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What Are The Effective Ways to Repair Sun Damaged Skin?

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Our culture calls us into the sun in so many ways – an outdoor life is said to be healthy and nothing beats a day at the beach. But hiking, swimming, and our other outdoor activities bring with them a price tag: the cost to our skin of overexposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. The sun not only directly burns the skin and it also increases the release of free radicals, continuing damage to skin for months or years.

So how do we repair sun damaged skin?

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Best Ways To Repair Sun Damaged Skin

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Studies have shown that up to 80% of visible aging is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

The sun’s UV rays break down two important skin fibers: collagen and elastin. This depletion not only causes discoloration but also reduces the skin’s ability to heal itself. The sun also depletes the skin’s natural oils, drying it out and facilitating further burning and damage.

To make it worse, you cannot see the sun’s damage in real-time. Just as sunburn may take hours to be seen, sun damage also hides in your skin for years – showing up in older age and mischaracterized as “age spots”. In fact, age spots are not age-related but are the delayed appearance of earlier sun damage to the skin. After this hyperpigmentation manifests, the next steps are lines, wrinkles, and sagging. All of these effects are actually sun damage.

In this article, we discuss the effect of the sun on our skin and how to begin repairing skin’s appearance. But before we do, we must emphasize that repairing sun-damaged skin starts with stopping the ongoing damage every day – remember that every time you go into the sun, you accept additional exposure so we discuss prevention here in addition to repair.

To stop the accumulating damage to your skin from the sun, practice these commonsensical skin protection tactics every day:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
  • Reduce exposure to direct sunlight by running errands earlier or later.
  • Wear protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses to minimize exposure to your tender facial skin.


With these basics in place, you can start working to turn back the hands of time. Repairing sun-damaged skin is possible but takes time. Use these practices regularly and watch your skin for changes. And speak with your doctor about a topical cream or gel that includes some of the following ingredients.

1. Niacinamide

Niacinamide has so many benefits for the skin that we wrote an entire blog article about it. It is known to reduce hyperpigmentation, acts as an antioxidant, improves the epidermal skin barrier, reduces redness, and improves elasticity.


2. Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are made from lactic acid, mandelic acid (derived from almonds), and glycolic acid (derived from sugarcane). AHAs help renew your skin by supporting your skin’s own ability to exfoliate itself. It should be applied only in the evening as it increases your sensitivity to the sun.


3. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) moisturizes the skin and locks moisture in. As a humectant, HA can literally draw moisture from the air to further moisturize skin all day. Its properties for restoring and protecting skin are so extensive that we devoted a whole article to it.

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4. GHK-cu

Relief from sun damage was one of the specific functions of GHK-cu that we mentioned in our article on the peptide. GHK-cu is a copper derivative first isolated in 1973 and tunes gene expression to a healthier state. GHK-cu is also known to stimulate antioxidants which neutralize free radicals, a source of skin damage.


5. Retinoids

Retinoids are chemically derived from vitamin A. Their gift to your skin is an acceleration of the skin’s turnover cycles – the rate and frequency at which your skin exfoliates and renews itself. Retinoids also stimulate the production of collagen, lighten brown spots, and reduce pore size.


6. Vitamin C

Good old vitamin C has powerful antioxidant properties that work against free radicals, those skin-damaging chemicals in your system.

It is a lot to think about! We get it. If you have questions about sun-damaged skin or any of the ingredients or conditions discussed here, Regen Labs has options for you. All Regen Labs products support the body’s natural systems for a healthy brain, skin, muscle, and sexual health.

Without toxins or synthetic chemicals, Regen Labs products contain research-proven ingredients to boost the body’s natural ability to be healthy.


Let’s talk! If you have questions, we would love to connect. Contact us at [email protected].

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