Let's be honest: We all know that lying out in the sun is bad, but who can resist a gorgeous beach day? If you've over-indulged and are now seeing spots and wrinkles, try one of these amazing new products that will help you reverse the hands of time. And in the future, enjoy the sun with plenty of SPF and a stylish straw hat! By Melissa Goldberg
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"The primary goal of reversing sun damage is to help your skin rebuild collagen that has been ravaged by the sun," says Dr. Denese, Dermatologist and Founder of the Dr. Denese skin care line. Dr. Denese's Wrinkle Rx Extreme Gel is a cocktail of aging blasters; peptides and vitamin C to stimulate and rebuild collagen and stem cell technology to generate younger skin cells.
Dr. Denese Wrinkle Rx Extreme Pro-Peptide Gel, $64.56
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Avon's new Anew Ultimate Gold Emulsion is a sparkling mix of protein structures that replenishes sun-damaged skin for a more youthful look. "The gold polypeptide complex in the emulsion helps restore thinning skin – often a result of years of sun exposure. Skin's moisture levels jump by more than 400%," claims Anthony Gonzalez of Avon's Research & Development Team. The best part? Avon guarantees you'll look five years younger after two weeks of use, or your money back.
Avon Anew Ultimate Night Gold Emulsion, $29
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Kinerase's new kit lightens even the oldest sun spots several shades, and claims to show visible results in as little as four weeks. "This set replicates the PhotoFacial, one of the most popular dermatologist in-office procedures. It has ingredients that inhibit the melanin production that causes darkness, as well as several lighteners that produce results without irritation," says Janice Lee, Senior Marketing Manager at Kinerase.
Kinerase PhotoFacials Sun Damage Reversal Kit, $100
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Lancome's Bright Expert focuses on pesky spots stimulated by too much unprotected time in the sun. "The combination of rich antioxidants and botanicals in this serum help to lighten sun spots and freckles," says Washington D.C. Dermatologist Dr. Tina Alster. If spots trouble your complexion, remember to wear a generous amount of SPF every day in order to protect any lightening you do, as well as prevent future spots from cropping up.
Lancome Bright Expert, $90
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Combining potent levels of retinol and vitamin C, RoC's newest serum improves the two biggest sun damage symptoms: spots and loss of firmness. "Vitamin C targets hyperpigmentation that happens as a result of sun damage, and retinol stimulates collagen for firmer skin," says Dr. Jeanine B. Downie, Director of Montclair, NJ's Image Dermatology P.C.
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum, $21.49
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If rich creams are a problem for your sun-damaged oily skin, look to a product like Sleek Skin's Restore Lotion, which uses effective yet non-comedogenic hydrators like squalene, vitamin E and jojoba oil. Vitamin A rounds out the list, which rapidly increases cell turn over to reveal fresher, younger and more even-toned skin."Vitamin A is essentially Retin A," says New York Plastic Surgeon Dr. Yael Halaas.
Sleek Skin Restore Moisture, $72.95
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Bliss's new Best of Skintentions moisturizer gives your skin everything it needs to repair itself from sun damage, plus offers SPF protection to prevent future aging. "It's like a vitamin pill for your face! Vitamins A,C and E defend against sun damage while five essential minerals and an omega complex speed up cell turnover and tissue repair," says Donna Regii, Bliss Retail Education Manager.
Bliss Best of Skintentions Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, $35
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If you want to look fresher right now, an exfoliating skincare regime is the way to go. While results increase the longer you exfoliate consistently, you'll look brighter after just the first time. Philosophy's The Microdelivery Kit resurfaces and replenishes sun-worn skin at home. "There are several ways to improve discoloration from sun damage. Effective exfoliation, vitamin C, retinoids and daily SPF use are the most effective ways to improve the texture of sun damaged skin," says New Orleans Dermatologist Dr. Mary Lupo.
Philosophy The Microdelivery, $40
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Of all skincare products, serums absorb into the skin most rapidly and deeply. Obagi's Professional C-Serum 15% boasts a high vitamin C potency and remains in the skin for up to 72 hours after application. "Obagi's serum combines vitamin c with the skin-lightening hydroquinone to effectively and quickly improve the signs of sun-related aging," says Dr. Joel Schlessinger, President Emeritus of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery.
Obagi Professional C-Serum 15%, $71.10
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