Yesterday I went to my dermatologist, Gervaise Gerstner (who doled out some important skincare advice when I interviewed her for TFI; read it here), because I need my annual checkup but also wanted her to burn off a couple of small (non-cancerous, luckily) spots on the left side of my face. I also was asking if she noticed an area of hyper-pigmentation on the left side of my check. Well, hello, sun damage from driving my cute little BMW station wagon. Whether you’re mode of transport is a Rolls or a Hyundai, the sun doesn’t discriminate, and if you drive enough, you should be super thoughtful about applying sunscreen always. I admit I usually just use a tinted moisturizer with SPF in the winter, but I don’t apply it before I drive to exercise class, or when I’m running weekend errands.
Obviously I have to start changing my habits, which means sunscreen or tinted moisturizer every day before I leave the house. In the meantime, Gervaise gave me Lytera to lighten up the pigmentation (to use twice a day). I’m quite sure it’s not all-natural, but I plan to use it and get my skin under control and then, fingers crossed, never go back. I’m lucky the skin damage is not more serious. Lesson learned.
photo of Lisa Taylor, Vogue, 1975
I’ve used Lyteria for about 2 years following a fraxil restore tx ( I’ve had two) 1x/day in the morning with TNS recovery. A good tip the MD gave me is when applying products, pump it out on alternate heel of hand to tx hands as well. With regular facials and good products my skin has maintained an even tone. I have been moving toward more natural products and find simple jojoba oil very benificial. I apply sunscreen often, especially when driving. I always have a sunscreen stick with me for easy applications.