Your Guide to Treating Sun Damaged Skin

A chance to treating sun damaged skin

By Azra Shuib | April 5th, 2024

According to research, up to 80% of visible aging is caused by UV rays exposure. This includes wrinkling, pigmentation and all photoaging appearance. Which means although you get enough sleep, do not drink excessively and get regular facial treatments, you are at risk of getting sun damaged skin if you do not protect your skin.

Prevention is better than cure. Hence why sunscreen applications are highly encouraged by skin experts. But what if your skin is already damaged with fine lines and hyperpigmentation? Is there any chance to get your smooth skin back? Lucky for us now, with great skincare ingredients and innovative facial treatments, reversing or reducing the damage is possible.

Product ingredients to look for

Use these ingredients to reverse sun damage:


This famous ingredient is a potent agent to treat hyperpigmentation. Studies have found that niacinamide is able to improve dullness of the skin, strengthen barrier function, increase skin elasticity, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as act as an antioxidant. Since it’s available in serums and moisturizers, it’s an easy addition to your skincare routine.

Vitamin C

This skin brightening ingredient is powerful antioxidant that can protect your skin from free radicals damage. By neutralizing free radicals, vitamin can prevent damage from even happening. It also helps in boosting collagen production.

Topical retinols and retinoids

A type of vitamin A, these ingredients can help to fade hyperpigmentation by incresing cell turnover, revealing your healthy skin underneath. They can also fight acne, clogged pores and fine lines - which means an improvement of overall skin texture.

It’s important to also understand that vitamin A derivatives (retinol, tretinoin, isotretinoin) and AHAs (lactic acid, glycolic acid, mandelic acid) can increase sun sensitivity. A good measure is to apply them at night, and use sunscreen in the morning (as you should always do).

Facial treatments options

Getting a thorough check from the experts can do wonders for your skin. With lasers and infusion therapies that can help in giving lustrous skin, it’s not too late to reverse any damage. For instance, chemical peels can help with revealing healthier skin underneath by using exfoliating solutions onto your skin. This treatment is suitable for issues like wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, melasma and other skin problems that cause uneven skin tone and texture.

In addition, lasers can be effective as well. The suitable type of laser for your skin would be subjected to the dermatologists' examination on your skin. Usually, more severe issues would require ablative laser rather than a non-ablative one, but in some cases, a non-ablative laser would be more suitable.

How do lasers work?

To give a general guide on how a certain device functions, when the laser light is targeted on the problematic area, the light energy will be converted to heat, thus destroying the melanin that causes skin darkening. It may require repeated treatments, but the results have been a game changer for many.

Another effective treatment is called Vitamin Ion Introduction, which delivers vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin B5 into the skin via Iontophoresis. It's more effective than applying topical creams and it's also safe as it uses beneficial ingredients on your skin. With repeated treatments, your skin will become clearer, brighter and healthier.


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