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Reverse signs of sun damage on hair, skin

Reverse signs of sun damage on hair, skin


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Sun exposure can damage hair and skin but there are ways to mitigate damage and even prevent its harmful effects, suggest experts.
TIGI Educator Audrey D'souza and Sangeeta Velaskar, and Kaya Limited Vice-President and Research and Development Head gives tips on how to save and revive hair and skin's healthy glow.

For hair:
u9679? Coloured hair is always an easy target for harsh sunrays. If your coloured hair has been constantly exposed to the sun, there is a big chance that the hair colour have faded leaving the hair dull and dry.
To keep the colour and to bring back its shine and softness, wash hair with shampoo designed to protect it from thermal damage and colour fading.
Pay extra attention to the hairlines while washing and complete the regimen with a cold rinse after conditioning. This helps to close and seal down the cuticle for coloured hair.
u9679? Treat your hair to a powerful moisture packed shampoo. The hydrating formula targets areas in most need of repair. If your damaged hair has a straw-like texture, the first thing you can do to make it look better and restore body is to get a trim. If you are bold enough to chop it all off, a short bob or a pixie can undo all the damage in one clean sweep.

For skin:
u9679? Age spots and freckles are usually an indicator of sun damage that has crept up over time. Always apply a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 25 even if you are not planning on staying in the sun for a long time. Choose a product that also offers protection against UVA and UVB rays. This can help prevent the age spots from darkening.
Up to 80 percent of UV radiation can penetrate through cloud which is why applying sunscreen is essential even during cloudy weather.
u9679? To reverse age spots or freckles caused by sun exposure, use retinol-based products, which help increase skin cell turnover, and in turn help them fade away. Hexinol-based products also help reduce appearance of age spots.
u9679? Apply a rich night cream before going to bed which will help rejuvenate the skin at night, when the skin repairs itself. The best time to apply moisturiser is when skin is still slightly damp, as this helps seal in the moisture. Ensure hydration by drinking at least three liters of water daily.
u9679? For itchy or irritated skin, the aim should be to get extreme dryness under control. Cleansers and moisturisers containing skin conditioners that work to create a protective film, and emollients like glycerin and shea butter, help restore an optimal level of hydration.
Soothing agents like bisabolol, allantoin and/or panthenol also help calm itchy, tight or dry skin.
u9679? Skin is often dull, uneven and rough after a summer full of constant sun exposure and outdoor activities. When your skin surface is covered with dry, dead skin cells, it needs more than a deeply hydrating moisturiser to make it feel soft again.
Exfoliate regularly to reveal the smooth skin underneath and to improve the absorption of your other skin products, especially during a change in weather.