“I kind of overdid it this summer.” “I didn’t mean to get such a bad sunburn.” “But I was wearing sunscreen!” “It was cloudy!” I hear these comments from my patients frequently, and they often want to know what they can do to minimize sun damage after a little too much fun-in-the-sun. In these last few days of summer, we are often tempted to cram in a little extra R&R, a little more sunshine, before the back-to-school season signals the end of summer fun.
Immediately after prolonged sun exposure, your skin is stressed. One of the best things that you can do to take immediate steps to reduce your skin’s stress level is to apply a lotion or serum containing antioxidants. I would recommend both Phloretin CF® and CE Ferulic® from Skinceuticals. If your dermatologist happens to have GentleWaves™, early treatment (within the first 24-48 hours) can reduce the amount of redness and inflammation that you experience and can improve healing time and quality. Over the next few days, remember that your burned skin will lose moisture faster—so drink extra water to help rehydrate, and continue to apply antioxidants and broad-spectrum sunscreen!
Too late for immediate first aid? Even weeks after a sunburn, GentleWaves LED treatments can help reduce visible signs of sun damage (fine lines, wrinkles, freckles, and redness) and improve skin’s texture and appearance. If the damage is extensive or you have a history of too much sun, you should consult with your dermatologist for a skin safety check and additional treatment options.