays. Cancer is the most serious consequence of excess sunbathing, but it is not the only one. Repeated exposure to UV rays causes the skin to lose the ability to repair itself – this results in more wrinkles, fine lines and sun spots.The good news is you can repair, and sometimes reverse, skin damage from the skin. As well as lathering yourself in sun cream, take these steps.ExfoliateThis removes dead skin and reduces fine lines; it helps detoxify, brighten and smooth; and it allows moisturisers and anti-aging serums to work better. Loofahs, scrubs or alpha hydroxy acid cleansers do the job at home. You can also ask your dermatologist about microdermabrasion, a procedure to treat age spots and shallow wrinkles. Be warned that exfoliating will make your skin even more vulnerable to damage, so do not head straight out into the sun after doing so.VitaminsA, C and E – These antioxidant-packed vitamins fight sun damage, particularly when they're in skin products. Vitamin C, for example, is vital for collagen and elastin, a fibre that supports skin structure; it may also improve texture. Get your antioxidants in green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, carrots, blueberries, beans, fatty fish and nuts