Sun Damage Remedies

on September 1, 2010

Did the summer sun leave its mark on your complexion? Here’s some expert advice on erasing — or at least disguising — the top signs of sun damage.

Brown spots
A dermatologist can remove spots almost painlessly with pulsed light treatments. A beam of white light destroys highly pigmented cells, which then flake away. Treatments cost $300 to $400 and you may need as many as four sessions. At-home skincare products containing niacinamide (vitamin B3) like Olay Regenerist Daily Regenerating Serum help prevent spots in the first place.

Super-dry skin
A gentle, at-home scrub with an exfoliating cleanser like Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Scrub will help make skin look more radiant. Exfoliating improves the penetration of moisturizers. Try creams with hyaluronic acid, which helps skin retain moisture.

Broken capillaries
With non-ablative laser treatments ($1,200 for three or four sessions), a dermatologist can destroy and diminish red blood vessels exposed when repeated stints in the sun break down the surrounding tissue. At home, skincare experts recommend pricey but effective antioxidant serums like SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum at $138 to protect against damage that thins and weakens skin.

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