Taking care of your skin and protecting it from the sun should be an important part of your daily routine all year round. Of course, even if you’re vigilant about applying and reapplying sunscreen on a regular basis, most of us were not always that way.
A Reddit user who admitted to regularly tanning and going without SPF for years in her youth recently shared some impressive results for reversing the damage caused by her bad habits. She included a list of the products she relies on and how she uses them each day. In the mornings, she starts with a gentle cleanser, then a vitamin C serum, and a moisturizer with SPF. At night, she uses the same cleanser and alternates following that with an AHA toner or a retinol before a concentrated moisturizer.
We ran her products by Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, president of Modern Dermatology and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Yale New Haven Hospital, and she gave them the thumbs up. “This regimen offers a great approach to protection, prevention, and repair,” she told us. We’re sold!
Take a look to see how each of the products listed below can help you protect and repair your skin from sun damage.
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleaner
"A gentle cleanser like this that cleanses your skin without over-drying is key for balanced skin," says Dr. Robinson.
Where to buy: $11.99, Ulta
Silk Naturals Facelift Vitamin C, DMAE, and Peptide Serum
Robinson says the vitamin C in this product can help "reduce free radical damage from pollution, smoke, and environmental toxins."
Where to buy: $17.95, Silk Naturals
FirstAid Beauty 5 in 1 Cream
"The best 'anti-aging' product we have is SPF," Robinson tells us. "Using a broad spectrum SPF that is 30 and above daily (with re-application every two hours and/or after water exposure) is the cornerstone to any comprehensive skin care regimen."
Where to buy: $40, Ulta
Silk Naturals 8% AHA Toner
If you're unfamiliar with AHA toners, Robinson explains they are "a type of acid that chemically exfoliates the skin and can lead to a brighter complexion."
Where to buy: $8.95, Silk Naturals
MUAC .30% Retinol
Robinson explains that retinols are a tried and true ingredient in skincare that can help increase skin cell turnover, build new collagen, and even out fine lines and superficial discoloration or pigmentation.
Where to buy: $13, Makeup Artist's Choice
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
This refreshing mixture of several oils and extracts can definitely add moisture to your parched skin.
Where to buy: $49, Sephora
Kate Blanc's Virgin Cold Pressed Argan Oil of Morocco
If you're looking for a cheaper alternative to the Midnight Rescue, though, an argan oil like this one can also provide plenty of hydration to help keep your skin healthy.
Where to buy: $12.95, Amazon