How To Prevent Sun Spots On Face And Skin
Summer and sun spots often times go together but wouldn’t be better if we took some action to prevent sun spots and not just try to get rid of them once they start appearing on different parts of our face and body?
Since sun spots may appear at any season whenever our skin is exposed to the sun, here is how to prevent sun spots on your face and skin. Most of these tips can also be applied to prevent sun spots on car, while tanning and even on hands. Let´s have a look!
Sunscreen. What else?
If you are wondering whether sunscreen prevents sun spots, the answer is yes it does! It is a well known fact that skin exposure to UV rays without sun protection is the number one cause of sunspots on face and skin.
Unfortunately, many of us apply sunscreen just once before going out in the morning and if we are on the beach or by the pool, we do not reapply sunscreen even after swimming.
The best way is to apply an adequate amount of sunscreen onto your skin and reapply using the same amount after one and a half hour or each time you come out of the water.
Keep Away From Heat
It is not only UV radiation that is responsible for skin pigmentation. Recent scientific studies have shown that another culprit is the heat!
The heat that is emitted by the sun rays seem to trigger melanocytes´ function, which results to the accumulation and uneven distribution of melanin.
This practically means that just using sunscreen when you are on the beach or wearing a hat when walking in the city is not enough to prevent sun spots from appearing on your face.
During those very hot hours of the day, you don´t only need to be in the shade but also keep your body cool as much as possible.
Lower your Body Temperature
But what if we cannot avoid the hot sun (something very common in heat wave conditions) or we simply cannot resist getting a tan fast?
In this case, experts recommend a beneficial and at the same time enjoyable tip. In order to prevent activating melanin production, try to reduce your body´s temperature. You want to know how?
If you are in the city, after coming back home, pour plenty of ice water on your face or make a cold compress using ice cubes.
If you are on the beach, dive in the water as many times as you can and keep spraying your face with a thermal spray spring water. When sunbathing, put an ice cold towel on your neck.
Finally, after a full day out in the sun, apply a cooling moisturizer on your face, preferably in a gel form. For better results, keep the moisturizer in the fridge. After sun products are also suitable in this case because they lower the skin temperature by 2-3 degrees.
Choose the Right Hat
Wearing a hat is the ideal solution to protect your skin from sun spots whether you are in the city or on the beach. Often times, however, hats make our face hot and sweaty especially when they are made of cloth and they feel tight on the forehead.
As we have already seen, heat triggers melanin production which promotes the appearance of brown spots on the skin.
So, be sure to choose hats that are made from lightweight material such as straw hats or net caps that can protect you from the sun and at the same time allow the air to circulate and cool you down.
Keep your Retinol Cream Only for the Night
You may have often heard that retinol products should not be used in the summer but why? The truth is that retinol is an unstable component that when coming in contact with light and air, it gets oxidized and loses its effectiveness.
Also, it may cause photosensitivity to your skin. Since retinol is an effective anti-aging ingredient that can control melanin production and prevent dark spots on your face and skin, all you have to do is keep your retinol cream for your night care routine.
Vitamin C Helps A Lot!
Topical application of Vitamin C reinforces your sun protection, so when it is combined with your sunscreen, your protection against those sun spots increases even by 4 times.
Vitamin C is also good for controlling melanin production and making sun spots less visible.
To benefit your skin from the sun protective properties of vitamin C, you can apply a good quality vitamin C serum before using your sunscreen.
Eat Foods that Contain Antioxidants
Consuming foods that are rich in vitamins C and E makes our skin 20 times more resistant to sunburn and increases our protection against sun damage and the appearance of sun spots on face or hands and body.
Some ideas of delicious natural foods with antioxidant properties are carrots, melons, apricots, green peppers (they contain beta-carotene), strawberries, cherries, red peppers, tomatoes and, of course, oranges (rich in vitamin C) as well as olive oil and all vegetable oils (they contain vitamin E).
All in all, knowing how to prevent sun spots on face and skin naturally will help you get less dark spots as you age as well as make less visible the pigment spots you already have.