You may have noticed that in the summertime brown spots appear on your skin. These can be freckles, ages spots or sun spots, which all describe the localized hyper-pigmentation that's often the result of exposure to the sun's UV rays. If you're concerned about any new or growing dark spots on your skin, it's always wise to have them checked out by a dermatologist to rule out any serious concerns. The type of brown spots this article discusses are a cosmetic issue only.
When you were a child, summer freckles may have faded on their own during the winter months when you weren't spending as much time outdoors. But once you grow older, those spots tend to stick around and give a dull look to your complexion unless you do something about them. Here's how to prevent new sun spots and diminish the appearance of the ones you already have.
1. Boost your sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen to prevent sun damage is a no brainer, but you can boost the effectiveness of your sunscreen by choosing one that's formulated with vitamins C and E. Scientists have found that using these antioxidants topically acts as a sunscreen booster. Vitamin C also helps to fade sunspots by suppressing melanin cells.
Additionally, eating foods that contain vitamin C, like citrus fruits, together with foods like nuts that contain vitamin E, can also give your skin added protection against the sun's rays, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.
2. Scrub your skin. Using an exfoliator regularly can help slough off pigment-containing skin cells, lightening their appearance. Chemical exfoliators with ingredients such as glycolic acid and retinol are especially effective for dark spots. Be aware that too much exfoliating can lead to puffiness or breakouts, so if you're seeing those signs of over-scrubbing your face, scale back on how often you exfoliate.
3. Try fade creams. Creams that contain hydroquinone can help to fade sun spots. Hydroquinone is a naturally-occurring substance that's found in certain fruits and grains. It helps suppress melanin to fade existing sun spots and prevent new ones from showing up.
4. Get a facial or light peel. Estheticians have an arsenal of high-quality products that can help to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Ideally, go in for monthly facials during the summertime. Facials that contain antioxidants will be particularly beneficial. At the least, consider a professional facial at the end of the summer to give your face a head start on the road to recovery from summer sun exposure.
For more information, contact a business such as Tracy Hudson Advanced Skin Care.