We do a lot of damage to our skin during the summer. If you haven’t been diligent about a summer skincare routine, the heat, sweat, sun, and chlorine likely impacted your tone, texture and pigment. Some of the side effects of summer sun damage include dark spots, large pores, hyperpigmentation from sunburn, acne or dry skin.
Signs of Sun Damage
- Dark Spots
- Large Pores
- Dry Skin
- Fine Lines
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Products to Reverse Sun Damage
With the right products and a simple routine, you can reverse summer sun damage and prevent further damage. Investing in quality ingredients is the first step toward rejuvenated, healthy skin. Depending on the severity of your sun damage, most can achieve great results with five key products.
- Gentle Cleanser
- Resurfacing Acids
- Antioxidant C-Serum
- Sunscreen 30+
Cleansing Complex is a clear, lightweight cleansing gel that is works to balance the skin’s Ph making all other products more effective. Cleansing Complex uses a combination of mild resurfacing ingredients that thoroughly cleanse the skin and pores without stripping essential natural oils, leaving skin soft and smooth. Cleansing Complex is so effective, it’s consistently ranked among the top skincare products by major beauty and wellness platforms.
We recommend a tretinoin for almost every patient. This ingredient is effective in reversing sun damage and minimizing signs aging. The Perfect A contains the acidic form of Vitamin A, which increases cellular turnover, improving skin tone and texture while treating wrinkles, acne and sun damage. This is a prescription-grade tretinoin product, which means you’ll need a consultation to purchase.
Retinoids are a milder derivative of Vitamin A, which can be found in over-the-counter products without a prescription. The Perfect Body Lotion contains retinol along with 15% glycolic acid; another exfoliating ingredient that resurfaces and brightens skin. This product is ideal for anyone with dry skin bumps or dark spots on their body.
Because tretinoin and retinoids are powerful products, they can be irritating for those with sensitive skin. Active Serum is a botanically-derived product with exfoliating ingredients including white willow bark extract, sugarcane extract and bilberry extract, which produce impressive results and may be more tolerable. Active Serum is what we call a “hero product” because it addresses all areas of rejuvenation: aging, tone, texture, and acne.
Using a quality C Serum is important for your daytime routine. Applied in the morning after you cleanse and before you moisturize, a c-serum like iS Clinical Super Serum or GeneXC will work to protect your skin against sun damage. Super Serum contains 15% L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and safe skin brighteners while the GeneXC contains 20% L-ascorbic acid and iS Clinical’s Extremozymes®, which are clinically proven to protect, revitalize and enhance healthy skin.
Another popular C serum is the Perfect C, which contains 20% ethyl ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and Ferulic acid. Ethyl ascorbic acid is the most effective form of Vitamin C for boosting collagen synthesis and lightening skin. Ferulic acid is another powerful antioxidant ingredient that helps to neutralize free-radicals, but what makes this acid extra special is its ability to inhibit the enzyme that causes dark spots.
No matter the temperature or humidity you feel outside, it’s always important to moisturize your skin. Sun damaged skin can be dry and flaky, so a great moisturizer is ideal for preventing and reversing summer sun damage…there’s a reason skin described as “dewy” looks desirable.
iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion is a lightweight moisturizer that works great for all skin types. This moisturizer is formulated with pharmaceutical-grade botanicals, peptides and powerful antioxidants. Our 100% pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum from Skin Beauty Solutions is a great combination moisturizer that works well with the Perfect A. This product provides intense hydration and moisture to reduce wrinkles, fine lines & skin discoloration often caused by sun damage.
The final step to reversing summer sun damage is sunscreen. The truth is, 90% of early aging is caused by sun damage. If you’ve done your work and use SPF 30+ along with a hat and sunglasses, you get a gold star in our book! When you’re using exfoliating and resurfacing products like the Perfect A or Active Serum, your skin becomes more sensitive to sun. Keep your investment safe with a quality sunscreen like iS Clinical’s Eclipse SPF 50+ or the TIZO matte-finish sunscreen with beige tint.
We love the Eclipse SPF 50+ for its powerful blend of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, as well as vitamin E for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB and antioxidant protection. The sheer finish leaves the skin looking youthful and glowy!
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