Although it feels relaxing and enjoyable to sit out in the sunshine, over the years, too much time outside without using sunscreen can damage your skin. 

What is Sun Damaged Skin?

Too much sun exposure can damage your skin. The sun can dry out unprotected skin and decrease the surface of natural oils. On top of this, exposure to UV radiation can result in burning and cause damage to the skin’s structure. 

You may have heard sun damage referred to as photoaging, photodamage, and solar damage. When UV radiation hits unprotected skin, it causes DNA changes on a cellular level. So, this means that sun damage takes place in the deeper layers of the skin. Because of this, it can take a while for sun damage to show on the surface. 

What Causes Sun Damaged Skin?

Although exposure to sunlight can cause sun damage, it’s important to remember that sunbeds, sunlamps, and tanning booths give out the same harmful radiation. Using a tanning bed is not safer than being out in the sun. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend that you avoid using UV tanning equipment if you:

  • Have a history of sunburn 
  • Have fair skin or burn easily 
  • Have lots of moles
  • Already have bad sun-damaged skin 
  • Have had skin cancer, or someone in your family has had it 
  • Are taking medicines that increase sensitivity to sunlight 
  • Have a medical condition made worse by sunlight (e.g. vitiligo) 

What are the Symptoms of Sun Damaged Skin?

Natural ageing is determined by ageing and genetics. Sun damage can speed up the ageing process and result in premature ageing. 

Symptoms of sun damage include: 

  • Uneven skin texture 
  • Wrinkles and fine lines 
  • Melasma (brown or blue-grey patches of skin) 
  • Changes in pigmentation 
  • Broken capillaries (spider veins) 
  • Blotchiness
  • Redness
  • Age spots 
  • Sunburns 
  • Moles and freckles  
  • Rosacea 

How Can You Treat Sun Damaged Skin?

Treatments for sun-damaged skin can vary depending on your skin. The first step to reversing sun-damaged skin is preventing it from happening in the future. That means you need to invest in a good broad-spectrum sunscreen.

ZO’s sunscreens offer triple-spectrum protection to protect against sun and light damage. If you’re looking for a makeup primer that doubles up as sunscreen, then ZO’s Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 is ideal. If you’re looking for a daily sunscreen, ZO’s Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 is good for daily use. 

Now that you’re ready to prevent further damage, you can focus on promoting an even skin tone, reducing signs of wrinkles, and restoring a brighter complexion. Here are some of the top ZO Skin Health products to support sun-damaged skin:

ZO’s 10% Vitamin C Self-Activating – brighten the skin and promote a more even skin tone, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 


ZO’s Complexion Renewal Pads – the glycolic acid and salicylic acid help to smooth and brighten skin, while the botanical extracts blend delivers antioxidants to reduce redness. 


ZO’s Daily Power Defense – this powerful antioxidant serum is designed to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines as well as promote healthy skin. 


To create your skincare regime, book a consultation today through 0203 582 4947 or by sending an email to [email protected]