Damage from the summer sun can manifest in different ways. Frequent dehydration leads to wrinkles and premature aging, while too much sun exposure promotes blotchy pigmentation and dark spots. Most commonly, failure to prevent sun damage results in sunburns, which can be painful to the touch.
While sun damage is definitely a bummer, it shouldn’t ruin the summer season for you. These natural remedies will help you reduce any summer sun damage to your skin whether it be wrinkles, dark spots or burns that need soothing.
Benefits of Green Tea and Arbutase
Green tea has numerous amazing health benefits, from lowering blood pressure to improving memory and more. These benefits extend even to the skin, protecting it from inflammation, aging and cancer. What makes green tea so potent? The answer lies in its antioxidants, which neutralize toxic by-products of sun exposure. This makes it a great natural remedy for reducing sun damage during the summer.
One way to enjoy the benefits of green tea is to simply add it to your regular diet. But if you want a foolproof way to enjoy the benefits of this natural remedy, try applying it with a topical method. Many skincare products contain green tea to naturally improve the skin, whether it brightens pigmentation or repairs damage.
Using a toner made with green tea can strengthen and hydrate the skin, helping to protect protect against many kinds of environmental skin damage, including premature aging. It stimulates cell regeneration, resulting in healthier and stronger skin.
Arbutase based serums go a step further by also brightening the skin and reducing hyperpigmentation caused by prolonged sun exposure. By exfoliating the skin, arbutase does away with blotches for an even skin tone.
Benefits of Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is perhaps one of nature’s best remedies, especially for the skin: it fixes burns, cold sores, frostbite and more. When it comes to summer skin care, aloe vera is notable for treating sunburns and premature aging. This is because it’s packed with minerals including magnesium, ameno acids, potassium, vitamins and lots of water.
You can apply aloe vera to easily keep your skin hydrated and repair any damage made by the summer sun. Creams containing aloe vera as a key ingredient soothe the skin and keep it at a natural moisture balance. Those that are oil- and comedogenic-free work well with all skin types, so consider taking it with you on your next vacation.
Benefits of Apples
Among the tried-and-true home remedies for fighting wrinkles is apple cider vinegar. It reduces age spots, balances the skin’s pH value and soothes sunburns as well, giving aloe vera a run for its money. Most important, though, is its potential to protect against harsh sun damage.
If you’d like to enjoy the benefits of apple on your skin without the smelliness of vinegar, look for creams that contain phytochemicals, vitamins and antioxidants found in organic apples and other natural product. When applied at night, these creams strengthen the skin by increasing cellular longevity and resistance to free radicals from the sun. This keeps skin safe from sun damage and premature aging, which contributes to a youthful and healthier look.
A citrus-based cream is another great alternative to those derived from apples. Try pairing an apple-based cream at night with a citrus-based one in the morning for all-day protection!
Benefits of Cucumber
Cucumber is excellent for the skin, and it shouldn’t be a surprise: cucumber-covered eyes are the norm when we imagine spa visits and facial treatments. Why is this the case? Because cucumbers are adept at lightening the skin (which means saying goodbye to those dark, baggy eyes).
The area around the eyes are particularly vulnerable to sun damage and aging, resulting in “crow’s feet,” or small wrinkles. If you want to protect the areas around your eyes but feel silly covering them with cucumber slices, try a cucumber-based eye cream instead. This provides antioxidants that reduce signs of aging caused by sun exposure and leave skin feeling soft and smooth.
Make Some LIfestyle Changes Too
It might surprise you to learn that your diet helps strengthen—or weaken—your skin’s ability to shield itself from sun damage. Foods that are high in carotenoids improve your body’s ability to protect against UV rays. They also give you an attractive bronze glow. Some examples of foods containing carotenoids are carrots, tomatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes and kale.
Don’t forget to wear sunblock, too. It’s a no-brainer that sunblock reduces and protects against sun damage, but many neglect to apply it. Thankfully, you probably have one or even a few natural sunblock options in your pantry: coconut oil, carrot seed oil and sesame oil are all good (and delicious!) choices.
For Persistent Issues, See Your Dermatologist
Natural remedies are great for treating summer sun damage that isn’t too serious. But sometimes too much time in the sun can lead to significant burns, pigmentation or wrinkling that are tougher to treat. In this case, it’s a good idea to visit your dermatologist for custom treatments and formulas that work best for your skin type or affliction.
Sun damage isn’t just an aesthetic issue; it can hurt, too! Don’t wait to get treatment if past efforts don’t work. This way you can enjoy plenty of summer fun in the sun without worries, pain and wrinkles!