How to reduce dark spots?
March 11, 2019
Despite knowing the importance of wearing broad-spectrum SPF each and every day to protect our skin from the damaging and skin aging effects of the sun’s UV rays, nobody’s perfect. Over time many of us may experience dark spots and discoloration on our skin’s surface as a direct result of not adequately protecting our skin. But thankfully there are steps we can take to visibly reduce the appearance of surface-level discoloration. Want a glowing, more even-toned complexion?
What causes dark spots?
Dark spots and discoloration on the skin’s surface occur when melanin—the pigment that gives skin its color—is produced in excess. This can happen for a number of reasons including:
1. UVA and UVB Rays: Sun damage is the primary cause of discoloration—making wearing broad-spectrum SPF each and every day so important.
2. Pollution: According to some studies, traffic-related air pollution may contribute to the appearance of dark spots.
3. Hormones: With hormonal fluctuations—which can occur during pregnancy and menopause—discoloration like melasma can occur.
How to reduce their appearance?
While you can’t control external factors you can take steps to shield your skin from their effects.
- Apply sunscreen
The only way to protect your skin from UV rays is to wear broad-spectrum SPF—even when it’s cloudy. A great option is to chose a light-weight, oil-free sunscreen lotion that has a fluid texture, a matte-finish, and no whitening residue, making it easy to wear daily.
- Use a dark spot corrector
If you want to fade the look of dark spots over time, you’ll want to invest in a dark spot corrector.
- Exfoliate weekly
Using an exfoliating mask weekly can help to further resurface the appearance of skin and fade the look of dark spots and discoloration.
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