How to protect your hair and skin from sun damage?
Sun rays can be really damaging. No matter how hard you try, the harmful radiations of sun somehow affect us. Sun damage can take a toll on our skin in various forms like hair damage, tanning, sun spots, rashes, etc. Thankfully, these signs of sun damage are not permanent. They can be got ridden of by using some home remedies. Audrey D'souza, TIGI Educator and Sangeeta Velaskar, Vice President and Head at Medical Services and Research and Development, Kaya Limited has penned down some amazing tricks to protect your skin and hair from future sun damage. Here we go.
How to reverse sun damage from hair?
Coloured hair are more prone to sun damage. Over-exposure to sun rays can fade away the hair colour and also make them dry and brittle.
- Wash your hair with a shampoo that is especially equipped to protect your hair colour from thermal damage and fading.
- Pay extra attention to hairlines while washing your hair. Rinse your hair with cold water after conditioning. This helps your hair retain the shine.
- Use a powerful moisture packed shampoo. It repairs your hair and provides the needed nourishment.
- If your damaged hair has a straw-like texture, the first thing you can do to make it look better and restore body is to get a trim.
- A super short cut is not necessary, you can leave some length. If you are bold enough to chop it all off, a short bob or cute pixie can undo all the damage in one clean sweep.
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How to revive your skin from sun damage?
Age spots and freckles are usually an indicator of sun damage that has crept up over time. Even if you are not planning on staying in the sun for a long time, always apply a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 25 and choose a product that also offers protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. This can help prevent the age spots from darkening.
- Even though the rainy season is approaching, upto 80 per cent of UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover which is why applying sunscreen is essential even during the monsoon.
- To reverse any age spots or freckles caused due to sun exposure use retinol-based products, which help increase skin cell turnover, and in turn help them fade away, or hexinol-based products will also help reduce this appearance.
- Apply a rich night cream before bed which will help rejuvenate the skin at night, that's when the skin repairs itself. The best time to apply moisturiser is when skin is still slightly damp, as this helps seal in the moisture. Ensure you stay hydrated by drinking at least three liters of water daily.
- For itchy or irritated skin, the aim should be to get extreme dryness under control. Cleansers and moisturisers, containing skin conditioners that work to create a protective film, and emollients like glycerin and shea butter, help restore an optimal level of hydration.
- In addition, soothing agents, like bisabolol, allantoin and/or panthenol can help calm itchy, tight or dry skin.
- Skin is often dull, uneven and rough after a summer full of constant sun exposure and outdoor activities. When your skin surface is covered with dry, dead skin cells, it needs more than a deeply hydrating moisturiser to make it feel soft again.
- Exfoliate regularly to reveal the smooth skin underneath and to improve the absorption of your other skin products, especially during a change in weather.
(With IANS Inputs)