How to Prevent Summer Sun Spots

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Some of us are prone to hyper-pigmentation. Commonly known as discoloration, freckles, brown spots, age spots or sun spots. You may notice that during the summer months they become more pronounced and easier to see. We know hyper-pigmentation can be a challenge, both to prevent and fade, but we have some skin care tips that will help you in your journey for a more even skin tone and brighter, more beautiful skin.

Sunscreen

This is the number 1 cause of pre-mature aging – exposing your skin to UV light and exposing skin to the sun – which also brings out sun spots. Ensuring you are applying SPF 30 (at a minimum!) as well as re-applying sun screen often is your best defense against aging!

Limit Exposure to Heat and Sun

Sun spots were always suspected to be from the sun – duh – but recently results have shown that sun spots also appear when exposed to too much heat. Heat can stimulate melanin activity so no matter how diligent you are about staying out of the sun, heat can also cause these frustrating spots to appear. This may be more difficult for those of us who live in warmer climates since the heat is not really anything you can control outside of an indoor environment. Now that you know this, try your best to limit sun exposure as well as heat exposure wherever possible. Equate Beauty Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector (Walmart.com for $12.84) is the perfect solution for minimizing the appearance of dark spots and acne blemishes.

Exfoliate Gently

Exfoliation is a major playing in healthy skin, so long as it’s done correctly and gently. Exfoliation is the process of using mild abrasives to remove dirt, oil, and makeup while washing away dead skin cells and other impurities. Exfoliating also brings blood to the surface of the skin and improves oxygen circulation throughout the area. Using exfoliating products such as facial scrubs can greatly help minimize the appearance of the dark spots, once they have appeared. When exfoliating is done correctly, it can help break apart pigmented cells to help prevent them from getting darker and larger. Use caution when exfoliating since this skin care measure can actually stimulate more melanin production if overdone. Equate Beauty Acne Foaming Cleanser (available in-store at Walmart) is great for helping to clear skin of acne and other impurities so that you can manage your hyper-pigmentation without worry of other skin issues getting in the way.

Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Certain fruits and vegetables are capable of promoting better sun protection than others? This is due to higher levels of antioxidants as well as a host of other vitamins and nutrients. Beta-carotene has been shown to increase internal SPF significantly as well as boosting the defenses against UV exposure by 20% more! Beta- carotene is found in carrots, kale, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Antioxidants are found in berries, citrus and many other vegetables. A good rule of thumb is to eat the rainbow of foods at every meal to maximize on the amazing benefits they offer.

Always remember to keep skin hydrated and moisturized – Equate Daily Moisture Body Wash (available at Walmart) – throughout the seasonal changes as well as having a solid skin care routine to maintain healthy, happy skin.

For more beauty tips & tricks visit The Savvy Beauty.