It’s the time of year when sun spots make their unwanted appearance. These unsightly discolorations are a form of hyperpigmentation caused by exposure to the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sun spots show up on our most exposed areas, such as the face, neck, décolleté, arms, hands and legs. Unfortunately, they can’t be prevented with facial exercises or expensive moisturizers. Even if you wear sunscreen daily and reapply it often, they can still appear.
Once sun spots form, they can be difficult to get rid of. Follow these steps to help prevent these babies from showing up on your skin.
1. Avoid Sun Exposure
The best way to prevent sun spots is to avoid the sun altogether. If that’s not possible, stay indoors during between 10 am and 4 pm, when UV rays are at their peak strength.
2. Wear UV Protection
Protect your skin by wearing sunscreen with SPF 30 every single day, rain or shine. Our Protective Sunblock SPF 30 is an excellent, lightweight choice that melts into your skin. Re-apply every few hours, especially if you’re outside. Apply it to your face, neck, décolleté, hands and anywhere else that you don’t want sun spots. If you plan to be outside for a while, wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and clothing made with built-in SPF protection.
3. Eat Antioxidant-Rich Foods
Foods that contain antioxidants including lycopene and beta-carotene help protect against sun damage. Both of these nutrients act as an internal sunscreen, fighting damage from within. Colorful fruits and green leafy vegetables are good sources of these beneficial antioxidants.
4. Use Vitamin C
Vitamin C has antioxidant properties that have been shown to protect against UV damage and may even repair discolored skin cells. Eat lots of citrus and apply a topical product, like our Vitamin C Complex Serum.
5. Exfoliate Regularly
Exfoliating removes dead, pigmented cells and helps the living cells underneath them rise to the surface. Use a gentle product and consult with a dermatologist or esthetician to determine how many times a week is necessary. An excellent way to promote exfoliation and cell turnover is to use a retinol product like our Retinol Skin Conditioner regularly. It helps resolve sun spots while imparting a dewy, youthful glow.
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