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Skin discoloration can add years to your visage, even if you have smooth, lineless skin courtesy of at-home skincare and professional intervention such as BOTOX and fillers. With summer in full swing, extra sun exposure can make dark spots worse, despite your most diligent sun protection efforts.
If summer has you seeing spots in the form of freckles, lentigines, melasma or other dark patches, fret not because there are a variety of ways to brighten your overall complexion both at home and in the doctor’s office. Over-the-counter and non-prescription dark spot brighteners may include kojic acid, glycolic acid, retinol, licorice extract, vitamin C, arbutin, mulberry, soy and polyphenols.
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Dark spots, sun spots, age spots, liver spots, freckles, hyperpigmentation, PIH…..
Whatever you call it, skin discolorations can be a major confidence spoiler—and they also make you look older! Here’s why you get those pesky brownish patches on your cheeks, chin, forehead, chest and hands—also called “solar lentigenes” by dermatologists.
Uneven skin tone is a major concern for a large percentage of men and women ages 25-54 according to a February 2013 study conducted by Opinion Research Corporation (online omnibus panel of 1,000 respondents, 18-65). Specifically, 30% of ages 25-34, 33% of ages 35-44, and 31% of ages 45-54 noted their disappointment with skin discoloration.
Now that fall has arrived and our tans have faded, pesky dark spots, dullness and uneven tone are more prominent. The good news is that you can get your skin back on track, as most hyperpigmentation can be erased, whether its with topical over-the-counter potions, cutting-edge laser treatments or professional-strength chemical peels.
“Dark spots and most types of hyperpigmentation are formed from prolonged sun exposure,” says Manhattan Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Alan Matarasso. Usually dark spots fall into these categories: freckles, smaller scattered spots; solar lentigines, also known as age or liver spots, which form on the chest, hands and face from years of UV damage; post-i
Just because summer is winding down, that’s no reason to forget about protecting your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun. Remember, the sun’s rays are just as damaging on a cloudy day in December as they are on a sunny day in August.
That’s why we at Beautyinthebag are so glad to learn of a product like MD Solar Sciences’ Mineral Screen Tinted Gel SPF 30+ ($24). Developed by dermatologist oncologist Dr. Robert J. Friedman to adequately protect your skin, the gel is specially formulated to apply effortlessly and wear like a prestige beauty product.
“If sunscreen went on comfortably, virtually undetectably, and didn’t interfere with moisturizer, makeup or clothing, wouldn’t you wear it every day?” asks Dr. Friedman.