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Summer is the time to show some skin, but if your complexion is showing signs of previous sun indulgences, take care of that now. Fine lines, wrinkles and discolorations can be eliminated or minimized by the new crop of professional and at-home treatments. And once you have perfected your complexion, maintain it by protecting your skin everyday with an effective top-of-the line sunscreen. Here’s how to perfect and protect in two easy steps.
STEP 1: Erase signs of existing sun damage with radio frequency devices and/or topical treatments. These are two of our favorite options.
eTwo – This recently FDA-cleared aesthetic device focuses on facial rejuvenation with two unique treatments called Sublative and Sublime. Using fractionated bi-polar radio frequency, Sublative targets the upper layer of the skin to treat imperfections thereby improving clarity and texture. Sublime heats deeper layers of the skin with infra-red and bi-polar radiofrequency to improve and eliminate wrinkles. After treatment, you can immediately see results, which continue to improve for as long as one year. Costs vary depending on your location, but are in the $800 to $1,000 per treatment range. Find a doctor who uses eTwo by visiting sublativeskin.com.
elure Advanced Skin Lightening System – This award winning topical treatment effectively diminishes pigmentation without hydroquinone, an often irritating and potentially toxic ingredient found in many skin lightening systems. Instead, elure contains a natural bioactive substance called Melanozyme, which erases hyperpigmentation in a clinically proven 28 days. The lineup features three products: Advanced Skin Lightening Lotion, Advanced Lightening Night Cream and Foaming Facial Wash. Priced between $35 and $150, elure products are available through dermatologists, plastic surgeons and other medical aesthetic specialists. You can find a medical professional who carries elure at elureskin.com or you can purchase the system directly from skinfo.com.
STEP 2: Protect your fresh and even toned skin and keep new wrinkles, sun spots and other signs of sun damage from forming by using one of these uber potent UV blockers. But don’t rely on sunscreen alone, said Philadelphia dermatologist, Dr. Franziska Ringpfeil. “Wear protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat, and limit your time in the sun, especially in the middle of the day when rays are strongest. Reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours or after swimming or sweating and don’t skimp on how much you use. You need an ounce of broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 30 to get adequate full-body coverage.” Best bet – stick with creams and lotions. Sprays work perfectly fine but it is easier to miss a spot.
Lumixyl MoistureLock Sunscreen SPF 30 – This broad spectrum sunscreen boasts the advantages of a physical sun block as well as chemical sunscreen. Micronized titanium dioxide provides superior physical protection, while SymHelios 1013, a new ingredient prohibits toxic interactions between UVB rays and proteins in skin cells. Priced at $58, MoistureLock is available through dermatologists, med spas and cosmetic surgeons as well as makemeheal.com.
ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 – In this dual-purpose product, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, two non-irritating UVA and UVB blockers, work to protect your skin year round. The moisturizing formulation will keep your skin supple and smooth, while a lipopeptide stimulates collagen and elastin. The SPF ingredients work wonderfully as a primer, so this is a great sunscreen to apply under makeup. The Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer costs $65 at zoskinhealth.com.
Banana Boat Ultra Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen, SPF 50 Lotion – A cheap and cheerful way to get good protection, this lightweight water resistant formula absorbs quickly and contains soothing aloe vera. $8.99 at drugstore.com