Beauty writer Erica Cupido talks to the experts about how to bounce back from hair and skin damage
The latest skin-care products are formulated to defy visible signs of aging and turn back the clock. They key to enviably smooth skin like Andie MacDowell’s is the year-round use of topical SPF, but if you’ve been less than vigilant and want to reverse the sun’s harmful effects, look for products containing retinol. “It’s the gold standard when it comes to anti-aging,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, dermatologist at DLK on Avenue. “It promotes skin renewal and works to smooth fine lines and wrinkles.” For best results that typically last six to 12 months, hyaluronic acid-based injectable fillers can also be used to soften or erase folds and expression lines.
Fast-acting serums that stimulate collagen production can alos help restore the skin’s youthful appearance, while professional treatments that boost the natural supply of collagen will plump up the skin and smooth wrinkles. ProFractional laser treatments, for example, simultaneously target collagen fibres and improve the appearance of damaged skin.
Discoloration and uneven skin tone are also legacies of sun exposure. To diminish the appearance of dark spots, Dr. Kellett recommends using a correcting treatment that includes vitamin A. If redness is a result of breakouts, those with acne-prone skin should look for solutions containing benzoyl peroxide, a reliable acne-fighting ingredient. Skin-tone correctors with vitamin C have an overall brightening effect on the skin and will help to create a luminous complexion like Olivia Wilde’s.