There’s nothing quite like looking in the mirror—or down at your hands—to discover spots and freckles you could swear weren’t there yesterday. Even though most of us have using protection and did not expose ourselves that much to sun, we lacked to understand the fact the sun protection is to be used not only when going to the beach, but in all times when we are exposed to the sun.
This also means wearing sun protection in spring, autumn and winter. Even if we go out for a walk, or just have a task to do, whenever we go out you are still exposed to the sun.
Sun spots or solar lentigines are benign pigmented spots typically caused by ultraviolet radiation from the sun. UV rays cause our pigment-producing skin cells to increase melanin production, resulting in those pesky brown spots.
They usually appear as flat brown spots on the areas of skin that are exposed to the sun most—face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and back—but can also appear as seborrheic keratosis, which are raised, wart-like skin growths.
It’s crucial to prevent sun damage not only for aesthetic purposes, but to stay protected against skin cancer, says New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Ariel Ostad, MD, who recommends amping up your sun safety habits—like frequently applying broad spectrum sunscreen, staying out of the sun during its most powerful hours (12 p.m. to 5 p.m.), and covering your body with clothing and hats, as able.
As for the age spots that have already turned up on your skin? Continue to use sunscreen that has broad-spectrum protection of SPF 30 or higher and start learning more about chemical peals or Intense pulsed light (IPL). Most people require upwards of four treatments for optimal effect