Despite knowing the importance of wearing broad-spectrum SPF each and every day to protect our skin from the damaging and skin aging effects of the sun’s UV rays, nobody’s perfect. Over time many of us may experience dark spots and discoloration on our skin’s surface as a direct result of not adequately protecting our skin. But thankfully there are steps we can take to visibly reduce the appearance of surface-level discoloration. Want a glowing, more even-toned complexion? Keep reading.
What Causes Dark Spots?
Dark spots and discoloration on the skin’s surface occur when melanin—the pigment that gives skin its color—is produced in excess. This can happen for a number of reasons including:
1. UVA and UVB Rays: Sun damage is the primary cause of discoloration—making wearing broad-spectrum SPF each and every day so important.
2. Pollution: According to some studies, traffic-related air pollution may contribute to the appearance of dark spots.
3. Hormones: With hormonal fluctuations—which can occur during pregnancy and menopause—discoloration like melasma can occur.
How To Reduce the Appearance of Dark Spots
While you can’t control external factors you can take steps to shield your skin from their effects.
Apply Sunscreen Liberally and Often:The only way to protect your skin from UV rays is to wear broad-spectrum SPF—even when it’s cloudy. A great option to wear under your makeup each day is Idéal Capital Soleil SPF 50. This light-weight, oil-free sunscreen lotion has a fluid texture, a matte-finish, and no whitening residue, making it easy to wear daily. What’s more it is formulated with antioxidants like white grape polyphenol and vitamin E which can help to neutralize free radical damage—read: pollution!
Use A Dark Spot Corrector:If you want to fade the look of dark spots over time, you’ll want to invest in a dark spot corrector. ProEVEN Daily Dark Spot Corrector can be used daily to help you get brighter looking, more even-toned skin. Formulated with resurfacing LHA, exclusive Ceramide Bright™ technology, and vitamin C, the lightweight corrector helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots caused by various triggers. At night, reach for ProEVEN Night, which works while you snooze to exfoliate your skin’s surface, refining and resurfacing it, leaving you with brighter-looking skin. Use as a nightly serum or as a weekly intensive mask.
Exfoliate Weekly:Speaking of masks, using an exfoliating mask weekly can help to further resurface the appearance of skin and fade the look of dark spots and discoloration. Vichy’s Double Glow Peel Mask works by chemically and physically exfoliating the skin’s surface. The unique face mask is formulated with alpha-hydroxy fruit acids—for chemical exfoliation while it sits on the skin—and volcanic rocks—for physical exfoliation as it’s rinsed away. The double-peel action helps to give your skin a more refined texture and luminous appearance.
Note: After using your exfoliation mask make sure you restore hydration to your skin. A hydrating serum is a great option—we share more about the benefits of these products here!