The health hazards of sun exposure are cut and dry: too much sun not only leads to cosmetic concerns, but it’s also the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.
It’s incredibly important to protect your skin from the sun to protect yourself from cancer, but these precautions work double-time and help prevent sun spots from appearing, too.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
A lot of women aren’t wearing the right amount of sunscreen because their makeup contains sunscreen. Skin cancer experts agree this isn’t sufficient to protect the skin, and it eventually leads to hyperpigmentation because of sun exposure.
You might focus on the SPF level of your sunscreen, but the amount applied is important, too. Instead of a thin layer in the morning, you should apply your sunscreen often if you’re outside for a good portion of your day.
Most people are guilty of not exfoliating enough. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells and debris that make your skin look drab and dull. It also helps break up hyperpigmented cells to reduce their appearance, thus lightening any sun spots you already have.
You should exfoliate at least once a day (before bed) and moisturize well afterwards.
Apply Natural Skin Lighteners
Skin lighteners suppress those pesky melanin cells and cause their darker color to fade. Lighteners with vitamins C and E are gentle, natural and as effective as harsher, manmade chemicals.
Apply these lighteners under your sunscreen every morning. Research is showing that vitamins C and E applied beneath sunscreen helps provide more protection than just wearing sunscreen. If that doesn’t convince you to use skin lighteners, nothing else will!
Wear a Hat
Preventing sun exposure is the single best thing in protecting your skin. If you’re heading to the beach, going for a hike or doing anything in the sun for a prolonged period of time, consider putting on a hat.
It may seem pointless if you’re using sunscreen, but even skin care experts agree that hats are an excellent way to prevent sun damage to the face.
Eat Foods High in Antioxidants
Antioxidants help protect your skin from cellular damage caused by the sun. Studies have shown that increasing your intake of antioxidants improves your body’s ability to produce natural sun protection. This doesn’t mean you can skip the daily sunscreen, but there’s no such thing as too much sun protection.
Sun spots are imperfections, so why not be proactive and work to prevent them? Preventing sunspots means you’re preventing dangerous sun damage.
Fortunately, if you already have sun spots or sun damage, SeaMist MedSpa in South Kingstown proudly offers IPL therapy treatments to get your skin looking great again.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about sun spots prevention and treatments.