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How to Repair Sun-Damaged Skin

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Summer is winding down: as people head back to school or begin spending more time indoors, they may want to reverse the damage that was caused, even unintentionally, by the months of summer sun. Your favorite Windsor spa is here to help ease the transition back inside.

Unfortunately, UV rays don’t simply cause damage on the outside. They can alter the DNA of your skin cells, which leads to lines, discoloration, wrinkles, and even cancer. Every minute of sunlight exposure that your skin experiences means another minute of potential damage.

But healthy, happy skin is just a few steps away. With tips from our beauty salon, here’s how to create and maintain beautiful skin.

Exfoliating is the first step. A gentle, organic cleanser will remove dead skin cells that have built up and that may be holding onto extra brown pigment, which causes unsightly brown spots. The pigment is your body’s natural way of fighting off UV rays, and will keep being produced the longer you’re in the sun. Your best options are exfoliation to work off current brown spots and sunblock to prevent future ones.

Speaking of sunblock, it’s best to keep using it throughout the year. Autumn and winter sun, though producing less heat, will still throw out UV rays that can harm your skin. Our Windsor spa can recommend the best choice for your skin. New FDA regulations also suggest using broad spectrum sunblock, meaning the kinds that protect against both UVA and UVB sun rays.

Once you’re following the first two steps, stock up on antioxidants, both in the foods you eat and in body lotions and creams. Antioxidants help protect the skin’s DNA, preventing cancer, while also shielding collagen from agents that can cause wrinkles and sagging skin. Check with your beauty salon for good antioxidant-rich lotions.

Hydration is an important step, too. Summer sun, chlorine, and salt water can all dry out your body, which passes on the harmful effects to your skin. Try a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid and continue to drink 8-10 glasses of water each day. This will also ensure that your skin continues to produce new skin cells as you slough off the old ones.

Though summer may be winding down, healthy and happy skin is easier to achieve than you think. You can be well on your way even before those vacation pictures have been tucked into a photo album.

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