How to Protect and Prevent Sun Damage with More Than Sunscreen and Shade

Few things feel as nice as a sunny day, but your skin may beg to differ; sun damage can occur even if you don’t get a sunburn and, when left unaddressed, can wreak havoc.

The sun’s bright, scorching rays can take a serious toll on the look and feel of your skin, whether in the short-term with a painful sunburn or via long-term consequences, including photoaging (premature aging caused by sun damage).

How Does Sun Damage Affect the Skin?

There are two types of UV light that may impact the skin:

  1. UVA rays. This type of radiation affects all of the skin’s layers, including the collagen and elastic fibers that give it its structure. Capillaries and epidermal cells are also affected. 
  2. UVB rays. Affecting the outer layer of the skin, UVB radiation damages DNA more intensely than UVA rays and can cause precancerous cells to form.

Sun damage also brings with it a spike in the production of free-radical toxins, which can lead to cell damage and oxidative stress. 

Ingredients to Heal and Repair Sun-Damaged Skin

There are lots of hard-working ingredients commonly found in skincare or cosmetic products that can actually help defend your skin from the sun, soothe irritation, and mend existing damage.

Let’s take a closer look:

Vitamin C

Known for its ability to lighten and brighten, vitamin C is a superstar when it comes to helping your skin bounce back from the fine lines, dark spots, and other changes caused by sun damage.

Plus, studies show that vitamin C may actually help reduce the risk of future sun damage.

Vitamin A

Products containing vitamin A (retinol, retinoids) speed up the overturn of dead skin cells, which means it’s great for ridding your skin of the cells damaged by the sun and the free-radical toxins it creates.

Vitamin A is well-known as an anti-aging tool thanks to its ability to reveal brighter, healthier skin.

Collagen 

Frequently damaged or destroyed by the sun’s harmful UV rays, collagen is a necessary part of rebuilding your skin and helping it look as healthy, firm, and lively as it can.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid helps your skin maintain a good level of moisture and acts as a foundation for plump, healthy-looking skin. Sun damage can easily lower the levels of HA in your skin, leading it to lose its elasticity and feel dry or lackluster. 

Luckily, you can replace the HA your skin loses to lower your chances of developing fine lines, wrinkles, and related concerns.

How to Prevent Further Sun Damage to Your Skin

In addition to practicing good habits like wearing sunscreen when exposed to sunlight, using hats and sunglasses, and staying hydrated, you can help protect your skin from sun damage with the help of a consistent skincare routine.

The Fièra Skincare Set makes it easy to give your skin the support it needs to fend off sun damage as well as the stresses of day-to-day life. 

Our Skincare Set includes products that can pack a serious punch against sun damage, including our Citrus Stem C Serum, the Fièra Multi-Effect Neck + Décolletage Cream, and our Apple Stem Cell Cream. 

Fièra’s tips and products have all the solutions you need to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, improve the look of dark spots, and hydrate your skin to help you achieve a healthy and radiant complexion.

Protect, defend, and repair your skin with the help of Fièra!

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