What to do about pesky sun spots, and how to avoid them.

Sun spots, pigmentation problems, brown spots- whatever you call them, one thing we can all agree on is we don’t want them and we don’t like them! It is the number one complaint I get during facial consultations next to stubborn acne. Helping reduce sun spots IS possible with a little dedicated home care and visits to your favorite Master Aesthetician.

First things first, how did you get the sun spots? The name gives it away, those spots are good old sun damage. Now I may sound like a broken record but, use an SPF of 50 or higher. Be picky about your sunscreen, this isn’t something you want to just snag from the drug store. Most drug store sunscreens are loaded with fragrance and unhealthy fillers that can cause irritation and/or breakouts. Your best bet is to visit your local spa or Dermatologists office and pick up a cosmeceutical sunscreen. My favorite? Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50. It’s slightly tinted, no fragrance, non-sticky and amazing!

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Now that we have that covered let’s talk about helping reduce the damage that’s been done.

At home care with prescription or cosmeceutical products can help immensely if the products have Hydroquinone, or a lactic acid (and a productive amount). Remember, if you want a pigment regulating product to work it needs to be a cosmeceutical or better yet, prescription strength and good news is, we have BOTH! Both our Image and Skinceutical lines (cosmeceuticals) have products that help with sunspots but hands down our prescription line, Obagi, takes the cake. Because we are a medical spa, under Physicians, we can sell Obagi but you must come in for a consult first. Obagi is great to start too this time of year because we will soon be out of the sun and can start to repair. Most people use and love the Obagi Nuderm kit, which is a multiple step kit which can be used in conjunction with Tretinoin cream for even better results. Obagi not only helps reduce pigmentation, but reduces fine lines and gives your skin that youthful glow again.

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Now that you have your home care down, it’s always a good idea to give your skin the extra boost it needs by getting a microdermabrasion, chemical peel, or Photofacial (laser). Our chemical peels and microdermabrasion aren’t as scary as you’ve heard, and help boost your results! The Photofacial does require a consult, but is probably the most effective treatment for pigmentation problems.

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And lastly, like we’ve mentioned in previous posts, a true Vitamin C serum can help build healthy strong skin that’s more resilient to damage. Our favorites? Skinceuticals CE Ferulic or Phloretin CF if you’re acne prone.

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As always, the best thing you can do is come in, get a facial, have a consult, relax, and discuss options with our friendly Aestheticians who are knowledgeable and eager to help you. You deserve it.

To book a consultation or appointment call 801-337-5818

Written by: Stevi S. Master Aesthetician

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