How to Treat Sun Damage Around the Neck and Chest

by Sam Malone

We do take a lot of care of the skin on our face, often forgetting that our neck and a part of our chest are also continuously exposed to the harmful radiations of the sun every time we are outdoors. It is important to protect the skin on the neck and chest from harmful ultra violet rays, not only because the skin is visible, but also because the sun can cause a lot of damage to the delicate skin of the neck and the chest.

Even if you have been using sunscreen regularly, it is not necessary that the skin on the neck and the chest are as protected. In fact, a lot of times, people do not put on sunscreen on other parts of the body which are exposed. This can essentially cause a dire mismatch between the color of the skin on the face and that on the neck and chest.

If the sun damage on the neck and the chest is bad, creams will not really be able to help you much. The skin tends to peel out in some time in case it is sun burnt. However, the entire process can be very excruciating and uncomfortable. The skin needs anti oxidants along with protection from the sun and there are two ways to make this happen. The first is to always put on a protective layer of sunscreen which is SPF 20 or more. Use the sunscreen not only on your face, but also on the neck and the chest and other parts of your body which are exposed.

Your skin requires antioxidants and you can provide these to it by either applying vitamin E based formulations or consuming a diet which is rich in anti oxidants. While these remedies can help you keep sun damage at bay, if you already have damaged your neck and chest, the best remedy is to keep the area cool. Apply an ice pack on the damaged area, though never apply ice directly to the skin if it is burnt. Always wrap the ice in a cloth or a plastic bag before applying it. Tea bags soaked in cold water can also help soothe the damaged skin. For severe sun damaged skin on the neck and the chest a chemical peel or a laser may need to be used. However, these methods do not give permanent results. If you do not take good care of your skin when stepping out in the sun, chemical peeling and laser treatments can pretty much become a regular part of your lifestyle. It is best, therefore, to take suitable precautions.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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