Vitamin A

Our Favorite Retinols for Sun Damage

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Are you feeling the effects of sun damage?

 

Whether you spent most of your summer fun in the sun (or not) can be irrelevant when it comes to experiencing the damage sun can do to your skin.

 

If you’ve ever devoted a lot of your time to the sun – even if, as a teenager, you worshiped the tanning salon -- sun damage can show up out of nowhere.

 

And one of sun damage’s favorite time to make an appearance on the skin is post-summer…when fall is approaching.

 

Luckily, we have some tools that’ll help you fight sun damage and (hopefully) reveal beautiful, glowing skin.

 

Those tools happen to be retinols.

 

But before we talk about retinols, let’s get clear on what sun damage is…

 

 

 

What is Sun Damage?

(*If you haven’t read our blog – Your Guide: Treatment for Sun Damaged Skin – feel free to do that at any time for more in-depth knowledge and treatment of sun damage).

 

Sun damage is sneaky.

 

As we mentioned in our guide and treatment for sun damaged skin,

 

“You sun worship in your teens and 20’s, get hip to skin care and sunscreen in your 30’s and one day that cloud of flour – err, sun damage – explodes right in front of your face.”

 

Sun damage can look like:

  

Now that you know what sun damage can look like, let’s talk retinols (finally!)…

 

 

What Are Retinols?   

 

Retinols take the form of topical Vitamin A to target cell turnover and aid in skin exfoliation.

 

Retinols aim to reveal newer, healthier skin and a brighter complexion.

 

Retinols can also be a much needed addition to prepping your skin for more in-depth services such as chemical peels and/or laser treatments.

 

Ok, now that you know what retinols are, let’s talk about our favorite one’s…

 

 

Our Favorite Retinols

 

Not all retinols are made the same, so with that in mind, we believe in quality and our partnership with ZO® Skin Health speaks volumes when it comes to quality and results.

 

Our (3) favorite ZO® Skin Health Retinols:

 

Retinol Skin Brightener .5%:

According to ZO®, this retinol, “targets skin discoloration and breaks up existing pigmentation, brightens skin and helps even skin tone, helps prevent future damage, antioxidant protection and helps support the repair of the skin.”

Retinol Skin Brightener 1%: This 1% solution has the same benefits as the .5% Retinol Skin Brightener, but with an increased strength.

Wrinkle + Texture Repair: ZO® explains this best-selling product: “Wrinkle and texture repair crème supports the visible improvement of skin’s texture, firmness and color tone, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

This Wrinkle + Texture Repair also packs antioxidant and anti-irritant properties to support your skin as it renews itself.


 Dr. Elijah talks retinols and sun damage in this video:


To Sum It Up

 

If you’re feeling like summer sun has taken a toll on your skin, retinols can help fight the signs – such as sunburn, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and loose/sagging skin – of sun damage.

 

One of our favorite tools for tackling sun damage are retinols – especially ZO® products like Retinol Skin Brightener .5% + 1% as well as their Wrinkle + Texture Repair.

 

Retinols can also be a perfect skincare prep for other treatments such as chemical peels and/or laser treatments.


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