When it comes to your skin, it’s probably safe to say that you’re not a fan of dark spots. As such, you might be wondering how to get rid of dark spots on your face or anywhere on your skin. There is a silver lining: By maintaining a consistent skin care routine including a dark spot corrector, exfoliating face mask, and skin care products formulated with ingredients like acids such as AHA, BHA, PHA, or those that can influence tyrosinase activity, such as Vitamin C and β-white™ can also work well in treating dark spots.
you can help minimize the appearance of dark spots over time. And of course, you can always conceal dark spots with makeup.
WHAT ARE DARK SPOTS?
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), dark spots are a type of discoloration that can appear on the surface of skin, usually as the result of years of sun damage. Per to the AAD, those with darker skin tones are more prone to seeing dark spots appear—however, dark spots can occur on any skin tone.
WHAT CAUSES DARK SPOTS?
The AAD notes that the main cause of dark spots is sun damage. Here’s what’s going on: When you spend prolonged amounts of time in the sun without protection (ahem, like broad-spectrum SPF), this can lead to damage, which can show up as visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles or dark spots down the road.
The AAD also names acne as a cause of dark spots. Without treatment, breakouts can lead to dark spots appearing as the acne clears. Either way, whether you have acne dark spots or sun spots, how you minimize their appearance will largely be the same—but more on that later.
HOW CAN YOU HELP REDUCE YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING DARK SPOTS?
Now that you know what can cause dark spots, you can create a consistent skin care routine to help address them. Since you can’t get rid of dark spots completely once they appear, a strong offense—intended to help prevent their appearance in the first place—is a good idea. The most important thing you can do? Protect your skin—and that means taking sun protection measures every day!
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Taking daily sun protection measures should be at the top of your skin care agenda—and that goes for everyone, not just those with dark spots. Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, since this can help protect against the sun’s two types of rays: UVA and UVB. You know how we told you that spending time in the sun without taking the proper protection measures can lead to damage down the road? That’s why it makes sense that wearing a sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF can help to protect against future damage.
Applying SPF once in the morning on your way out the door isn’t enough. The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) recommends reapplying every two hours. As far as how much SPF you should use, the FDA says that the average person needs at least an ounce of sunscreen—aka about how much it would take to fill a shot glass.
Take other sun protection measures.
Sunscreen isn’t always enough; you should be taking other sun protection measures as well. Limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during peak hours, which are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, a broad-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
Be careful with breakouts.
As for acne dark spots, your best bet for preventing them is to treat your skin and avoid picking at pimples.
Visit a dermatologist.
Like we said, forgoing acne treatment can lead to dark spots down the line. For that reason, if you’re dealing with acne-prone skin, it could be helpful to visit your derm and get advice tailored to your skin.
Treating Dark Spots
To treat, make sure to use skin brightening products after cleansing and toning, but before your other skincare products.
For the most effective treatment, apply at the first sign of a dark spot. Ensure to continue your brightening treatment until the spot has faded completely.
For ultimate dark spot prevention, use products containing ingredients that can increase cell turnover.
Acids such as AHA, BHA, PHA, or those that can influence tyrosinase activity, such as Vitamin C and snowperk’s unique ingredient β-white™ can also work well in treating dark spots.
Treat dark spots with Skin Brightening Booster from snowperk®
Here is a product that is great at incorporating natural, skin lightening ingredients – the Skin Brightening Booster.
This face serum contains:
- Rosality™ – revolutionary rose extract, which contains all of the scented molecules of fresh Damask rose petals, coming from both essential oil and floral water, provides a relaxed and refreshed look.
- Saccharide Isomerate – balances your skin’s natural eco-system, strengthens skin barrier, and improves long term hydration.
- β-white™ is a powerful active which provides fast and effective treatment of dark spots. β-white™ contains an encapsulated peptide– Oligopeptide-68 which is an advanced peptide in phospholipid capsule that can penetrate into the deep layers of the skin for more effective dark spot treatment.
Customers who tried this booster found that it:
- Left them with smooth and supple skin
- Increased their skins overall hydration
- Balanced their natural oils better
- Made their skin more radiant and bright
You can also find this booster in the snowperk Glow up set which also has the popular Skin Brightening Booster with Damask Rose Extract – perfect for those with Sensitive Skin Types who are looking for a natural, more milder alternative to treat their under-eye dark cycle.
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