Are you starting to notice your skin developing discoloration? Do you remember those adorable “freckles” you thought you had in your 20s? Well, those spots are caused by years of sun damage, and now they’re stopping you from going outside.
What Are These Spots?
Sun spots. Age spots. Liver spots. No matter what they’re called, they often occur when the skin is exposed to harsh sun rays for long periods. They can appear anywhere on the body that is exposed to the sun, but the most noticeable places are the cheeks, nose, and upper lip. These dark marks and collections of pigment (melanin) are difficult to cover up, even with makeup, but they are possible to fade naturally with patience.
Should You Be Worried?
Most sun spots are harmless, but it’s still important to see a dermatologist once a year to determine whether or not they’re cancerous. Once it’s been confirmed that the spots are harmless, you can begin treating them to minimize their appearance.
Dermatologists may prescribe exfoliating creams like Tretinoin or hydroquinone to help prevent discoloration, however, these treatments are harsh and can increase the risk of damage or spots returning if they’re not used correctly. Thankfully, there are plenty of natural, easy methods to target and fight hyperpigmentation. The Opaleze Brightening Serum contains a powerhouse of natural exfoliators and melanin-inhibiting ingredients such as Licorice Extract and Kojic Acid, which are proven antioxidants that help slough off dead skin cells that contain excess pigment. Normally, it can take 4-6 weeks for sun spots to fade, so use this brightening serum morning and night to help hydrate, smooth skin, minimize discoloration, and brighten the overall complexion.
Since these spots are most often caused by UV exposure, it’s important to wear sunscreen daily. Otherwise, the spots will become more prominent and multiply. The Protec Plus Natural SPF 30 is a clean, yet potent SPF to prevent the risk of skin cancer and the return of your spots.
The sun isn’t our enemy, but it’s still best to limit direct exposure and take precaution. In addition to treating and enhancing the skin with sunscreen and brightening serum, you can also use our Glow To Go Pads to push out cells with discolored pigments. For skin that’s had too much sun, we recommend our Soothing Mist to nourish and calm. These tips for being sun-safe are truly non-negotiable for healthy, radiant skin.