The sun feels great on the early summer morning when you wake up and sit outside with your coffee for a nice relaxing moment before the work day starts and all the stress begin, But at what cost?
For that little time in the sun, the exposure to ultraviolet rays triggers increases in melanin. This is the pigment that gives color to skin. Excess melanin causing hyperpigmentation which is better known as age spots, brown spots, sun spots, or liver spots. Unfortunately there are many other contributing factors to damaged skin and the discoloration including declining hormones, normal aging, and improper skin care. Although most brown spots are harmless, you should be evaluated by a dermatologist if a spot is very dark, gets bigger quickly, has irregular borders, or is unusually colored.
This is not all doom and gloom the good news is with some extra care and the use of some simple ingredients you can dramatically reduce the appearance of brown spots.
- Exfoliate your skin with a high quality facial scrub to remove pimple causing sebaceous gland oils. Melanin often deposits in locations where black and white heads used to be, a condition known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- See your local aesthetician and get a series of peels suitable for your skin type and condition. Normally you can buy a series of 6 and save tons of money!
- I am not a big fan of hydroquinone for bleaching because the better ingredient is Kojic Acid a powerful bleaching agent in its own right. Other brown spot eliminators are Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid which stimulate the skin to produce new cells more efficiently. As always I love my antioxidants like green tea and aloe vera.
- The biggest and best is my Nutra-Vit Complex which contains Niacinamide, Glucosamine, Vitamin E and Apple Stem Cells. The combination of these ingredients dramatically reduces fine line and wrinkles, controls hyperpigmentation, and oil production.
- Lastly WEAR SUNSCREEN daily to help prevent further sun damage. Sun screens with Vitamin D and E will help control free radicals that contribute to brown spots.