“One must maintain a little bit of Summer, even in the middle of Winter” – Henry David Thoreau.
With an average of 300 days of gorgeous sunshine in our Mile High City its easy for us to get our Summer fix. I mean, let’s face it, 65 degrees after a snow day doesn’t suck!
But, with great sunshine comes great responsibility. It’s no secret that the sun is stronger here than most places in the country and a proper skin care regiment is mandatory for everyone; UV rays don’t discriminate.
One of the most common signs of too much sun exposure is the appearance of sunspots, most commonly on our hands, face, and chest. While sunspots spots are not dangerous, they can be unsightly.
Also called “Solar Lentigines,” sunspots are discolored portions of the skin that develop after prolonged exposure to UV rays. These spots can appear dark or white, and in a variety of shapes and sizes. People of all ages are susceptible to these spots, although those with lighter skin tend to develop them more frequently.
There are a variety of DIY home remedies that can help reduce the appearance of sunspots but for those who are more sensitive about their appearance, there are also a variety of dermatological procedures that can rid the skin of these marks quickly.
MD-health.com lists the following home remedies that reduce/removing dark spots from skin:
Aloe Vera can help the skin grow new cell tissue and repair tissue that has been damaged. Apply this gel to the skin twice a day to help repair sun spots.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Onion Juice
Mixing apple cider vinegar with a chopped onion is a common remedy for bleaching dark spots on the skin. Chop an onion and allow the juice to drain, then collect this juice and mix it with equal parts apple cider vinegar. Let this mixture sit on the skin for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with water.
Fresh garlic can make the skin look more natural while lightening skin tone. You can consume garlic juice or apply a fresh clove to damaged portions of the skin to get these effects.
Olive oil and Castor oil
These oils are known to help fade dark marks such as sunspots on the skin. Mix equal parts of castor and cod liver oils then apply it twice a day to the face.
Fresh tomatoes contain enzymes that help the skin to repair damage. Cut a fresh tomato and rub it on your skin for a few minutes at a time to rid your skin of spots.
Lemon has a great deal of citric acid that has great healing properties. Place lemon juice on sunspots and allow it to sit for 10 minutes, but avoid the sun during this time.
Vitamin E is essential to healing damaged skin. Combine the contents of a vitamin E capsule with honey to create a mask that will help to treat sunspots.
Buttermilk has been used for decades to lighten sunspots but tends to be more effective on those that do not appear on the face. Allow the buttermilk to sit on the spots for several minutes and then gently wash it away.
It is important to wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin from exposure to UV rays that can cause damage. Regular UV exposure will increase the appearance of sunspots and color differentiation in the skin. Sunblock with a minimum SPF 15 content will allow your skin to heal naturally while warding off additional sunspots.
For additional benefits without the inconvenience of sitting around the house with random food products on your face try these Things to Include in Your Diet:
Orange and Tomato
Citrus foods like tomatoes and oranges contain high amounts of vitamin C that your body can use to repair skin cells and other damaged tissues while minimizing the damage from UV exposure. Watermelons, grapes and tomatoes also contain lycopene that can help your skin avoid sunburn.
Green tea is very high in antioxidants that can improve the quality of your skin while minimizing visible aging effects.
Consuming raw greens gives the body high doses of vitamins B and E along with high amounts of fiber that can improve the quality of your skin.
Tuna is full of healthy fatty acids that can help prevent sunspots while allowing the body to repair damage on the skin.
For those who are more sensitive to the appearance of sunspots there are a variety of dermatological services available to reduce/remove these unwanted dark spots.
Zap Laser Center uses the Alexandrite laser, one of the most technologically advanced lasers for removing pigmented lesions. This specialized laser removes these pigments with the energy of light. The light produced by the Alexandrite laser is absorbed by the pigmented lesion and unwanted pigment is then destroyed, thus removing or lightening the lesion.
Wether you are a DIY kind of person or prefer the convenience and peace of mind that comes with professional treatment, there is something for everyone.
Maintain that bit of Summer all year long, but don’t let unsightly sunspots be what you are holding on to.
For general questions or to schedule a consultation to see if Zap Laser Center’s Sunspot Treatment is right for you, give us a call. Our Licensed Esthatitionss or Certified Laser Technicians will be available to determine your specific type of lesion and discuss the removal success rate for your specific condition.