30 Nov What are Sunspots? How Can I Prevent Them?
Sunspots, also known as age spots, are a form of hyperpigmentation that can develop from prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Sunspots can range from tan to dark brown and are more likely to occur on those with light skin and those who have a history of sunburns and intense sun exposure. Typically sunspots are oval and flat, range in size, and can appear on a person’s hands, arms, shoulders, face, as well as any other part of the body that has been exposed to UV rays for an extended period of time. While sunspots are generally harmless, they can have a cosmetic impact on your appearance, especially when they pop up on your face. While laser skin resurfacing is a popular treatment option, it would be a person’s best interest to try their best to prevent sunspots from occurring.
If you are looking to prevent sunspots, you can do a few things to help minimize your risk. Check out these helpful tips that can help you avoid the risk of damage from UV rays.
• Pay special attention to the clothes you wear outside, especially when you will be outdoors for a prolonged period of time. Wearing clothing and accessories that offer a UV protection factor of 40 or higher is best. This is important for the protection of your skin, even on cloudy days.
• Besides the clothes you wear, wearing sunscreen is also important. It doesn’t matter the time of year. If you plan on being outside, wear sunscreen that contains an SPF of 15 or higher. If you don’t like the white look of sunscreen, especially when it is on your face, tinted varieties are available. If you wear makeup, choose one with an SPF rating. Just make sure you apply 15 minutes before going outside, applying on the face and on the other parts of the body that will be exposed to the sun.
• When you check the weather report, in many cases, the UV index is posted. Pay special attention to this, and try to avoid going outside during peak hours. Typically, the sun’s rays are strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you do have to go outside during peak hours or when the UV index is high, make sure you protect your skin and try to stay in the shade as much as possible.
• Nowadays, it seems like almost everyone has a smart device, whether it’s Android or Apple, so use this to your advantage. There are applications available, such as QSun, which can give you personalized recommendations based on your skin type and current weather conditions to protect your skin from sunburns and extended UV exposure. To make your life more simple and to help you remember, this helpful app can help you find out how much sunscreen you should be applying and reminds you when it’s time to reapply your sunscreen.