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.
[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