Summer is one of the busiest seasons of the year and, with it, comes the potential for terrible sun spots. Sun spots are also known as “age spots” and “liver spots.” They are those small, brown spots that you often see on a person’s face, neck, or arms. It is easy to get sun spots in the aforementioned locations because these areas are more likely to be exposed to the sun and its ultraviolet rays. Although they’re not cancerous, they are unsightly. That’s why we’re providing tips on sun spot prevention in our blog.
Sun Spot Prevention Recommendations
Too often will people venture outside and conduct outdoor activities without applying a protective barrier to their skin. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are powerful and can start affecting your skin within minutes, especially if your skin is not covered by clothes. Sunblock is a good cream to use because it reflects the sun’s UV rays away from your skin, preventing the rays from seeping into your skin and causing photodamage.
Keep in mind that you’ll need to wait approximately 20-30 minutes after applying Sunblock before going outside.
Wear SPF-Infused Cosmetics
If you’re a person who wears makeup, then it is a good idea to purchase cosmetics that have sun protection factor (SPF) ingredients. The SPF should be 30 at minimum, but many cosmetics have an SPF of 50 or higher, which is more recommended to prevent photodamage. Today, you can usually find SPF ingredients in your foundation, concealer, and blushes.
Avoid Peak Hours
The sun is its hottest during certain hours of the day. These hours are when your skin is most vulnerable to sun spots and other skin discoloration. Therefore, you can prevent sun spots by staying home or only participating in indoor activities during peak hours. The sun peaks from 11 am to 4 pm, according to some findings, and from 12 pm to 3 pm according to others. If you must go outside during these hours, then you should cover up with lightweight long sleeves and breathable pants, sun protection cream, or a sunhat.
Aventura, FL, Skincare Specialist
The health and wellness of your skin is important. You are probably less confident when your skin is dry or has age spots–both of which are caused by sun damage. Following our sun spot prevention tips will help you avoid photodamage, but there’s more to it. Dr. Bertha Baum of Aventura Dermatology can also help if you already have sun spots or need more information. Contact her at 754-544-9030.