BASK­ING IN THE HEAT

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Whether you’re in the sun or not, “heat alone is enough to trig­ger brown spots,” says Dr. Brandt. High temps—any­thing above 32 de­grees—spur in­flam­ma­tion and free rad­i­cals (oxy­gen mol­e­cules that mess with nor­mal cell func­tion), kick­ing pig­ment-making melanocyte cells into over­drive. Mu­rad Sen­si­tive Skin Sooth­ing Serum P2,100. kiehl’s Ac­tively Cor­rect­ing & beau­ti­fy­ing bb Cream, P2,160.

Stop the skin dam­age be­fore it can even start. In­gre­di­ents such as ko­jic acid (in the Belo cream, right) and mul­berry (found in Clin­ique's serum, here) are called ty­rosi­nase in­hibitors. They work by block­ing the en­zyme re­spon­si­ble for stim­u­lat­ing me­lanin so that hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion will never get a chance to show up on your skin, says Dr. Ze­ich­ner.

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Clin­ique Smart Cus­tom-re­pair Serum, 30 ml, P3,750.

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