How to undo sun-damaged skin

From pigmentation to dryness, we share the best ways to undo sun damage.
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Blocked pores

Applying SPF and makeup daily can lead to blocked pores. Thankfully, Sukin’s Blemish Control cleanser is here to save your skin. With congestion-solving eucalyptus, tea-tree and pomegranate to purify the skin, it gets deep down into pores to prevent blackheads.

Skin Clearing Facial Wash, $12.49 at Chemist Warehouse

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Dark spots

Pigmentation tends to worsen over the summer due to higher levels of UV exposure, but there are some hardworking ingredients that can help. Rich with glycolic and lactic acids, Ole Henriksen Glow2OH Dark Spot Toner gently resurfaces the skin for an even complexion. Follow the toner with a few drops of The Body Shop’s Vitamin C Serum to help brighten the skin.

Ole Henriksen Glow2Oh Dark Spot Toner, $47 at Sephora

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The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Serum, $55 at The Body Shop

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Summer skin can mean increased sebum production and pimples, but as temperatures lower, don’t be tempted to pick. Instead, place a tbh patch on a spot and leave it be. Loaded with salicylic acid, they give targeted treatment, reducing redness overnight.

tbh Skincare Patch it Up Everyday Patches, $19.95 at tbh Skincare

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Fine lines

Retinol is one of the only proven anti-ageing skincare ingredients out there (as well as SPF). No7’s multi-tasking Pure Retinol Night Cream uses collagen peptide technology to help even skin tone and nourish your skin so it’s silky smooth.

No7 Pure Retinol Night Cream, $61.99 at Priceline

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When your skin feels parched or dehydrated, drench it in a serum loaded with hyaluronic acid. Neutrogena’s magic formula is infused with glycerin to deeply hydrate – simply use 4-5 drops on damp skin before applying moisturiser.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Serum

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Air conditioning, full-speed fans and hot air temperatures can wreak havoc on your skin’s ability to retain moisture, so as autumn goes on, focus on nourishing products. Hydrating and lightweight, Skin Proud’s oil-free moisturiser soaks into the skin for dewy results.

Skin Proud Sorbet Skin Moisturiser, $28 at ASOS

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Skin barrier

If you accidentally got burned during the summer, it’s almost certain your skin barrier has been impaired. There are ways to soothe and keep inflamed skin at bay – simply keep a calming mask in the fridge and pop it on whenever your skin feels angry.

Garnier Hydra Bomb Sheet Mask, $6.99 at Chemist Warehouse

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