Chances are you spent some time enjoying the sun this summer. Hopefully, you remembered to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen often to shield your skin from the sun's harmful rays, but if you missed a few applications and are now experiencing dryness, irritation, brown spots, broken capillaries, or wrinkles, there are products to repair and heal this damage.
In order for your skin to appear clear, even and smooth, you must slough off the dead, dull skin. Alpha hydroxy acids loosen the bonds between the dead cells and exfoliate them away. M2 Advanced High Potency Skin Refinish is an AHA that uses mandelic and malic acid to gently exfoliate the skin. It is also good for lightening dark spots, acne breakouts and fine lines and wrinkles. Products with glycolic, mandelic, malic, lactic and citric acids will help you achieve a smooth, even-toned complexion. Hydroquinone lightens melasma, sun spots, and freckles. PrecisionMD VIVATIA Brightening Complex is perfect for those that have pesky spots and need a little power behind their lightening product. This foam-like product is easy to use and doesn't cause irritation but gets the job done.
Frustrated by those tiny, red lines around your nose and on your cheeks? Broken capillaries are caused when capillary walls rupture and blood seeps down along the surrounding capillaries. You can prevent and heal these unsightly red veins by strengthening the capillary walls, improving skin circulation and lightening the discoloration with the help of ingredients like arnica extract, calendula, allantoin, and kojic acid.
Dry, dehydrated skin appears old, tired and wrinkled. Moisture-binding ingredients like Squalane and Hyaluronic acid plump and firm the skin from within, instantly reducing the appearance of wrinkles. NeoCutis HYALIS Refining Serum pumps your skin with hyaluronic acid which helps your skin maintain its own moisture. Natural hydrators such as jojoba oil, safflower oil and aloe soothe the skin without leaving a greasy residue. PCA Skin Silkcoat Balm has jojoba oil and squalane which help combat dry, irritated skin especially during the winter months. To further soften and repair extra dry skin, look for ingredients like shea, cocoa or mango butter. An organic choice would be ilike Phytoestregen Moistruirzer. This moisturizer is lightweight even though it contains shea butter for moisturizing, calendula for calming and yucca for nourishing.
Remember that the best form of skin care is prevention. Although these treatments will help to repair and renew your skin, it is always important to wear a UVA- and UVB-shielding sunscreen whenever you are outside.