Sunspots are typical in summer. We sunbathe longer than necessary and the skin reacts. Some spots go away. Others stay. And some announce that we're not 15 anymore. Here are 5 tips to follow to avoid sunpots.
Your best chance against sunspots is prevention. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends:
1. Use sunscreen every day
Whether or not there are spots. Sunscreen should offer protection of 30SPF or more. Use it every day, regardless of whether it's sunny or not. Don't forget sunglasses and a hat either. The more coverage, the better.
2. Choose safe exfoliating products.
These include those containing vitamin C, glycolic acid, retinol, AHA and BHAs. Cleansing the skin with appropriate products, and exfoliating weekly with mild chemical (not physical) products will make all the difference. Be consistent with your beauty routine and it will pay off.
3. Avoid products that contain steroids or mercury in their composition.
Steroids can cause pimples and rashes, while mercury is highly toxic. Incredibly, it is still found in some creams used to lighten skin (mainly outside of the US).
4. Stick to a healthy diet.
Yes, we know. You've heard it all before. But this is key. Eating a healthy diet, drinking water, and exercising will make all the difference. Dark leafy greens, green tea, avocado and berries are all skin-friendly foods.
5. Talk to a dermatologist about the available options
He or she also will perform a thorough exam to confirm that the spots you want treated are, in fact, sunspots. That’s a key step because not all brown spots are sunspots. Your dermatologist will be able to provide more information about laser and other treatments. Do not do these at home with devices purchased online as you can further damage your skin.