Prevent Age Spots from Popping Up

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As we get older we may notice age spots start to form on our skin, and they typically make an appearance on the face, hands, arms, décolleté, and other areas that have had the most exposure to the sun over the years. Those who have had substantial exposure to the sun are most at risk for seeing age spots on their skin. If you’re not thrilled with the idea of age spots popping up on your skin, the following are ideas for how you can help prevent them.

Go Easy with Sun Exposure
We get that when the weather is gorgeous it can be tempting to just stay outside all day, but that’s not going to do you any favors in terms of age spots. It’s best to avoid being outdoors between 10am and 4pm when UV rays are at their strongest, and if you do have to be outside, do what you can to stay in the shade.

See a Dermatologist
Everyone has different skin, different everyday habits, all of which can have an effect on the skin’s condition, including when it comes to age spots. It’s for this reason that it can be beneficial to see a dermatologist so you can get advice that’s tailored specifically to you and your lifestyle regarding how to better protect your skin from sun damage.

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Protect Your Head
One area of the body that many inadvertently skip when it comes to sun protection is the head, but sun damage can happen there as well so it’s an area you want to make an effort to protect. This includes putting sunscreen on your scalp, wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and being careful when you have a sunroof in your car (or you have the top down entirely) while you’re driving.

Apply Sunscreen
Speaking of sunscreen, it’s one of the most essential ways of protecting your skin from the sun and—in turn—helping to prevent age spots from popping up. In addition to applying enough of it evenly to your skin on a daily basis, you’ll also want to make sure that you reapply it every two hours (or after you’ve been sweating or swimming) and that you put it on before you leave the house as opposed to applying it when you get to your destination.

Check Your Products
It’s not going to do your skin much good if you’re using expired products. For example, sunscreen typically has an expiration date on the package, but if it doesn’t, know that it has a max shelf life of 3-years. Also, if you’re using makeup that contains SPF, those, too, have an expiration date. Make sure that you take note of all product expiration dates, but if the products don’t have them, write on the packages when you purchased them so you’ll at least have some idea as far as a time frame to work with.

Ultimately, age spots are usually harmless, and while they may not seem like a big deal to you at this time, there’s no saying that the feeling won’t change as you get older and you see them start popping up on your skin. Take preventative measures now and you’re less likely to see a substantial amount of age spots in the coming years.

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