It is true that it’s far easier to prevent sun damage than it is to repair it, but that doesn’t mean you should slack on maintenance. After all, sun damage is insidious and can take years to rear its ugly head and good age defense is essential. Other than always wearing a good mineral-based SPF when you step out your door, you can keep damage at a minimum by incorporating a great serum or two into your daily skin care routine.
For daytime use, a serum rich in antioxidants is your best bet. Wear it under a daily moisturizer or sunscreen to help it to neutralize any free radicals caused by environmental damage that may have slipped through your UV armor.
For normal skin types, I’d recommend the Eminence Organic Skin Care Grape Antioxidant Serum. For drier skin, the SkinCeuticals Hydrating B5 Gel is great for energizing, protecting and brightening the complexion throughout the day. If you’re already suffering from some skin damage like sun spots or have melasma, the Obagi Professional-C Serum 20% is great for fading hyperpigmentation naturally while supporting collagen. Combination to oily skin types should check out the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner- it mattifies, purifies and protects your skin as it minimizes the look of large pores and controls oil production.
Serums truly shine when your skin is undergoing its natural repair cycle while you’re sleeping. A good all-around serum for all skin types is the DHC Resveratrol Essence. Contrary to popular belief, it’s best to save your resveratrol products for evening use as it does make your skin more susceptible to sun damage due to its ability to boost cell regeneration (like retinol or glycolic acid). Sensitive skin types need very special care and are often intolerant of products with less natural ingredients. The Eminence Oranics Couperose-C Serum not only fights aging, it repairs and fortifies sensitive skin against the environmental aggressors that trigger redness and inflammation.
Murad’s Environmental Shield Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum targets and treats hyperpigmentation while you sleep with hydroquinone, glycolic acid and amino acids, making it ideal for normal to oily skin. Darphin’s Hydraskin Intensive Skin-Hydrating Serum replenishes dry to very dry skin with moisture-binding hyaluronic acid and PCA humectants while pomegranate extracts neutralize environmental damage before it can gain a foothold in your skin.
Depending on your skin type, you can always follow any of these serums for a lotion, cream or balm as the skin is always in need of moisture. Just remember to be regular and consistent and your skin will thank you for years to come.