Besides using a sunscreen with SPF 15 to 50, we also recommend a topical antioxidant. When the skin is exposed to the sun and other environmental aggressors, free radicals can wreck havoc on your skin. Inflammation, DNA mutations, protein damage, and changes in gene expression are among the other destructive effects. When cells become less able to defend themselves from environmental insults and lose their ability to replicate correctly, the visible signs include fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, discoloration, and potentially skin cancer. You can protect your skin from the addition of an antioxidant to your daily routine.
Some of the serums available at Southern Surgical Arts that you can use to help against the harmful effects of free radicals include:
- Skinceuticals CE Ferulic --- ($153.00)
This revolutionary product from Skinceuticals contains an antioxidant that neutralizes the effects of free radicals while boosting the synthesis of collagen. It also helps to combat environmental aging by protecting the skin again infrared radiation and UVA and UVB rays.
- Skinceuticals Phloretin CF --- ($155.00)
Phloretin CF from Skinceuticals protects the skin not just from free radicals, but also reactive molecules that can result in cellular damage. It protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays, stimulates production of collagen and accelerates the renewal of skin cells while reducing hyperpigmentation.
- Obagi Professional C Serums --- ($83.00)
The Professional C Serums from Obagi help to combat the effect of free radicals on the skin and prevent premature signs of aging. The serums contain L-ascorbic acid, which is the only form of Vitamin C that can be absorbed readily by the skin.
- Epionce Intense Defense Serum --- ($136.00)
This serum contains all the five antioxidants – vitamins A, B, C, D and E to help repair and reverse the visible signs of aging. It protects the skin from environmental toxins. It even helps improve the texture and clarity of the skin and eliminates hyperpigmentation.
- Neova Power Defense -- ($109.00)
This serum contains copper peptide complex to stimulate synthesis of collagen and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. The presence of hyaluronic acid in the serum helps to keep skin naturally moisturized while the Coenzyme Q10 helps to fight the harmful effects of free radicals.
Sunscreens for Your Face
Before grabbing your sunscreen, it is important to remember that moisturizers can weaken the protection of sunscreen. No doubt moisturizers help to keep the skin hydrated, but when you go out in the sun, the same moisturizers may result in acne breakouts if too much is used. Hence, it is best to use a broad spectrum sunscreen that works as both an ultraviolet protection and moisture retention.
Some of the sunscreens we recommend at Southern Surgical Arts include:
- Neova Day Therapy --- ($85.00)
This broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 not only helps to ward off the harmful effects of UVA and UVB radiation, it also reduces the visible signs of photoaging and keeps the skin moisturized.
- Neova Silc Sheer Sunscreen --- ($45.00)
This sunscreen offers SPF 40 to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. In addition, the sheer tint of the cream can help even out the skin tone. It helps reduce the signs of photoaging while giving the skin a bright and radiant finish.
- Skinceuticals Physical Fusion Sunscreen --- ($34.00)
Physical Fusion Sunscreen comes with transparent titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to protect the skin from UV rays and heat stress. The tinted cream can help give the skin an even and radiant tone. It is non-comedogenic.
- Neocutis Journee --- ($80-120.00)
This day cream contains PSP, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Its SPF is 30+ and protects the skin from UVA and UVB radiation. It helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, hydrates the skin and evens out the skin tone.
- Obagi Healthy Skin --- ($46.00)
Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35 offers broad spectrum protection from the sun. It protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays and also protects the skin from hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles.
- Obagi Sun Shield --- ($46.00)
Obagi Sun Shield protects the skin from UVA and UVB rays to prevent premature aging due to sun exposure. The cream can be used round the year and has SPF 50. It is a fragrance-free, parabens-free and non-greasy sunscreen that is suitable for all types of skin.
After Hours Protection
Going out in the sun is unavoidable so you will want to ensure you minimize the damage caused by the sun by treating your skin to some much-needed TLC. This means using a cream that can hydrate your skin or work as an anti-inflammatory. The longer you stay out in the sun, the more damage you cause to your skin. By using retinols and retinoids, you can reverse the damage.
Some of the products we recommend at Southern Surgical Arts to reverse sun damage to your skin are:
- Neova DNA Total Repair --- ($80.00)
Neova DNA Total Repair can help in reversing skin damage due to environmental stresses. It addresses the problem at a DNA level and helps to repair the visible signs of photoaging and damage caused by free radicals.
- Neova Matrix Active Retinol --- ($69.00)
This retinol-based cream helps to address photoaging caused due to sun exposure and also helps to treat acne. It can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, minimize the appearance of enlarged pores and moisturize and soften skin.
- Neocutis BioCream --- ($90-144.00)
This skin care cream contains PSP, a type of protein that the skin needs for rejuvenation. It can reduce the visible signs of wrinkles and fine lines, improve skin tone and enhance skin firmness. It is non-comedogenic and free of additives and fragrances.
- Epionce Renewal Face Cream/Lotion --- ($94.00)
This cream is made from herbal extracts and ingredients, such as apple fruit extract, rose hip, safflower and avocado complex. It also contains essential fatty acids, sterol and ceramide precursors. It can reverse visible signs of aging, hydrate the skin, enhance elasticity and firmness of the skin and improve skin texture. It also can reduce hyperpigmentation and blemishes.
- Tretinoin --- ($77-87.00)
This is a derivative of vitamin A and used primarily to treat sun-damaged skin and mild to moderate acne. Tretinoin can help reduce the signs of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and skin tone. It is available in varying strengths and usually applied once a day, in the evenings.
These products will help you protect your skin from sun damage and environmental aging. If you have questions about skin care, enjoy a free skin-care consult with one of our professional and experienced aestheticians. You will receive a customized treatment skin care plan and confidence that you are protecting your skin for healthy, beautiful results.
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