Autumn doesn’t make you impervious to the sun. Emily Payne, lead aesthetician at Bliss Spa, sums it up: “Rainy, sunny, snowy, in a car or through the window of your office, the sun’s rays are out there and can penetrate your skin.” Payne recommends two exfoliating treatments for restoring a compromised complexion.
Chemical Peel: Acid-based exfoliants target signs of aging as well as freckles, sunspots and scars. Ingredients such as glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids cause a blister effect—but in a beneficial way. “After one treatment you’ll see instant results, but a series of six every 10 days is recommended to get the brightest bright,” says Payne. For sun-damaged skin, use vitamin C or kojic acid to smooth unwanted discoloration. Payne recommends the Bright Stuff facial ($180 at Bliss), a 60-minute peel that comes with a collagen mask.
Microdermabrasion: A physical exfoliation, “Microdermabrasion is performed by gliding a pen-shaped wand on your skin,” says Payne. “It can feel a little scratchy. Each pass breaks down another dead layer.” People with a darker complexion are safer sticking to this method for treating discoloration—unlike with chemical peels, there’s no chance of uneven skin tone caused by too much acid. Payne suggests Crystal Clearing ($235), which focuses on the face and neck and includes a revitalizing oxygen spray.
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