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How To Repair Sun Damaged Skin And Hair

Our customers asked:

What are the best products to repair skin and hair from sun damage?

Our experts answered:

Fun under the sun was great while it lasted, but now you might be dealing with the after-effects, such as dark spots on your face and dry, lifeless hair. But don’t worry—we’ve done the homework for you and diligently curated the best of the best skin- and hair-care products to help you step into the fall totally renewed and rejuvenated.

“We’ve diligently curated the best of the best products to repair skin and hair from sun damage.”

To Revitalize Your Face

Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen SerumAll that extra time bathing in UV rays may’ve given you a California tan, but it’s also increased the amount of free radical damage. To get geeky, this is when highly unstable atoms or molecules “steal” electrons from others, causing a cascade of damage to cellular structures. Cosmetically, this triggers an acceleration of visible skin changes, such as dark spots, wrinkles and sagging. Fortunately we have antioxidants to help combat this. One of the most effective, studied and proven antioxidants is vitamin C, which Dr. Gross has formulated inside this amazing serum using a unique technology for peak performance. The C+ Collagen Serum also contains collagen amino acids and niacinamide to help stimulate collagen production and improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines and dullness.

Oribe Radiant DropsDon’t just stop there! No matter what the situation is, moisturizing and nourishing your skin is a must—and it needs a lot more of it post-summer. After layering on Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Serum, slather on Oribe Radiant Drops, an ultra-replenishing facial oil that luxuriously glides on and bathes skin with 13 natural oils for some intense TLC. This skin-transforming elixir features edelweiss flower, evening primrose and sweet almond oils to deeply moisturize, rose hip oil to help stimulate cell renewal and stall the loss of elasticity and sea buckthorn berry oil to protect you from dryness and restore a lackluster complexion. A little goes a long way—this formula is so concentrated you only need to pat on a few drops to see glowing results.

Patchology Dark Spot CorrectorWe can’t seem to keep these in stock! But we’re not surprised—lots of people are coming in to fast track their way back to even-toned, brighter skin, and these patches, which you can apply directly over your pesky dark spots, quickly help lighten them. Each “sticker” delivers copper and zinc filaments that activate a gentle micro current, which is key for rapid effectiveness of Patchology’s Tone-Targeting Lightening Charge Complex. The accompanying Dark Spot Protector Sunscreen Gel protects skin from further damage.

To Bring the Bounce Back to Your Hair

Rene Furterer Lumicia Shine RinseBeach days and chlorinated pools often results in parched, crispy hair. Bring the luster back with this innovative rinse, which you spray on after washing and rinse off in the shower. This formula, featuring fioravanti alcoholate, acerola cherry vinegar and vitamin B5, works by neutralizing the dulling effects of hard water and smoothing out the hair shaft, while anti-static conditioners reintroduce balanced moisture to dry hair.

Oribe Gold Lust Transformative MaskIf you want to accelerate the hair healing, your post-summer hair ritual should definitely include a powerful mask. This sumptuous mask from Oribe works to rebuild and fortify each fiber of hair while strengthening the cuticles and patching up damaged, weaker areas. It can even help reinstate elasticity so your hair doesn’t break easily. There are two main technologies that help with this: Oribe’s Signature Complex with watermelon, lychee and edelweiss flower extracts protects hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and the deterioration of natural keratin, while their Bio-Restorative Complex, including plant collagen, caffeine, biotin and niacinamide, repairs damage by penetrating the root to reinforce the cuticle from the inside out.

OUAI Hair OilFor truly healthy hair it’s important to nourish it with something you can leave on so it can work its magic throughout the day. This hair oil is not like any other, as it not only seals split ends and smooths our frizz, but also shields your hair from heat damage. This is in part thanks to the bouquet of natural botanicals, including ama oil to penetrate hair fibers to repair them, borage oil to turn frizz into smooth silkiness and African galanga root extract to help prevent color fading from UV exposure.

To Invigorate Your Sun-Soaked Body

By Terry Baume de Rose Body CreamTo bring dry skin back to life, use a richer cream that melts into skin (as opposed to sitting on top of it). This body cream envelops the skin, harnessing the power of rose to unveil insanely soft, glowing skin. There are three forms of rose in this extraordinarily restorative formula: rose butter to repair dry and damaged skin, rose hip oil to calm and soothe and rose flower essential wax to defend against dryness and roughness. You won’t be able to stop touching your skin!

Rilastil Progression Body MilkIf you’re especially concerned about the summer aging your skin, trust us and trust this body milk. Rilastil formulators have specially developed this lightweight but powerful moisturizer to combat dryness, elasticity, loss of tone and deep wrinkles. The ceramides are superstars at quenching skin’s thirst and repairing the skin barrier with their “filling action,” while vitamin E protects from free radicals. Shea butter acts as a potent emollient to drench skin in moisture, while silk powder adds a lifting effect while making your skin oh-so velvety soft.

Kopari Coconut Body ScrubChances are there’s an accumulation of dead skin cells causing your skin to appear lackluster, and this body scrub does all the heavy lifting—literally! Crushed Tahitian coconut shells, their exfoliating agent of choice, sloughs of the dulling layers of skin which helps lift away dark spots while paving way for the intensely rich organic coconut oil. Now that summer’s over, use this scrub as your in-shower tropical getaway.

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