As we officially dive into summer, a few concerns generally pop up, especially for those sun and beach worshippers amongst us. Issues like pigmentation, even-toned complexion, freckles and hyper-pigmentation. Once faced with all these mishaps, the viscous cycle suddenly emerges, after all the TLC we offered our skin during winter, be it retinol use, chemical peels and more, we arrive into summer skin-perfect, only to lose control and get lost in how to protect and maintain our skin right now!
The misconceptions we have carved in our minds such as solely using retinol and AHA’s during winter, are the main reason why we lose track during summer.. Today we will discuss how to deal with your sun-kissed skin throughout summer, while keeping your phobias at bay..
8 Tips To Prevent And Deal With Summer Sun Spots
1 || Sunscreen… More Than You think You Need
Always and forever will be our number one weapon of protection. Keep in mind, it’s not the higher the SPF the better, it’s the reapplication every 90 minutes that really counts. Aim to really empty your sunblock bottle every now and then. Simply put it’s exposing your skin to the sun that will bring out sun spots. So why risk it? Be generous!
2 || Eliminate Sun And Heat Exposure
Sun spots are not only caused by direct sun exposure by the way! Its equally the heat given off from the sun that stimulates melanin production. This results in discoloration on the skin. So no matter how much you apply sunscreen, wear a hat and remain in the shade, being surrounded by extreme heat will definitely develop spots on your skin. I personally remove my sun hat while in extreme warm weather the minute I feel hot and sweaty! Which brings me to the upcoming tip..
3 || Keep Skin As Cool As Possible
Based on the above it’s important to keep the temperature of the skin low. There are a lot of ways to keep your skin cool when it gets overheated..
- Place your sunblock in the ice bucket sitting right next to you..
- Splash skin with ice cold water. Add ice cubes to the water to quickly lower the skin’s internal temperature. Go for a dip in the pool, lake or ocean. This quickly lowers the bodies temperature to reduce heat in the skin.
- Freeze your ice roller overnight and throw it in your beach bag and later in that same ice bucket!
- Keep your post sun skincare products in the refrigerator. Especially your masks. When applied to the skin after cleansing, it will provide a cooling effect.
- When in the sun, put an ice compress or cold washcloth on the back of the neck to keep cool.
4 || Retinol In The Summer? Yes You Can!
You are officially allowed to keep retinol all summer long. If your goal is to prevent summer sun spots, this will be very effective for doing so. Retinol slowly delivers incredible smoothing and resurfacing results while keeping pigment cells under control. When in doubt, opt for a retinol product that doesn’t give the usual harsh side effects.
5 || Acid Peels In The Summer? Yes Again!
Keeping pigmentation at bay can also be achieved by regularly exfoliating the skin using AHA’s. This can be with acids, at-home peels, gentle facial scrubs, derma-planing and sonic cleansing brushes. Just like retinol, don’t worry about the fact that the skin gets slightly more sensitive to those ingredients during summer, as long as you’re not seeking a tan and are diligent about your sun protection habits, it’s business as usual with your acids. If you’re going to be at the beach for a few days, you might not want to exfoliate a night or two before.
6 || Use A Skin Brightener Daily Under Sunscreen
Applying a skin brightener daily to the skin will dramatically help suppress melanin cells to fade and prevent summer sun spots. Vitamin C serum with the ingredient tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate provides brightening benefits especially when applied under your sunscreen. By doing so you will be providing four times the protection of sunscreen alone.
7 || Reach Out For Your Antioxidant Bottle
Summertime sun spots prevention is massively affected by the daily consumption of antioxidants. By incorporating any form of antioxidant you find suitable you are protecting both your body and skin from free radical damage caused by sun exposure and pollution. We love Astaxanthin, L-Glutathione and Heliocare. If you’re not a supplement fan, then consuming a diet rich in beta-carotene like carrots, sweet potatoes, kale, and spinach can increase your internal SPF significantly. Moreover, taking 2,000 mg of vitamin C and 1,000 IU of vitamin E each day will help you tolerate 20 percent more UV exposure before getting sunburned.
8 || You Might Wanna Wear A Sun Hat, Or Not!
In theory, protecting your skin by wearing a hat when outdoors is always a smart idea. However, and as mentioned in tip #2 above, you want to limit your exposure to both heat and sun. A hat will provide shading for the face but there are times when it can make your face get hotter. Remember, heat as well is an enemy to your skin.. Your decision must be based on the fact of whether your hat makes you feel cooler or hotter..