As summer approaches its sorrowful end, it is time to address the heightened UV exposure that our skin has been subjected to throughout the season. Longer day light hours for us means longer periods of time spent in the sun. And while catching some rays may feel great in the moment, the sun damage that accumulates from those great moments causes wrinkles, age spots, blotches, and skin cancer.   Today’s blog will address some products and peels that can help reverse some of that summer sun damage. Then next week we will turn it up a notch and discuss laser procedures used to reverse signs of summer sun exposure.


Lightening Agents – Containing ingredients such as hydroquinone or Kojic acid are effective at evening out skin tone and lightening pigmentation irregularities like age spots and freckles.

We Recommend:

[W/ Hydroquinone] C S&L  ReBrightalyze Pads, BLANCHE Skin Lightening Cream®, Tri-Luma®, OBAGI- C Rx System®, OBAGI Nu-Derm System®

[W/ Out Hydroquinone]  SkinMedica LYTERA Skin Brightening Complex®, Elure Lightening Lotion®, Azaclear Brightening Pads®


Retinol– Vitamin A derivative that encourages cell turnover. Topical use of products containing retinol prevent loss of your skin’s collagen while also reducing brown spots and blotches, minimizing pores and improving fine lines and texture.

We Recommend:  Biopelle Retriderm®, CS&L Retinol Pads, Skinmedica Retinol Complex®, Avène RetrinAL®


Alpha Hydroxy Acids- Natural fruit and plant acids that help to exfoliate and rehydrate sun parched skin while clearing pores, giving skin a fresher and brighter appearance. Pair with a good moisturizer and/or product containing Hyaluronic Acid to further moisturize and plump the skin.

We Recommend: SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator®, OBAGI-C Exfoliating Day Lotion®, OBAGI Exfoderm®, Revision Skin Resurfacer®


Chemical Peels A chemical agent is applied during your treatment session that penetrates and deeply exfoliates the skin. Over the next 2-3 days after treatment the skin will begin to peel and renew itself revealing a smoother more even toned complexion. Chemicals peels are used in conjunction with a good skincare regimen to help enhance results and treat a wide range of skin concerns.

We Recommend: Perfect Peel, VIPeel & Elizabeth Arden Anti-aging Peel

6 Thoughts on “How to Reverse Summer Sun Damage – Part 1 Products and Peels

  1. denise hickey on August 20, 2015 at 3:11 pm said:

    I am 59 years old and my skin really is starting to look old. I have three brown spots on my face. The area around my mouth top lip has lines and chin area has wrinkles and sagging. Can you recommend a retinol cream that is effective and cost effective? I exfoliate often and eat a very good diet, I also use a Mia sonic skin cleaner. What else can I do?

  2. Lana Fionda on August 20, 2015 at 6:16 pm said:

    Does your office have any specials this month?

  3. Hi Denise!

    We would recommend the following products:

    never used retinol w/ sensitive skin: Avene RetrinAL, Elizabeth Arden Rx Anti Aging Serum

    Used retinol before w/ sensitive skin: Biopelle Retriderm serum

    used Retinol before w/ out sensitive skin: Obagi Tretinoin

    Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  4. Lana,

    Yes, we have new specials every month! For the month of august we have the following specials:

    20% off All Acne Products

    15% off Laser Acne Products

    $65 Aesthetic Acne Services (including extractions)- 21 yrs and under.

    You can sign up for updates, practice news and special promotions by submitting your email address on out website!

  5. Marsha Eide on August 26, 2015 at 1:18 pm said:

    Product Spotlight – Oxygenetix Acne Control Foundation want to try this. Do I need an appointment or can I purchase via phone? I live in Hartsville, SC – patient of Dr. Rostan’s.

  6. Marsha,

    Yes, you can purchase this product via phone and we will ship it out to you. Just give our office a call @ (704) 333-9113.

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