Summer may be over, but chances are excess sun exposure has left a memory or two on your skin.

And while some memories are good, these ones aren’t. Dr. Gail Nield of the Woodbridge Dermatology and Laser Centre in Toronto shares some tips and solutions with us to correct our summer sun skin blunders.

TIP: It’s easier to prevent than correct, so wear sunscreen to protect yourself from UVA and UVB rays year-round. Wear a teaspoon’s worth for the face and a shot-glass amount for the body. Plus, regularly reapply when outdoors.

Skin Blunder: Hyperpigmentation          

Summer Culprit: Sunspots, melasma (a.k.a the pregnancy mask) and freckles are caused by UV rays.          

What to Do: Try lightening topicals. Don’t fear hydroquinone, but only use it as a short-term fix.           

…in OFFICE: Chemical peels and microder-mabrasion for both. Photofacials for sun spots.

…At-Home: VivierSkin SEEQUIN 4 IDS Lightening Serum ($133, dermatologist offices) and Alyria Brightening Complex ($80, dermatologist offices, alyria-med.com)

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Skin Blunder: Redness           

Summer Culprit: Due to flushing and visible blood vessels.

What to Do: Redness is often misdiagnosed as rosacea. Ensure a proper diagnosis and then use a redness-reducing product.           

…in OFFICE: Photofacials.

…At-Home: Rodial Dragon’s Hyaluronic Mask ($45, Murale) and Avène Antirougeurs Jour Redness-Relief Moisturizing Protecting Emulsion ($31, Shoppers Drug Mart)

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Skin Blunder: Wrinkles, skin laxity and a lack of firmness

Summer Culprit: Caused by environmental damage, not chronological aging.           

What to Do: Stimulate collagen formation and plump the skin by looking for products with retinoids, stem cells and peptides.           

…in OFFICE: Botox and fillers. Ulthera, an ultrasound skin tightening treatment.          

…At-Home: SkinMedica TNS Recovery Complex ($165, dermatologist offices and skinmedica.com) and Philosophy Miracle Worker Miraculous Anti-Aging Retinoid Pads and Solution ($91, Sephora and sephora.ca)

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Skin Blunder: Unven skin texture and tone. Loss of radiance           

Summer Culprit: With age, skin turnover slows down.

What to Do: Smooth and enliven skin with products that have AHA and Vitamin C.          

…in OFFICE: Chemical peels. Microdermabrasion.

…At-Home: La Roche-Posay Derm AHA Intensive Resurfacing Serum ($49.50, Shoppers Drug Mart) and NeoStrata Skin Resur-facing Duo ($72.50, well.ca)

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