Your Guide to Skincare Rehab Options that Heal Your Sun Damaged Skin (including DIY)
It’s mid-August – right about the time when my patients (and my family) start to realize that their skin has gotten more sun exposure than might have been ideal. This is the perfect time to start healing your skin – getting a little more shady — and taking steps to reverse that fun in the sun damage you won’t want to bring with you into the fall. So, let’s hold on to summer while starting to heal your damaged summer skin!
Healthy Home Remedies to Save Your Skin:
Let’s start with some fresh basics and build from there! All summer long, my sister and I both keep aloe plants in our homes. Fresh aloe is incredibly healing on sunburned and irritated skin – all of which comes with long, relaxing days at the beach and pool. We have both found that nothing beats having the real deal on hand. I sometimes keep a piece in the fridge so that it’s nice and cool when we come home from the beach. Here’s a video from my Instagram channel where I demo how I cut my fresh aloe at home: Aloe How-To Video
I also share a Probiotic Power Mask with jojoba oil and honey in my book, The Beauty of Dirty Skin. This is a soothing, healing mask for sunburned skin. Here’s how you make it:
You will need:
- 1 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 2-3 capsules of probiotics (check out p. 104 for my recommendations)
- 1 teaspoon raw organic honey
First, you want to combine the jojoba oil and honey in a bowl. Next, open your probiotic capsules and empty the contents into your bowl and mix everything well. Make sure you have washed your skin with a gentle cleanser and then pat dry. Apply your mixture to your clean skin and set a timer for 15 minutes. I love to use my iphone stopwatch because it’s so easy. When your timer goes off, rinse with warm (not hot!) water and a soft, baby wash cloth. Pat dry very gently. Finally, moisturize your skin to lock in restorative, healthy moisture by using a skin-balancing oil like rose-hip-seed oil.
Why it works:Honey is soothing and moisturizing and is also antibacterial to help prevent infection. Jojoba oil is anti-inflammatory to help calm sunburned skin. And, your probiotics will add an extra healing boost when applied topically.
Affordable Products that Save Your Skin:
Naturopathica’s Aloe Replenishing Mask: I keep this mask in my fridge for some serious soothing. It’s very light and is made with hydrating and healing aloe, prickly pear cactus stem extract, hyaluronic acid, and gotu kola extract. During summer, I use this mask twice per week to help revitalize and hydrate my skin. Check it out here: Naturopathica Aloe Replenishing Mask
And, a fun new aloe product that I tried recently is Clarins’ Water Lip Stain, made with aloe vera extract, raspberry water and white tea. I found that the color stayed on while my lips were hydrated and baby soft. Check it out here: Aloe WaterLip Stain
In Office Treatment Options:
Microneedling (also called “collagen induction therapy”) is a procedure based on the use of tiny needles which create tiny, controlled wounds to the skin. Your body reacts by naturally healing your skin and, in the process, building new collagen and elastin in the dermis. More collagen = younger, firmer skin. It is ideal for smoothing the surface of the skin minimizing acne scars and pores, photo-aging, crepey texture, dull skin, poor texture, stretch marks and body scars. It can help with fine lines and wrinkles; in fact, a recent study showed that medical Microneedling can increase epidermal thickness by 140%, while increasing and thickening collagen bundles in the dermis.
Microneedling also allows for serums, topical gels, and creams to penetrate or infuse more deeply into your skin, allowing the products to be more effective. The needle punctures create micro-channels, allowing enhanced penetration of topical products. Serums, for example, are packed with powerful ingredients to benefit your skin. This procedure allows the viscous serums to be absorbed more effectively into your skin, thereby allowing them to achieve accelerated results. Microneedling also does not involve heat, so there is a much lower likelihood of post inflammation pigmentation, which can result from certain laser treatments.
Learn more here: Microneedling Info
FRAXEL (Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatments), which I also offer at my office, resurfaces and rejuvenates your skin while actually decreasing your risk of skin cancer, resulting in fresh, glowing, smooth skin. It’s also excellent for brightening those sun spots (aka lentigos) that appear after years of sun exposure. This is a laser treatment which I recommend after summer – once you will not be spending much time in the sun. This is a great option beginning in September to truly reverse so much of the damage your skin incurred during the sunny, summer months. This is a patient favorite in terms of RESULTS!
Learn more here: Fraxel Info