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The Best Ways
to Minimize
Sun Damage

The sun is responsible for much of what many people assume is normal aging: wrinkles, sagging, discoloration, and dullness. If you have any doubts, compare the back of your hand to, say, your actual backside. One sees the sun pretty much every day, while the other sees it significantly less; even the most committed nudist has significantly nicer skin on their butt than on the backs of their hands. Over time, the sun has a big, big impact on the way our skin looks and feels.

The very best way to minimize sun damage is to prevent as much of it as you can in the first place. Short of a Gollum-style existence in a cave or an underground bunker, sun exposure is inevitable; everyday exposure adds up quickly, so focus daily on often-exposed areas like your face, hands, and chest. On sunny vacations and during outdoor workouts, we tend to expose more of the body for a longer time, so it’s important to be vigilant when planning for those occasions with plenty of clean sunscreen, too.

But there are effective ways to improve skin that’s been damaged by the sun. At the dermatologist’s office, treatments like lasers, heat and light therapies, and injectables can make a powerful change in the state of your skin, but taking care of your skin day in and day out makes an enormous difference. A consistent, clean skin-care routine that incorporates exfoliants, antioxidants, and nourishing moisture can help ameliorate the effects of sun damage, leaving skin revitalized and more fresh, smooth, even, and radiant no matter what your age—or how many beachy vacations in your past.

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  2. Protect and Prevent with SPF

    Sunscreen can make a huge difference; the standard dermatologist recommendation is to wear SPF 30 or higher, every day.

  1. goop Favorites for Face:

  2. Daily Protezione SPF 30 Daily Protezione SPF 30
    Vive Sana
    Daily Protezione SPF 30
    goop, $55
  3. Honua Skincare Honua Skincare
    Honua Skincare
    Malu Protecting
    Day Cream + SPF 30

    goop, $42
  4. Naturopathica DAILY UV DEFENSE Naturopathica DAILY UV DEFENSE
    Naturopathica
    DAILY UV DEFENSE

    CREAM SPF 50

    goop, $58

Why we insist on clean mineral (also called physical) sunscreen: Clean sunscreen made with only mineral sunscreens (the active ingredient list should include nothing other than titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide) creates a protective layer on your skin, similar to the way clothing can block the sun’s rays from reaching the skin. Unlike chemical sunscreens (anything else listed in the “active ingredient” portion of the label besides titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), which absorb the sun’s rays, mineral sunscreens reflect the sun’s rays away from skin. Minerals soothe skin (zinc oxide is what baby-bottom cream is made with), while chemical sunscreens are among the most irritating chemicals in the beauty industry. And while chemical sunscreens degrade in sunlight, mineral ones do not. A good rule of thumb is if a sunscreen’s harder to rub in, it’s probably mineral. And those extra few seconds of blending it into your skin are more than worth it.

  1. goop Favorites for Body:

  2. Beautycounter COUNTERSUN Minerals Beautycounter COUNTERSUN Minerals
    Beautycounter
    COUNTERSUN MINERAL
    SUNSCREEN LOTION SPF 30

    goop, $39
  3. SURF MUD - SPF 30 SURF MUD - SPF 30
    EIR NYC
    SURF MUD – SPF 30
    goop, $24
  4. The Organic Pharmacy The Organic Pharmacy
    The Organic Pharmacy
    Cellular Protection
    Sun CREAM SPF 30

    goop, $69
  5. Beyond sunscreen, wear hats and long sleeves when it’s feasible, stick to the shade in general, and limit your sun exposure so you’re not going to the beach or for a major run or bike ride between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. And if you ever end up with a sunburn, take some aspirin right away to help prevent further damage as it soothes the burn.

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  2. Exfoliate

    As your skin ages or becomes damaged, it gets more sluggish: Dead skin cells turn over less frequently, which makes skin look dull and uneven and makes it more difficult for everything from moisture to treatment ingredients to reach the fresh skin underneath. Whether you do it with a physical exfoliant, like a scrub or a washcloth, or a chemical one, like an alpha hydroxy acid or a fruit enzyme, sweeping away those dead skin cells reinvigorates skin and paves the way for repair.

