Symptoms Hyperpigmentation (a darkening of the skin) is another common sign of sun damaged skin as are talangiectasia (visible red capillaries). A very serious concern of sun damage is the increased risk of cancerous lesions (skin cancer).
Causes UVA and UVB rays irradiate the skin resulting in numerous free radicals and inflammatory responses. Our skin has a clever system of protecting us from these harmful rays via a complex process of melanin production.
Even so, irradiation breaks down the collagen and elastin fibres which are vital to skin structure and the youthful appearance of the skin. Often this deterioration may initially be noticed as fine lines upon the skin’s surface which may deepen gradually over time.
Prevention The single most effective and protective measure against sun damage for adults and children is the daily application of an effective sun block. Sun damage is something that we are all warned about, but how many of us actually take proactive actions to protect our skin from the harmful rays of sun?
Treatment And how exactly can Ayurveda help in this process? Because sun damage tends to show up later in life, we are usually dealing with Pitta dosha and/or Vata dosha. Of course anyone can suffer from this condition due to excessive, unprotected sun exposure during childhood and beyond. Hydration, retinol and antioxidants are key for treating sun damaged skin.
To treat sun damaged skin, we recommend the following products: