Is the REVERSE Regimen safe to use on summer days at the beach or while boating as long as we reapply REVERSE Sunscreen often? I’m also wondering if retinol can actually intensify sun damage even if I’m wearing an SPF 50.
Dr. Kathy Fields: First, remember that harmful rays are present 365 days a year, so lifestyle is actually a more important consideration than the time of year. Anyone serious about addressing their dull skin and dark marks can layer on the sunscreen, seek shade and wear protective clothing all year long—but it makes no sense to begin a spot-fading regimen if you’re spending time outdoors without strict sun protection.
Ultimately, any kind of tanning, whether in natural sunlight or in a tanning bed, will negate what REVERSE Regimen does for brown spots or dull skin. It’s like going up the down escalator. If you wish to have a sunny glow, seek a safe alternative, like our ESSENTIALS Foaming Sunless Tan or ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides in Bronze.
Another thing to keep in mind: Pure Vitamin A, also known as Retinoic Acid or Retin-A, as well as its many common derivatives used in skincare products (Retinol, Retinaldehyde and Retinyl Palmitate) can be mildly sun sensitizing.
The ingredient choices, and concentrations of such ingredients, in any Rodan + Fields skincare product are each very carefully selected to help minimize sun sensitivity. In addition, we always recommend the use of one of our advanced daily sunscreen protection products, like REVERSE Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Sunscreen. All are specifically designed to protect skin from various types of sun damage and to protect sun-sensitive skin.
The safest solution will always be to avoid the sun, wear sunscreen and seek shade.
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