#SkinSchool: How to prevent and treat sun-damaged skin

Aside from burning, sun damage can end up showing in ways such as “changes in skin texture, like fine lines and wrinkles in the upper face and around the eyes; an uneven skin tone, with redness and broken capillaries, and pigmentation; and sagging due to damage of the skin’s elastic tissue,” explains Dr Bunting. Another one of the main concerns associated with ageing – lines and wrinkles – can also be put down to sun damage, as Dr Bunting noted. It’s because the skin’s elastin and collagen are responsible for how firm and young it looks, but sun damage – as well as the natural ageing process – can cause these to deteriorate and break down, resulting in the skin wrinkling andsagging. When exposed to the sun, SPF should be reapplied every two hours to remain effective – and you need to ensure you've applied sufficient amounts. In our #SkinSchool video, above, she demonstrates the (somewhat alarming) amount that’s needed just for your face, explaining that“theaverage consumer applies something like a quarter to a half of that amount”. £29.00 .00 Institut Esthederm Face Brightening Tinted Sun Protection Cream £55 £22.00 When it comes to other products that can help speed up the skin’s repair process, Dr Bunting says to look for vitamins A, B and C in your skincare. Firstly, Botox can be used to relax lines and wrinkles in the dynamic parts of the face, delivering “a fresher, less stressed look to the skin.” Then fillers can really help where you’ve got laxity or sagging, she explains, “typically in the cheek areawhere changes in the skin’s tautness mean people can develop jowls and nasolabial creases.” By boosting this area, the skin and facial structure can be lifted.