1 in 5 people suffer from skin cancer each year. Melanoma is one of the most dangerous forms of cancer and if not identified and treated early enough it can be fatal. Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep your skin safe and reduce your chances of developing melanoma skin cancer. Firstly, it starts with looking after your skin and protecting it from being damaged by the sun.
Sun-damaged skin is not something you should take lightly. Even the slightest of damage can have long-term serious effects on your skin and general health, which is why taking care of your skin prior to exposing it to UV rays is extremely important. However, there are also things you can do to look after your skin following excessive sun exposure if you have sun damaged skin having not initially protected your skin from the sun.
SKINCARE TIPS FOR SUN DAMAGED SKIN
Using Aloe Vera on Your Skin
Applying aloe vera on sun-damaged skin is important aftercare and ongoing skincare treatment for both skin damaged by the sun, as well as protecting skin from sun exposure. Aloe vera cannot prevent sunburn, but it helps to soothe and hydrate sun damaged areas on the skin. Aloe vera can be applied in a couple of ways, either as a gel or a lotion, but can also be ingested raw. It’s a solution for sun-damaged skin that is best applied when refrigerated and the solution is 100% aloe vera. It also helps to rehydrate the skin which is important, because sun-damaged skin can result in skin dehydration which causes various long-term issues with ageing, skin sagging and wrinkles.
Aloe vera should be applied multiple times a day, especially if the skin is damaged by the sun, to help with the soothing of burned skin layers and reducing redness and blotchiness thanks to aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties.
Hydration is key to sun damaged skin
Skin cancer dermatologists recommend that you consume and apply water to your skin to help keep the skin hydrated. Hydration is key because it helps with handling sun-damaged skin poisoning, as well as sunstroke. While you can’t use water to overcome these, cool baths and consuming enough water to remain hydrated and re-hydrate your skin helps with managing these symptoms of sunburn, whilst also helping your skin to rejuvenate and begin fixing the sun-damaged skin cells.
Using after-sun products on your sun damaged skin
Aftercare skin products are important for helping sun-damaged skin. Aftersun includes the ingredient Paraffinum Liquidum which is a mineral oil that helps to keep the skin hydrated on the top layers. It also stops water from evaporating from the skin, which keeps the outer skin layers hydrated, too. This has both benefits of hydration but also disadvantages such as blocking oil from leaving the skin and can clog pores. The best aftersun skin products include ingredients such as Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice to help with the soothing and rejuvenation of the damaged skin layers.
A fun fact is that aftersun can help prolong your tan as it encourages the protective skin cells to remain on the outer layers of the skin and heightens your sun exposure protection.
Using sun protection daily
Skin cancer dermatologists will recommend that you use sun protection daily. Using an SPF 30 sunscreen as a minimum for daily sun protection stops the sun’s harmful UV rays from penetrating your skin and causing spikes in melasma in the skin cells. It’s also worth noting that these harmful UV rays can penetrate the skin even during winter months as UV ray damage is not season dependent.
Anti-ageing products on sun damaged skin
Health.com reports a woman claims to have cured her sun-damaged skin with anti-ageing skincare products. In the article, dermatologists approve of the skincare routine. If you can afford to maintain a skincare routine like this then anti-ageing products can help in some ways with sun-damaged skin.
This is because these products contain ingredients such as zinc oxide, which helps to protect the skin from UV rays – this naturally keeps the skin protected every day, allowing the skin to heal its damaged layers. Additionally, the cleansers and retinoids used help to remove dead skin cells, encouraging collagen production and skin rejuvenation while also keeping the skin hydrated.
WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT A DERMATOLOGIST FOR A PROFESSIONAL MOLE CHECK
If you notice a new mole form after sun exposure, then you need to get your moles checked by a dermatologist. Your moles should be checked every few months or at least twice per year and mapped yearly to ensure any mole changes are recorded and monitored throughout your lifespan.
If you’re concerned about your moles, please visit our mole checking services page and book a consultation online or contact us to talk to one of our experts today. For more information on your skin, moles and melanoma, visit our dermatology insights.
WHY CHOOSE EVERYTHING SKIN CLINIC?
At Everything Skin Clinic™, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private care.
We offer a range of treatments and can offer one, or a combination of treatments to achieve the best results. Unlike many other clinics, we can offer diagnosis and treatment all under one roof by expert consultant dermatologist, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.
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