Years of sun worship gave you a deep-golden tan that was the envy of island vacationers. The downside is that it also left you with spots, freckles and a crepey skin texture. This sun damage is often most noticeable on the chest and can really show your age. While a complete reversal of the sun damage is unrealistic, some techniques will lessen the appearance. A little TLC, and soon your skin will have a natural healthy glow instead of a leather-like sheen.
Exfoliate the skin on your chest once per day using a face or body wash containing 5- to 8-percent solution of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid is a mild chemical that dissolves dead skin cells and speeds cell turnover.
Rub an anti-aging cream containing antioxidants thoroughly over the sun-damaged area once a day. Look for antioxidants such as retinol or vitamin C which rebuild collagen and reverse the ultra-violet damage to your skin cells. These products are both readily available at drug stores and mass market retailers.
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your chest area daily, even when it is cloudy outside. Opt for a sunscreen containing 5- to 10-percent zinc or titanium, or 3-percent mexoryl, according to Dr. Brandith Irwin at Skin Tour.
If your skin does not respond to these treatments, or you want more dramatic results, visit a dermatologist who can perform laser peels, microdermabrasion and other office procedures to reverse the sun damage.
Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.