  1. Once-a-Week
    Superexfoliant:

    GOOPGLOW 15% GLYCOLIC OVERNIGHT GLOW PEEL GOOPGLOW 15% GLYCOLIC OVERNIGHT GLOW PEEL
    goop Beauty
    GOOPGLOW 15% GLYCOLIC
    OVERNIGHT GLOW PEEL

    goop, $125
  2. Exfoliating Serums:

    Tata Harper ELIXIR VITAE Tata Harper ELIXIR VITAE
    Tata Harper
    ELIXIR VITAE
    goop, $400
  3. The Organic Pharmacy FOUR ACID PEEL The Organic Pharmacy FOUR ACID PEEL
    The Organic Pharmacy
    FOUR ACID PEEL
    goop, $55
  1. Exfoliating Cleansers:

  2. Dr. Barbara Sturm ENZYME CLEANSER Dr. Barbara Sturm ENZYME CLEANSER
    Dr. Barbara Sturm
    ENZYME CLEANSER
    goop, $75
  3. REGENERATING CLEANSER REGENERATING CLEANSERs
    Tata Harper
    REGENERATING CLEANSER
    goop, $82
  4. Goldfaden MD Pure Start Goldfaden MD Pure Start
    Goldfaden MD
    PURE START
    goop, $35
  1. Daily Pore Treatment:

    G.TOX MALACHITE + AHA G.TOX MALACHITE + AHA
    goop Beauty
    G.TOX MALACHITE + AHA
    PORE REFINING TONIC

    goop, $75
  2. Daily Skin Essence:

    ACTIVE TREATMENT ESSENCE ACTIVE TREATMENT ESSENCE
    Vintner’s Daughter
    ACTIVE TREATMENT ESSENCE
    goop, $225
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  2. Supercharge with Antioxidants

    Free radicals from sun, pollution, and other environmental aggressors damage skin; you can observe the same action when you slice open an apple and the flesh turns brown as it oxidizes. Antioxidants are compounds that fight the formation of free radicals, helping prevent some of the damage caused by the sun. There are many antioxidant ingredients, including vitamins C and E, retinol, and CoQ10. Some antioxidants can work both topically and internally—vitamin C is a particularly popular and useful one—so taking the best care of your skin should be a multifaceted endeavor. Plants are naturally full of antioxidants, so eating lots of fruits and vegetables is important; supplementing and using plant-based skin care are both brilliant adjuncts.

  1. Antioxidant
    Powder for Skin:

    True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster
    True Botanicals
    Vitamin C Booster
    goop, $90
  2. Drinkable
    Antioxidants for Skin:

    GOOPGLOW MORNING SKIN SUPERPOWDER GOOPGLOW MORNING SKIN SUPERPOWDER
    goop Beauty
    GOOPGLOW MORNING SKIN SUPERPOWDER
    goop, $60
  3. Antioxidant Serum:

    Vintner's Daughter ACTIVE BOTANICAL SERUM Vintner's Daughter ACTIVE BOTANICAL SERUM
    Vintner’s Daughter
    ACTIVE BOTANICAL SERUM
    goop, $185
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  2. moisturize

    Well-hydrated skin not only looks and feels healthier; it’s also less vulnerable to breaking down in the face of environmental assaults. Keep your skin fresh and supple with a consistent supply of moisture.

  1. Weightless
    Moisturizing Serum:

    Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum
    Dr. Barbara Sturm
    Hyaluronic Serum
    goop, $300
  2. Moisturizing Oils:

    Enriching Face Oil Enriching Face Oil
    goop by Juice Beauty
    Enriching Face Oil
    goop, $110
  3. Pai ROSEHIP BIOREGENERATE OIL Pai ROSEHIP BIOREGENERATE OIL
    Pai
    ROSEHIP BIOREGENERATE OIL
    goop, $44
  1. Soothing Balms:

    THE BLUE COCOON THE BLUE COCOON
    May Lindstrom
    THE BLUE COCOON
    goop, $180
  2. Miracle Eye-Area
    Moisturizers:

    KORA Organics NONI RADIANT EYE OIL KORA Organics NONI RADIANT EYE OIL
    KORA Organics
    NONI RADIANT EYE OIL
    goop, $38
  3. Rich Hydrating Creams:

    goop by Juice Beauty REPLENISHING NIGHT CREAM goop by Juice Beauty REPLENISHING NIGHT CREAM
    goop by Juice Beauty
    REPLENISHING NIGHT CREAM
    goop, $140
  1. Boundless Solid Oil Boundless Solid Oil
    8 Faces
    Boundless Solid Oil
    goop, $88
  2. PERFECTING EYE CREAM PERFECTING EYE CREAM
    goop by Juice Beauty
    PERFECTING EYE CREAM
    goop, $90
  3. PLANTGENIUS MELT MOISTURIZER PLANTGENIUS MELT MOISTURIZER
    Alpyn Beauty
    PLANTGENIUS
    MELT MOISTURIZER

    goop, $60
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  2. TREAT YOUR
    BODY, TOO

    Exfoliating, moisturizing, and protecting your body skin can help prevent sun damage from affecting it, too. Moisturizers made with antioxidants are especially good for skin, leaving it hydrated, comfortable, and glowy.

