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You may not know it but your skin becomes sun-damaged the moment you get the slightest sun tan.
In the top skin layer, there are varying levels of melanin pigments that give our skin its tone. If you have a darker skin tone, your skin has more of these. These dark brown pigments also act as a kind of natural defence for us. When your skin is sun damaged, it produces more melanin to protect itself and this is how you get a tan. This is also why if you have a lighter skin tone, you are more vulnerable to UV damage as your skin has less melanin to protect itself.
Besides looking more tanned, here are three other common signs of sun damage in your skin.
Sun damage sign #1: Blotchy, red and irritated skin
For some of us, one of the earliest signs of sun damage is flaky, red and sensitive skin. Wearing a sunscreen can help to lessen some of these effects.
But if your skin still feels irritated, apply a post-sun care product like DrGL® Restore Gel Mask. It is made with anti-bacterial botanical ingredients like gardenia florida and scutellaria baicalensis root extracts that help to soothe and heal dry, itchy and inflamed skin. You can apply this blue-tinged gel as a moisturiser or layer it on thickly like a cooling mask. Psst… pack it in your luggage on any beach vacation, please.
Sun damage sign #2: Pigmentation
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, long-term sun damage is permanent but some treatments can reduce some signs of it.
For instance, one common sign of sun damage is the surfacing of pigmentation or age spots. When melanin production is triggered in skin as a form of natural protection, this can sometimes be an uneven process. As a result, the melanin pigments show up as irregular pigmentation marks.
The DrSpa® Whiten & Brighten facial treatment is designed to treat pigmentation problems with ingredients like vitamin C-rich camu camu and acai berry.
Sun damage sign #3: Wrinkles, rough and dry skin
After you’ve been out in the sun for hours, it is important that you moisturise your skin immediately to plump up any fine lines that may appear due to sun damage. After all, UV exposure can lead to premature skin ageing – there’s even a special medical term for this known as photo-ageing.
Photo-ageing causes coarse and dry skin, wrinkles and an overall leathery appearance. This is why people who take part in a lot of outdoor sports or who work in jobs that require long hours in the sun tend to have aged, leathery skin.
Try the DrSpa® Repair & Rejuvenate skin treatment which uses advanced GEM and Ionwave technology as well as a potent combination of bio-phyto actives to repair skin. The result: a dewy, glowing complexion.
Former women's magazine editor Pearlyn Tham bought her first foam cleanser and liquid foundation at the age of 13. More than 20 years later, she has since moved on to eye creams, liquid lipsticks and – her security blanket – sunscreens.
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