The weather’s starting to heat up, but before you grab your bikini and your sunnies and head to the beach, are you perhaps forgetting something? Maybe SPF?
While we all love to soak in the sun’s feel-good rays, (okay fine, and you can’t beat a sexy bronzed glow either!) it’s important to take all the necessary precautions to protect your skin. Too much sun exposure won’t only accelerate aging, it can lead to other frustrating issues such as sunspots.
So before hitting the sand, keep on reading to find out our top natural ways to treat and prevent sunspots.
What are Sunspots?
Before we dive into this article, let’s first clear up what exactly sunspots are. Sunspots are a type of hyperpigmentation that may be up to two shades darker than your natural skin tone. These harmless spots may be flat or raised, and even have the appearance of a wart. They are also more likely to occur in areas that are most often exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, ears, arms and back of the hands.
They are a result of prolonged, unprotected sun exposure, when the body over-produces melanin.
5 Ways To Treat, Prevent And Visibly Remove Sunspots
1. Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure
Since sunspots are caused by too much time in the sun, the most logical first step in preventing them would be to limit your sun exposure. You may think that avoiding the beach or sunbathing sessions poolside will ensure that your skin stays free from sunspots, however just a few minutes of unprotected exposure everyday builds up over time and can cause these pesky spots. Limit sun exposure when possible and be sure sure to cover up with a hat or sunglasses when you are out in the sun.
2. Always Wear Sunscreen
We cannot stress this enough! Don’t ever leave your house without it, even on cloudy days! Apply an SPF of at least 30 or higher to areas that will be exposed to the sun. Choose a titanium sunblock rather than a chemical sunscreen that contains harmful chemicals that could put your health at risk.
3. Rely on Natural Skin Brightening Ingredients
Natural ingredients such as Vitamin C and aloe are excellent for soothing, brightening and rejuvenating sun-damaged skin, as well as promoting the formation of collagen to help ensure your skin stays youthful and plump. Here, at Apple Rose, you’ll find these ingredients along with other powerful antioxidants and nutrients to feed your skin with love and nourishment in our acclaimed Bloom Beautifully Vitamin C Super Serum as well as our Nourish Naturally Moisturizing Treatment.
4. Avoid Tanning Beds Completely
There’s not much to say here, except stay away from tanning beds. They drastically increase your risk of cancer, and no tan is worth putting your health at risk!
5. Try an At-Home DIY Recipe
Of course you can’t go wrong with a DIY recipe, made with all natural ingredients from your kitchen.
Apple Cider and Lemon DIY Toner to Lighten Sunspots
Lemon juice contains citric acid and Vitamin C and apple cider contains alpha hydroxy acids to naturally lighten hyperpigmentation.
Simply combine one tsp of lemon juice and one tsp of apple cider vinegar in a small bowl. Soak a cotton pad in the mixture and apply evenly all over your skin, or just on sunspots if your skin is sensitive. A tingling or burning sensation is normal, however you could add a little water to dilute the mixture if necessary. Use this mixture at night. You can leave it on the skin while you sleep.
We hope these steps help you to be more aware of your skin, and the damage the sun can cause. As long as you follow these tips, you can enjoy a sun-soaked summer all while ensuring your skin stays healthy.