  1. goop Beauty G.TOX ULTIMATE DRY BRUSH goop Beauty G.TOX ULTIMATE DRY BRUSH
    goop Beauty
    G.TOX ULTIMATE
    DRY BRUSH

    goop, $20
  2. goop Beauty G.DAY BLACK PEPPER + ROSE HIP ENERGY BODY OIL
    goop Beauty
    G.DAY BLACK PEPPER + ROSE

    HIP ENERGY BODY OIL

    goop, $60
  3. The Organic Pharmacy CELLULAR PROTECTION SUN CREAM SPF 50 The Organic Pharmacy CELLULAR PROTECTION SUN CREAM SPF 50
    The Organic Pharmacy
    CELLULAR PROTECTION
    SUN CREAM SPF 50

    goop, $69
  1. 1

  2. Protect and Prevent with SPF

    Sunscreen can make a huge difference; the standard dermatologist recommendation is to wear SPF 30 or higher, every day.

  1. goop Favorites
    for Face:

Why we insist on clean mineral (also called physical) sunscreen: Clean sunscreen made with only mineral sunscreens (the active ingredient list should include nothing other than titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide) creates a protective layer on your skin, similar to the way clothing can block the sun’s rays from reaching the skin. Unlike chemical sunscreens (anything else listed in the “active ingredient” portion of the label besides titanium dioxide and zinc oxide), which absorb the sun’s rays, mineral sunscreens reflect the sun’s rays away from skin. Minerals soothe skin (zinc oxide is what baby-bottom cream is made with), while chemical sunscreens are among the most irritating chemicals in the beauty industry. And while chemical sunscreens degrade in sunlight, mineral ones do not. A good rule of thumb is if a sunscreen’s harder to rub in, it’s probably mineral. And those extra few seconds of blending it into your skin are more than worth it.

  1. goop Favorites
    for Body:

  2. Beyond sunscreen, wear hats and long sleeves when it’s feasible, stick to the shade in general, and limit your sun exposure so you’re not going to the beach or for a major run or bike ride between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. And if you ever end up with a sunburn, take some aspirin right away to help prevent further damage as it soothes the burn.

  1. 2

  2. Exfoliate

    As your skin ages or becomes damaged, it gets more sluggish: Dead skin cells turn over less frequently, which makes skin look dull and uneven and makes it more difficult for everything from moisture to treatment ingredients to reach the fresh skin underneath. Whether you do it with a physical exfoliant, like a scrub or a washcloth, or a chemical one, like an alpha hydroxy acid or a fruit enzyme, sweeping away those dead skin cells reinvigorates skin and paves the way for repair.

  1. Once-a-Week

    Superexfoliant:

  2. Exfoliating Serums:

  1. Exfoliating Cleansers:

  1. Daily Pore Treatment:

  2. Daily Skin Essence:

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  2. Supercharge with Antioxidants

    Free radicals from sun, pollution, and other environmental aggressors damage skin; you can observe the same action when you slice open an apple and the flesh turns brown as it oxidizes. Antioxidants are compounds that fight the formation of free radicals, helping prevent some of the damage caused by the sun. There are many antioxidant ingredients, including vitamins C and E, retinol, and CoQ10. Some antioxidants can work both topically and internally—vitamin C is a particularly popular and useful one—so taking the best care of your skin should be a multifaceted endeavor. Plants are naturally full of antioxidants, so eating lots of fruits and vegetables is important; supplementing and using plant-based skin care are both brilliant adjuncts.

  1. Antioxidant
    Powder
    for Skin:

  2. Drinkable
    Antioxidants
    for Skin:

  3. Antioxidant Serum:

  1. 4

  2. moisturize

    Well-hydrated skin not only looks and feels healthier; it’s also less vulnerable to breaking down in the face of environmental assaults. Keep your skin fresh and supple with a consistent supply of moisture.

  1. Weightless

    Moisturizing Serum:

  2. Moisturizing Oils:

  1. Soothing Balms:

  2. Boundless Solid Oil Boundless Solid Oil
    8 Faces
    Boundless Solid Oil
    goop, $88
  3. Miracle Eye-Area
    Moisturizers:

  4. PERFECTING EYE CREAM PERFECTING EYE CREAM
    goop by Juice Beauty
    PERFECTING EYE CREAM
    goop, $90
  5. Rich Hydrating Creams:

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  2. TREAT YOUR
    BODY, TOO

  3. Exfoliating, moisturizing, and protecting your body skin can help prevent sun damage from affecting it, too. Moisturizers made with antioxidants are especially good for skin, leaving it hydrated, comfortable, and glowy.

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