Want to Really Erase Summer Sun Damage? These Are Your 5 Fixes
We know, you tried. You had the colossal sun hat, the cute Tory Burch rashguard, the organic mineral sunscreen that went on like toothpaste. Yet, somehow, those pesky brown sunspots still managed to creep onto your face. (And if you didn’t do all those things, they didn’t just creep, they belly flopped.) A little known and slightly depressing fact: “Even if you religiously applied sunscreen all summer, you can still get sun damage,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Dendy Engelman. The good news: With a few strategic tweaks to your skincare regimen, you can undo that ugly summer hangover.
What follows are five solutions from dermatologist Engelmen, and from my own experience in my 20 years researching, testing, and writing about beauty products. Our recommendations range, in order, from the least invasive to the most intense.
In addition to a nightly retinol ritual, look for products with natural lighteners such as kojic acid. Dr. Engelman recommends Nugene Light and Bright Gel ($125; nugene.com), which contains kojic acid as well as growth factors and cytokines to help target dark spots.
BY: AMY SYNNOTT