10 Must-Have Products To Help Repair A Sun-Damaged Skin Barrier

These picks work for both face and body to keep you covered from head to toe.

It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that summer can do a serious number to our skin — both face and body included. Blame it (mostly) on the sun. “UV rays can impair the skin barrier by causing significant inflammation and producing free radicals that can damage the skin,” says David Kim, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. “This can lead to collagen degradation, reduced wound healing, and DNA damage that can lead to skin cancer.”

Apart from wearing sunscreen on a daily basis — and diligently reapplying, of course — one of the best things you can do to help offset the aforementioned skin damage is to protect and strengthen your barrier (a.k.a. your lipid or moisture barrier), as it serves as your skin’s first line of defense against environmental aggressors like the sun. Look for products that aid in both calming and renewing the skin, and formulas that contain antioxidants like vitamins C and E, which help to combat free radical damage from the sun. “These [ingredients] are great for hyperpigmentation, collagen production, and brightening,” says Kim.

With this in mind, we’re sharing 10 powerhouse skin-care products (for both face and body) from Ulta Beauty that will help get your post-summer skin in great shape. And, if you want to treat your epidermis to some *extra* T.L.C. this season, might we suggest booking a facial at the trusted beauty destination? You can preview their full list of skin services here at your leisure.