retinols

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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Skin Prep for Chemical Peels

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If you're asking yourself: “Do I really need to prep my skin before a chemical peel?”

My answer would be a major, shout-from-the-rooftops,

“Yes: skin prep for chemical peels is a real thing!”

 

And here’s why…

Your skin is delicate and needs a lot of love...from you.

 

Especially if you’re new to receiving skincare treatments of any kind (facials, peels, laser, etc.).

 

Now, let’s talk about skin prep for chemical peels…

 

Why Do I Need to Skin Prep for Chemical Peels?

If you’re a newbie to professional skin care treatments like facials, peels and/or lasers of any kind – consider your skin prep-worthy.

Now, if you believe yourself to be an expert and have your medical aesthetician on speed dial than skin prep can take on a different meaning.

 

But let’s just say you’re new to any in-office treatments for your skin, or it’s been a while since you’ve seen your favorite skincare expert...

 

Think of your skin like a hot date – you prepare like crazy don’t you?

You take a long bath or shower.

You find the right outfit.

You take extra time to get all fancy.

You might even find yourself eating healthier and guzzling water more than usual.

Why?

Because you want to put your best “face” forward, right?

 

Well, that’s a lot like skin prep...

Because you want your in-office “date” to go as well as expected…

You want the treatment to work smarter, not harder.

And that’s why you skin prep.

 

Ok…you know WHY you prep your skin, but exactly HOW do you do that?

 

How Do I Skin Prep for Chemical Peels?

First and foremost -- if you’re not working with a skincare professional right now, this is definitely the time to start researching and testing out consultations with those in your area.

Every skin type and person are different, so a thorough skin analysis should help whomever you’re working with lead you in the right direction for your skin.

 

Ok, you’ve met with your skin care expert and a chemical peel(s) is recommended.

 

 

(4) Skin Prep Tips for Chemical Peels:

 

1.  Stop the Sun Damage

For the (not) love of sunspots, hyperpigmentation and all things sun damage – get out of the sun! If it’s summertime, grab a hat, loads of sunscreen and learn to love the shade. Nothing adds more damage to your skin quicker than the sun.

So, give your skin a break and prep it by loving the sun indoors or in some major shade.

 

2.  Enzyme Peels

Enzyme peels are perfect pre-treatments to chemical peels.

The enzyme peel (a blend of natural fruit ingredients) works as a gentle exfoliant to remove the top layer of skin and helps speed up cell turnover.

This peel can instantly help your skin look glowing and fresh and ready for other skincare treatments. 

 

3.  Retinols

This naturally occurring form of Vitamin A (retinol) targets cell turnover and aids in skin exfoliation.

If you haven’t noticed, exfoliating those dead skin cells is a big step in skin prep and retinols are excellent in that department.

 

4.  Dermaplaning

This procedure – you guessed it – is an exfoliation ninja.

A sterile, surgical scalpel is used to “shave” the surface of the skin. Dermaplaning gently removes dead skin and “peach fuzz” hair off the top layer of skin.

Leaving you with skin that is fresh and ready to absorb all the good stuff that can aide in skincare and healthy aging.

  

To Sum It Up

If you’re thinking about upping your skincare game make sure you consult with your favorite skincare professional and let them guide you with the best course of action for your individual skin.

When skin prep is recommended keep in mind that can include everything from enzyme peels to dermaplaning.

 

And one of the best options you can choose for your skin – prep or no prep – is to watch how long you’re in the sun and make shade and sunscreen your friend.


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