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August 17th, 2011


Repercussions from summer’s fun.

imageYes, summer is coming to an end. I hope the next few weeks pass slowly, but as I look into the mirror I see all the damage it has done.

My warm highlights have turned bleach blond, leaving it dry and brittle--- I haven't even bothered to blow it out due to the high humidity levels and heavy rain we've been having.

My skin has its own flaws and no matter how careful I am in applying sunscreen and covering-up under a hat my complexion has been mottled with new dark spots--- they're like an old penny that keeps coming back.

The biggest culprit: the sun's ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet rays trigger the pigment-­producing cells to produce more melanin. This encourages dark spots, blotches and uneven skin tone.

On a good note, these blotches react well to skincare products. Exfoliation- using a gentle, non-abrasive product- should be incorporated into your skin care routine at least three times a week; it helps strip away pigmented cells.

Better yet look for products that ­combine skin brighteners with exfoliators, such as Garnier's Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector. It's a new daily moisturizer offering the highest concentration of Pure Vitamin C available at the mass market. According to dermatologist Dr. Diane Madfes, "Pure Vitamin C fades dark spots by breaking apart pigmentation clusters below the skin's surface. It exfoliates the skin, and also stimulates collagen production so skin looks healthier and more even toned." However, be patient, results will be seen somewhere between 4-8 weeks, and Dr. Madfes stresses, "sunscreen is a must- wear it everyday."

Taking a dose of vitamin C daily gives new meaning to skin renew.


- Back.

Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin.

—Gwyneth Paltrow