November 02, 2020

Did you know that 90% of all skin ageing is caused by the sun?

Especially if you used to sunbathe in your younger years, you might be experiencing those effects now. From wrinkles to irregular pigmentation, foregoing SPF can take its toll on your complexion.

The good news? It's never too late to take a step in the right direction.

Today, there are more tools, products and technologies available than ever before that can help you reverse sun damage and restore a more youthful-looking appearance. Let's explore a few of those resources so you can get started right away.

1. Exfoliate

The premise behind exfoliation is simple. It's the process of removing the dead, surface-level skin cells from your skin to reveal the new, healthier skin underneath.

Have you noticed dark spots on your skin that seem to hold clumps of brown pigment? These can develop over time and dull your complexion, but most respond well to the right exfoliants.

When you're ready to get started, you can choose between the two main types of exfoliation: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants are scrubs and facial polishes that contain tiny beads meant to physically slough off your dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliants, on the other hand, use chemicals such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) to dissolve them instead.

Our collection of exfoliants features products that are gentle and effective. Our Refresh Facial Polish, for instance, polishes away dead surface cells and nourishes your new cells with enriching essential oils and antioxidants.

2. Use a Brightening Serum

It may seem ironic, but too much sun exposure can actually dull and deaden your skin. To make matters worse, this darkening usually occurs only in certain spots, rather than all over.

This is where high-quality brightening serums can make a major difference. If you suffer from skin discolouration, a product such as our Brightening Serum can turn the light back on in your complexion.

Featuring a full spectrum of natural skin brighteners, this innovative serum improves your skin texture and delivers a visible glow. It also works behind the scenes to inhibit and reverse any signs of hyperpigmentation you might experience due to the stress of sun exposure. 

3. Try Retinol

You've always heard it was important to take your vitamins, but did you know that your skin needs vitamins, too? Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, helps reverse any damage that sun exposure has caused on your skin.

It does so by stimulating cellular turnover and boosting your natural collagen production. A treatment such as our Retinol + Resurfacing Serum leverages the power of All-Trans-Retinol to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and hyperpigmentation. This makes it an excellent addition to your skincare regimen if you're looking to reverse the signs of sun damage.

In time, you'll notice that it can help fade brown spots, as well as tone and retexturize your skin. As you shop, you'll find there are myriad kinds of retinol treatments that vary in strength. The ones you can find in our shop include:

Retinol Smoothing Serum

Our Retinol Smoothing Serum is an oil-free, 1.5% retinol serum. It is designed to improve the appearance and texture of UV-damaged skin. 

Renew Serum

Our Renew Serum is a retinol serum that contains 1% salicylic acid and 7% glycolic acid. It is infused with Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein to condition skin, regulate oil, and improve overall texture.

Glycolic Resurfacing Toner

Our Glycolic Resurfacing Toner is a lightweight toner with retinol and 7% glycolic acid. It clears congested skin, refines pores and gently exfoliates and brightens.

Glycolic Resurfacing Cleanser

Our Glycolic Resurfacing Cleanser is a nourishing cleanser with retinol and 10% glycolic acid. It provides an effective deep-clean that renews and refines skin while stimulating cellular regeneration. 

Glycolic Resurfacing Cream

Our Glycolic Resurfacing Cream is the re-texturizing night cream you've been looking for! This cream is made with retinol and 10% glycolic acid and addresses multiple skin concerns, from pores to fine lines.

Super Serum

Our Super Serum is a firming, wrinkle-fighting powerhouse! This serum contains retinol, along with Argireline, Matrixyl 3000, Marine Oligopeptides and Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) to restore your skin from the inside out. 

With any retinol product, it's best to start with the most gentle products and work your way upward in strength until you find a regimen that you're comfortable following. 

4. Apply a Peel

Professional-level peels are effective at removing the outermost layer of your skin, which allows newer, healthier skin to come to the surface. When you remove the peel, you can often shed away areas of uneven pigmentation, soften fine lines and visibly improve your skin texture. 

Some peels are physical, while others are more chemical in nature. For a truly luxurious, spa-like experience that you can recreate at home, our Retinol + C Smoothing Peel in a Box is a must-have. This smoothing kit combines the power of retinol and Vitamin C for a one-two punch that does wonders for sun-damaged skin.

Filled with products designed to brighten, smooth and clarify your skin, it works to improve your skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores. While ingredients such as retinol, Vitamin C, niacinamide and hydroxy acids soothe and smooth, they never irritate. 

The products included in your Peel in a Box kit include:

  • Two packettes of our best-selling Gentle Cream Cleanser and Glycolic Resurfacing Cleanser
  • Pro 5 Liquid Exfoliant
  • Renew Serum
  • Barrier Balm
  • Retinol + C Peel Bost
  • Peel accessories (gauze pads, mask cup, tissues, cotton swabs and mask brush)

These are all the products and accessories you need to perform a professional, spa-level peel right in the comfort of your own home!

5. Prevent Future Damage

Of course, an ounce of prevention goes a long way.

While you're on a quest to reverse sun damage naturally, it's equally important to make sure that your skin is protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays moving forward.

By now, you know never to leave the house without slathering on a healthy dose of SPF!

Our Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 40+ makes it easy to remember. Packed with broad-spectrum sun protection and skin-fortifying hydrators and antioxidants, this everyday sunscreen also includes hyaluronic acid to deliver a major hydration boost. Other star players include zinc oxide, octinoxate and octisalate, which all work together to provide the sun protection you need.

Apply a liberal amount daily and before sun exposure, reapplying every two to three hours as needed. You'll help nourish your skin from the inside out and help protect it from any further signs of ageing or sun damage.

Reverse Sun Damage the Right Way

We all crave a silky smooth, balanced skin tone. We want tiny pores and even pigmentation, and no dark spots, to boot. Yet, sun exposure can wreak havoc on those plans!

If you're looking to reverse sun damage and its effects on your skin, it pays to know which products to trust. The five tips above can help steer you in the right direction. While there are plenty of products designed to smooth, polish and renew your complexion, your best defence against damage is to protect your skin moving forward.

Looking for more information on ways to achieve your best skin yet? We have the products and regimens you need. Find a clinic today to seek a personal consultation!

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