Natural ways to repair sun damaged skin 8



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Years in the sun can take a toll on anyone’s appearance, especially baby boomers who didn’t always wear sunscreen when they were younger. Now you may be seeing sun spots, dark or red patches and other types of sun damage.

Don’t worry though, there are ways you can repair them at home with these simple natural remedies.

Of course, if any of your sun damage worries you, it’s best to see your doctor.

Here’s our top tips.


Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a tried and tested sunburn remedy thanks to its calmative and reparative properties. All you need to do is locate an aloe vera plant and break off one of the ‘leaves’. Apply this directly and as often as you need to see a reduction in your burn.

Green tea

This can protect against sunburn in the first place, but will help also help promote wound healing and skin regeneration because it is an anti-inflammatory. Simple brew a pot of green tea and let it cool. Soak a clean cloth in the tea, and use it as a compress for sunburned areas.


Under eye sun damage

Rose water

The rejuvenating features of rose water are very effective in soothing the area. Just apply cotton balls soaked in rose water on closed eyes for 15 minutes or so.

Witch hazel

Witch hazel contains chemicals called tannins which, when applied to directly to the skin, can help reduce swelling, repair damaged skin, and ward off nasty bacteria. You’ll most likely find witch hazel in a liquid extract form, which is simply distilled from the dried leaves, bark, and twigs of the plant.

Soak cotton balls in witch hazel and place on your under eye area. Leave for 10 minutes or so.


Sun spots

Olive oil

Olive oil has a plethora of uses with one being a great skin nourisher. It is also high in vitamin E, which also gets rid of sun spots. Simply apply to the area once a day and rub in like you would moisturiser.

Orange and apple cider vinegar

The power of the citrus in the orange helps to lighten dark spots. Mix one teaspoon of orange juice with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and then use a clean cotton ball to put this mixture on your age spots before you go to bed.


Cucumber mask

The coolness of cucumber will help to counteract the heat from the redness. Cut up a cucumber into slices and chill it in the fridge, then apply to your face. Leave for half an hour and rinse with cold water.


Oats sooth and reduce redness, itching and is well known for its ability to calm skin. Mix the oats with water and apply. Leave on for 20 minutes and wash off.



It is not too late to use protection when you go out in the sun. You may already have sun damage but to prevent more or exacerbating what you do have, always wear sunscreen. Look for mineral based (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), chemical-free, broad spectrum sun protection.


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  1. I would like to add a word of warning, if you get any suspicious mark on your skin consult your doctor, I have to go the dermatologist every 6 months to be checked, and ever 6 months they find more skin cancers. be skin smart, get it checked

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    • Well said Libbi we can’t be to careful, I was a swimmer in my younger days and always in the sun and although I have been lucky so far, I’m always checking in case there is anything because my cousins were like me always in the sun and one of them has been fighting melanoma for many years and loads of surgeries.

  2. I went to a Nutrimetics seminar a couple of months ago and the consultant said that exfoliation will help brown age spots to fade. I have also found using a loofah once a week on my body keeps the spots on my arms from being rough. After exfoliating apply a body lotion. Result – beautiful smooth arms. I showed my doctor my arms and he said he would not do anything as the spots were not rough and ugly looking. The spots I have on my arms are not the dangerous ones.

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    • I might be wrong but I think Nutrimentic will be trying to sell their products, people should always consult their doctor

  3. Never mentioned good coconut oil – this wonder has been used in the Islands for many years and its benefits are not always recognized…its my daily routine for hands and face before going into the sun it has its own protection without harmful chemicals found in many sun blockouts.

  4. On the 5th October I posted the following parras for a similar question. If you missed my reply here it is again.

    I do a lot of fly fishing on the flats so that means I’m out in the sun with no shade for up to 10 hours a day. So one is continuously exposed to the sun coming down at you and coming up at you off the water and/or the white coral sands

    I am of Irish decent so have the fair complexion and after growing up in the tropics have had hundreds of SCCs and BCCs removed. The worst was the fluorouracil treatment to my face which kills the SCC/BCC cells and in doing so all of the skin on the face is defoliated. Not pleasant but, fixed the problem.

    So, how do I approach protection? With SPF50 clothes. Initially I wore Columbia type shirts, GoSo Adapta Caps and GoSo gloves. I found the shirts too hot as the shirt itself would get hot so a got a couple of GoSo shirts at the right price. My daughter bought them for me as a pressy. Seven years ago I got introduced to the Buff. Absolutely fantastic for what I do.

    So now I wear duck billed cap, Buff, GoSo shirt and gloves and lightweight polyester long trousers. The only place which is exposed is the 20mm strip across my forehead between my sunglasses and cap and it gets a good dose of Bronze Zinc.

    After a week’s fishing like that I get a very very light tan.

    So now I have approx. 10 plus GoSo shirts, 7 Buffs, 5 pairs of GoSo gloves. The shirts I wear all of the time whether I’m fishing or not. The lite coloured ones get soaked in nappysan prior to each wash. The only time I don’t wear them is when I’m travelling and then I wear SPF50 fishing shirts with all of the pockets as I find them cooler when driving long distances and travelling on aircraft.

    When something better comes along I may change but, in the meantime I’m happy and so is my skin cancer doctor. B|

  5. I have been using Aloe Vera as a toner every night (don’t get too close to eyes) and Witch Hazel every morning as a toner followed by Rose Hip Oil. Great for keeping age spots lighter and wrinkles a bit less visible. Just need to keep using it and not very expensive.

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