How to Reverse Signs of Sun Damage

How to Reverse Signs of Sun Damage

The summer is an incredible time for hitting the beach or the pool and general fun in the sun. Spending time in the sun feels amazing but it can also damage your skin.

Prevention is the best way to avoid sun damage, but if you’re already seeing the signs of damage on your skin, a combination of skin care treatments and lifestyle changes can help. Licensed aesthetician Luba Lander and board-certified plastic surgeon Joseph Fodero, MD, PA, from Northeastern Plastic Surgery in Florham Park, New Jersey, share how to reverse damage from the summer sun.

Types of damage from the sun

Spending long periods in the sun, particularly in the summer, can be hard on your skin. Over time, the consequences of prolonged sun exposure can include:

The problems caused by sun damage aren’t just cosmetic. Years of sunburn and unsafe sun exposure also increase your risk of skin cancer.

Lifestyle changes to reverse sun damage

If you’ve experienced sun damage, good skincare and a healthy lifestyle routine can help reverse and prevent future damage. One of the first changes you can make is ensuring you’re wearing a quality SFP 30 or higher sunscreen on your face and any exposed body parts.

Reapply your sunscreen regularly, and further limit your sun exposure by seeking out the shade, wearing a hat with a large brim, and avoiding the sun in the middle of the day. Eating a healthy diet, staying active, getting enough sleep, and reducing stress also improve the appearance of your skin.

Additionally, establishing a good skincare routine beyond SPF helps sun-damaged skin. Our team recommends quality products, like brightening creams, serums, moisturizers, and products with Retin-A and hydraulic acid, in formulations that aren’t available over the counter.

Sun damage reversing procedures

Our team also offers many nonsurgical procedures that, combined with lifestyle changes, help reverse sun damage. Some of the skin care procedures we offer include:

Aerolase® laser

The Aerolase Neo laser is a powerful, revolutions medical laser that addresses many skin issues caused by sun damage. The Neo uses the 650-microsecond technology to quickly and powerfully address skin damage.

This nonsurgical treatment, over a series of sessions, rejuvenates your skin by reducing the appearance of sun damage, such as hyperpigmentation, melasma, and redness. Aerolase is more effective and less painful than other laser treatments.

Chemical peel

Chemical peels help with sun damage by removing damaged layers of your skin and revealing the fresh, healthy layers below. Sun damage chemical peels can help include fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and sun spots.


Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive skin treatment that involves using micro-crystals to remove skin cells and debris from your outer skin. This treatment removes sun damage, including unevenness and redness in the skin tone, wrinkles, and fine lines.

Enjoying the sun and maintaining a healthy, glowing complexion is possible. If you’re concerned about preventing or treating skin damage, our team can develop a skincare and lifestyle routine combined with targeted skin products and procedures that make your skin shine.

Contact us to make a skincare appointment.

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