As summer draws to a close, a season of skin sins — skimping on your SPF’s, baking your skin in the midday sun, too many Mojitos by the pool bar and too many late nights — are written all over your face.
Dry patches, freckles, dullness and under-eye circles are all your skin’s way of saying ‘Save me!”
Months of mistreatment has left your skin feeling unloved and in need of some TLC.
Start with a clean slate. After months of sun exposure, dead skin cells have accumulated on the surface of your skin. . Not to worry, your former glow is just below the surface waiting to be revealed.
First, undo the summer damage, and exfoliate—from head to toe. Look for an exfoliant packed with tiny micro beads to slough off the top layer of dull skin without irritation. You’ll be left with smoother, more even-looking skin — a flashback to your healthy complexion.
For your face, try Health’s ZO’s Skin Exfoliating Polish. It does a great job of scrubbing away the dull, dry skin so that fresh, healthy cells can emerge. It’s more aggressive than most, so if you have weak skin, be gentle at first. You will love the difference in your skin. For your body, use a lotion high in lactic acid—such as ZO’s Body Emulsion. It’s not your typical smell-good body lotion—it will really work hard to exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin.
Lighten up! Too much sun exposure can cause blotchiness, brown to grey discoloration and freckles galore. To treat all of that hyper pigmentation, it’s best to wear a sunscreen and use a topical lotion or gel with ingredients that inhibit melanin (like Retin A, or other types of retinoids). We all know that Hydroquinone is the best topical skin lightening ingredient-but make sure that you have a concentration of 4%. It is prescription only medication and it takes about 6-18 weeks to successfully treat hyper pigmentation. But why not try the sensational non -prescription skin lightener form Obagi, Clear FX. It contains the natural plant extract Arbutan and it works! Couple this with ZO Skin Health Radical Night Repair Plus — a high concentration of skin-lightening retinol to work through the night….magic!