I’m sure you’d agree that the sun is a wonderful thing. That said, it can do severe damage to your skin if left unchecked. Wrinkles and age spots are just two of the many negative effects that the sun can have on your skin. And, unfortunately, the face and décolleté are often the first places on your body that this damage begins to show.
First and foremost, prevention is the best weapon. Making use of sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses to cover exposed skin can go a long way to preventing wrinkles and sun-damaged skin. Sometimes, though, all the prevention in the world can’t stop sun damage from happening. In those cases, it’s important to know some natural remedies for treating sun-damaged skin. Below we’ll outline six.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar & Onion Juice
According to HomeRemediesWeb.com, apple cider vinegar and onion juice have skin-lightening properties. These lightening properties can help reduce the formation of sunspots on the face and décolleté.
To get started, start by chopping or processing an onion into the smallest bits possible. Then, separate the solid onion from the juice by letting it drip through a strainer or cheesecloth. Thankfully, it only takes a small amount of onion juice (even just ⅛ cup) to make this remedy work.
When you’ve separated at least ⅛ cup of onion juice, mix that with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar. Then, using a cotton swab, apply a small amount to the sun-damaged area and leave on for 30 minutes. Used once a day, you can expect to see results in two or three weeks.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C packs a powerful one-two-three punch. First, it helps revitalize skin by encouraging cell growth. Second, it works to combat premature skin aging by fighting the free radicals that can damage collagen. Third, it inhibits the enzyme tyrosinase which plays a role in the production of the pigment melanin that is responsible for making your skin darken.
To help fight skin discoloration and rejuvenate damaged skin, use a serum or lotion that contains vitamin C. In addition, be sure to consume at least one food high in vitamin C (such as oranges, kale or kiwi) every day.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is packed with fatty acids and vitamin E. The fatty acids work to nourish the skin as a natural moisturizer. The vitamin E is a natural antioxidant that can help to reduce inflammation caused by UVA and UVB rays.
Coconut oil is typically a solid at room temperature but it doesn’t take much heat to change it to a liquid. In fact, your body heat is often enough to cause the transformation. If you find that you need help to melt the coconut oil, a few seconds in a microwave or on the stovetop should get the job done. And, like most of these remedies, a little goes a long so be careful not to overdo it.
Using a spoon or your fingers, simply extract a small amount of coconut oil from the container and, once melted, massage it into the affected area. For best results, apply a small amount of coconut oil up to three times per day. With this regimen, you can expect to see a change in skin tone within just a few days.
4. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is an excellent all-natural remedy for sun damage on the face, neck, and chest. According to New York dermatologist Dennis Gross, it works because it contains citric acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid) that encourages cell production and rejuvenation in the skin.
With lemon juice, a little a cotton-swab-full goes a long way and time often has more to do with its effectiveness than how much you use. Try leaving it on for 30 minutes while you do your hair or make breakfast. When you’re done with these tasks, wash it off and apply a moisturizer and your daily-wear cosmetics.
When using lemon juice to repair sun-damaged skin, watch out for burning or irritation after application. This can be a sign that you’re overdoing it. In addition, don’t leave the juice on for more than 30 minutes as it can begin to damage your skin. If you do feel burning or irritation, stop using lemon juice and let your skin heal.
5. Baking Soda
According to HomeRemediesForLife.com, baking soda can be used to break down the proteins and acids found in sun-damaged skin and help balance the pH level. In addition, baking soda can reduce itching and inflammation and helps keep moisture in the skin where it belongs.
There are many ways you can use baking soda with sun-damaged, or sunburned skin but two of the simplest require nothing more than baking soda and water.
Add baking soda to your bath
Mix one cup of baking soda in a bathtub full of lukewarm water and soak for 20 to 30 minutes. As you soak, the baking soda smooths and repairs the sun-damaged skin. When you’re done soaking, do not rinse it off. Be sure to let your body air dry.
Make a baking soda paste
If you don’t want to soak in a bath or you’re pressed for time, you can make a paste by mixing 2 tablespoons of baking soda with one to two tablespoons of warm water. Apply the paste to the sun-damaged area and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Remove the paste by washing with cool water and be sure to repeat the process at least every other day for best results.
6. SiO Beauty
Home remedies are great, but sometimes you need something a bit more powerful. That’s where SiO Beauty comes in. SiO Beauty’s 24-Hour System can begin healing the sun-ravaged skin of the décolleté in as little as 24 hours.
The entire process is just three easy steps. First, cleanse the décolleté with the SiO cleansing discs to begin the repair process. Next, apply and wear the SiO SkinPad overnight to super-charge the healing effects. Finally, apply the SiO décolleté serum to further hydrate, smooth, and brighten.