Skincare 101: always wear sun cream. “Heard it all before”, we hear you say. But while we all know important it is to slather on liberal amounts of SPF in the fight against skin cancer and premature ageing, even the best of us slip from time to time.
You can hardly blame us Vitamin D-starved Brits for flinging ourselves in the sun as soon as summertime hits, especially now the long winter nights are drawing in and the heatwave feels like a distant memory.
The downside, of course, is dealing with the resulting sun damage. Freckles, pigmentation, discolouration: those long weekends on the beach might have seemed fun at the time, but the unsightly fallout can takes years to remedy.
That’s why one Reddit user by the name of NeverMeant125 has gone viral after sharing astonishing before-and-after photos of her sun damage treatment.
An avid sun-worshipper, NeverMeant125 explains how she never used to wear suncream or moisturise when she was in her teens, sharing a photo of herself aged 24 with a densely freckled complexion.
“In high school and in to college, I tanned regularly,” she writes in the post. “The texture of my skin was awful because it was so dry; I honestly wore a lot of makeup back then because I didn’t like how my skin looked.”
So, she developed her own anti-ageing skincare regime designed to “target the melasma and overall unevenness” of her complexion.