Dark Spots

Dark spots, uneven skin tone, melasma, chloasma, hyper pigmentation- whatever you want to call it, no one wants it on their face. Some spots like freckles may be easy to live with, but beyond those little spots- we want to get rid of them. How?

Dark patches on your face can be hard to get rid of. They especially grow and get worse with excessive sun exposure. That’s why it’s extremely important to use a sunscreen even indoors if you have the sun come in through a window. It’s also important to keep sunscreen on daily because it also blocks most of the suns harmful UVA & B rays which can lead to skin melanoma (cancer) and can cause fine lines and wrinkles too. 

No matter what your skin tone is, it’s important to wear at least a SPF (sun protection factor) sunscreen and reapply several time a day when exposed to the sun. There are so  many types of sunscreens now available, that there is one that should be suitable to most. There are two types of sunscreens: a barrier one and a chemical one. The barrier one is the one that is a physical barrier between the sun and your skin which will contain ingredients like zinc which is usually white in color or titanium dioxide. These minerals reflect the sun away from the skin before it can penetrate into it. Then there’s the chemical one which absorbs the harmful UV rays. These are actually absorbed into the skin.

I am grateful for the technology we have today because as a sensitive and dark skinned gal, I have had to endure to thicker, whiter sunscreens that broke my skin out. I stopped using sunscreen for awhile and my dark patches grew larger! Now there are a lot of sun care products on the market that should be able to suit the majority of us. I prefer a chemical sunscreen since I try to avoid the chalkiness, but there are some lighter, thinner versions available that leave no residue. We now not only have creams and lotions, but we also have sprays which I love. Some are oil based and are excellent for dry skin and some are geared to not be oily. There are also specific target area sunscreens such as for faces, babies, sports, and water resistant as well. 

One thing you must do is reapply frequently. The lower the SPF, the more you must reapply because they can wear off, sweat off, or get washed off. 

For the best of both worlds, try a broad-spectrum sunscreen. They are both physical and chemical in formula and protect skin from the UVA & UVB rays. Apply liberally and often and purchase yearly. Don’t leave the sunscreen in a hot place as it may reduce its effectiveness.