Fun in the sun is easier said than done for those who are prone to hyperpigmentation or sun spots. These dark marks tend to become more visible during the summer months and can prove to be difficult to prevent or fade. Bio-scriptives has some tips that’ll help keep your skin tone even while having fun this summer:
Limit Sun and Heat Exposure
Everyone knows who the big bad wolf is in the fight against hyperpigmentation: the sun. While joining in on summer activities is sure to be on your To Do list, make sure to include frequent breaks and minimizing time outdoors during dangerous hours between 10 AM to 4 PM. Sometimes it’s not just the sun exposure that causes melanin stimulation that results in dark spots—it’s the heat! To discourage pigments from forming as much as possible, limit your exposure to both the sun and hot temperatures.
Lather On That Sunscreen!
Sunscreen should be your best friend this summer. Not only does it prevent sun spots from forming, it also helps fight against skin cancer. Many people make the mistake of thinking that high SPF products applied once a day is enough. The key is in repeated and generous application after every few hours to make sure you’re constantly protected.
Don’t skimp on quality products because you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to skin protection. Try out different sunscreens until you find one that feels right for you and comes in a form that you’re comfortable using repeatedly during the day. Whether it’s as a foam, spray, gel, or lotion, what matters is constant reapplication.
Maintain A Healthy Diet Rich With Vitamins
What’s inside your body matters as much as what you apply on it! The diet you maintain and the vitamins you apply can help your body protect itself from the harsh rays of the sun as well.
Several studies have found that serums or creams with vitamins E and C provide 4 times the protection when you wear it under your sunscreen. Another study has found that when you take 2,000mg of Vitamin C and 1,000 IU of Vitamin E daily for around a week, your body will be able to tolerate up to 20% more sun exposure before your skin becomes sunburned.
Eating food that’s rich in beta-carotene like kale, carrots, spinach and yams (24mg to 180mg a day for at least 2 and a half months) increases your internal SPF as well!