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☀️ Post Summer Skin Help ☀️

In my teens and 20s, I spent hours in the sun and *on occasion* got burned—like the red, blistery kind. So now in my thirties, I'm starting to see more signs of age spots and wrinkles with each passing year. We know that the sun’s UV rays are the #1 cause for premature aging—or what is more widely referred to as "sun damage". Obviously, sun protection is truly key to preventing sun damage. Since time travel is not possible and I can't tell my 20 year old self to stay out of the sun, what options are there to reverse the damage? We tapped esthetician, trained chemist and founder of her namesake brand, Marie Veronique to share three simple ways to slow down those age spots and increase the elasticity in your skin.

Invest In Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerhouse to help improve damage from sun-soaked skin. It’s such an important ingredient if you’re looking for brighter, glowier, and smoother skin. Due to Vitamin C being photosensitive to the skin (that is, when exposed to UV light, Vitamin C can cause irritation), I recommend only using your Vitamin C at night and washing your face clean the next morning. If you do use your Vitamin C in the morning, make sure to use SPF to avoid any reactions. And for those that are pregnant and/or nursing, Vitamin C is an exceptional alternative to retinol. Looking for our store fav? Try Marie Veronique Vitamin C+E Ferulic Serum.
Drink Your Antioxidants. I start my day with some antioxidant protection before my morning walk around the neighborhood. The GoopGlow Morning Skin Superpowder does the trick with a healthy dose of skin-supporting ingredients: Vitamins C and E, grape-seed proanthocyanidins, and CoQ10. These antioxidants help reduce the free-radical effects of the sun, pollution, and stress. It tastes good too–a bit like a grown-up version of Tang.
Don't fear retinol. As we age, the epidermis thickens while the dermis thins. The use of retinoids inverts that aging process, so long term retinoid users enjoy an epidermis with less age spots and wrinkles supported by a lovely thick dermis. Early retinol usage also helps delay the aging process, so the best time to start using a retinol is in your early thirties, when your cell turnover rate begins to slow. One of the benefits of getting an early start on over-the-counter retinols is that you can hold off on prescription retinoids until your forties or fifties.
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