How to Prevent Sun Spots From Forming?
Aug. 14, 2020
Do you struggle with sunspots? Many of us have struggled with sunspots at some point of our life. Even though Vitamin D is good for your skin and health, too much of it can be a bad thing. Hyperpigmentation due to sun damage is inevitable. Although wearing a good sunscreen helps prevent sun damage, nothing is guaranteed 100%. Not to mention, many of us did not understand the importance of sunscreen and the fact you should apply it during your early years. As a result, sunspots crept up later in our adult years.
The greatest skin sin–not applying sunscreen daily. What is the point of treating your scars and hyper-pigmentation issues, if you’re not protecting your skin everyday from UV rays?
Trust me, I never wore sunscreen before aesthetics school, and as a result I started to notice sun spots surfacing in my mid twenties. You must apply SPF even if it is cloudy or indoors because UV rays can travel through windows.
Today I am going to discuss the best ways to help prevent sun spots from forming.
You should apply sunscreen every two hours when you are going to be in the sun for hours at a time to protect against UV rays. Mayoclinic.org says, " UVA rays can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkling and age spots. UVB rays can burn your skin." Some products such as moisturizer or foundation contain sunscreen, however, they are not potent enough as using sunscreen. That doesn't mean you shouldn't use these products, it just means you need to apply sunscreen over to get full protection benefits.
If I had to choose one ingredient that I couldn't live without, it would be retinol. "Retinol smooths fine lines, fills in wrinkles, softens bumps and rough patches, brightens skin, fades scars and dark marks, and drastically reduces acne." (Marie Claire). Vitamin A or retinol helps promotie youthful and glowing skin overall. Applying retinol at least 2-3x a week can help shed dead skin cells to reveal brighter looking skin.
APPLY A BRIGHTENING SERUM
Apply serums with antioxidants such as vitamin C or niacinamide. "Antioxidants neutralize those free radicals to protect your skin from damage." (Marieclaire.com). There are many natural ingredients that work as a healthier alternative to hydroquinone such as kojic acid, licorice root, and vitamin C. Vitamin C is my favorite skin lightening ingredient. It also helps prevent dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.
VItamin C Products:
IMAGE SKINCARE VITA-C SERUM
CLINIQUE CUSTOM SMART REPAIR SERUM
C E FERULIC® WITH 15% L-ASCORBIC ACID
EXFOLIATE 2-3X PER WEEK
Exfoliation is one of the most important skin care tips. It helps shed dead skin cells and is a great way to prep your skin for face products. Like I mentioned in a previous article, did you know that as we age, the rate at which our skin cells shed is lower? This means exfoliation is crucial at least 2-3x times a week to help brighten those annoying dark spots.
WEAR A HAT AND/OR SUNGLASSES TO PROTECT
Besides the obvious fact that you should wear sunscreen, it’s also important to make sure you are protecting all parts of your face and body from UV rays. One way to help minimize sunspots is to wear sunglasses and a hat when you are going to be outside. Sun damage can occur around the eyes as well as well as the neck and chest. Be sure to apply sunscreen on any exposed areas to the sun.
AVOID SUN DURING PEAK HOURS
Did you know UVA and UVB rays are strongest between the hours of 10 AM-3 PM? If you have to be in the sun during these hours, "Choose sunscreen labeled broad spectrum meaning that it protects against two types of harmful rays: UVA and UVB." (Cancercare.org). Prevention is always important when it comes to skinare!
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Spf 40
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60
CONSUME ANTIOXIDANT RICH FOODS
According to marieclaire.com, “Antioxidants neutralize free radicals to protect your skin from damage.” Foods rich in antioxidants include fish, spinach, berries, and green tea. When you eat healthy, the result is glowing and brighter skin. Antioxidants include vitamins A, C, E and green tea.
Do It All Toner 🍃🍃
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Drink of water for your skin!
We’re in the deep of winter and our skin get dehydrated and beaten by the harsh elements. Treat your skin to a pure drink of water that is based with pure Artic water —The ultra pure water that flows from the Arctic is known for its unique functional composition that’s buzzed about for helping to recharge dull-looking skin. By adding moisture back in helps fortify your skin and enhances skins’ luminosity. LUMENE - Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence Serum 30ml $12-$25 depends on size and retail. Based with pure artic spring water and two types o hyaluronic acids this serum is super emollient and hydrating. Love love love how gentle this formula is. LUMENE - Nordic C Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion $14-$18 A gorgeous lightweight toning essence with pure artic water, hyaluronic acids and vitamin c rich berry complex. I love that it is gentle and not drying. 🐰 cruelty free and sustainably sourced
We’ll Miss You!
To our cherie fam who has inspired us deeply over the last year and a half: thank you. We are so grateful to have been a part of your beauty journeys and the community you created with us was nothing short of amazing. It's with sadness that we announce that cherie will be closing our doors on April 8, 2021, and your posts will no longer be available. While our platform will no longer be available, we encourage our community members to continue finding ways to create and allow their authentic voices to be heard.
Clear skin the gentle way?
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩 “buh-koo-chee-all” HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum I’ve already become a diehard Herbivore lover. So to receive this beauty was super exciting. When I started my acne journey on Cherie I was (and still am) a Differin Acne Gel stan. This was my choice of retinol and I wanted it strong to treat acne and boost my cellular turnover. Now that my acne is currently under control and it’s getting hot again, I definitely want something smooth and gentle. Bakuchiol is a gentler alternative to the very popular ingredient retinol. So essentially you’ll get overall youthful results for your skin. I haven’t tested this on my acne theory yet, but overall my face has been smooth and irritation free. This serum does not have a smell which I love for products of this caliber. I also love that it’s light and not drying at all. I use this at night and since i have a tolerance to retinol I use it every night. I haven’t been using it long enough to see results (about 12 weeks) but I definitely can’t wait to finish this. Have you tried Bakuchiol?
My Farewell To Cherie
Follow me on Ig for more skincare since Cherie is leaving 😭 @naturedskinv This has been an amazing journey and I’ve made soo many amazing friends. Thank you for all the love, conversations, and just overall happiness I’ve experienced on this app. I’m definitely sad, a little upset, and a dash of confused, but thank you @cheriefor giving me such an amazing confidence boost and guidance. The way the app shaped my thoughts on skincare has been insane. I’m still willing to forget this and call it a joke if y’all are! 😭 Anyways thank you again and hopefully we can stay in touch 🙏🏾
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