Here Are The Most Common Sunscreen Mistakes You’re Making

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If there is anything you’ve learned from us about skincare, we hope it’s that SPF is one of the most important parts of your routine and the best preventative measure when it comes to wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin.

Using sunscreen can make a big difference in the health of your skin but most American’s are actually making some huge mistakes when it comes to sun protection. We’ve rounded up the most common sun care mistakes and provide easy solutions on how to fix them!

You’re Using 2-in-1 Protection

sunscreen, sun care, sun protection, spf, uv rays, skincareDoes the idea of one step for skin health and sun protection sound too good to be true? Chances are, it is. In recent years, it’s become common for brands to include SPF in their makeup and skincare products however this is a very dangerous practice because mixing SPF with other chemicals can actually make it way less effective.

Any proper chemist knows that it’s not a great idea to mix anti-aging ingredients with SPF because it will hurt the effectiveness of all ingredients, not just the ones protecting you from the sun. That’s why we chose to formulate our Repair & Release Cream without SPF, so you can apply and re-layer your sun protection without worrying about if it’s working properly.

You’re Not Re-Applying

sunscreen, sun care, sun protection, spf, uv rays, skincareDid you know that even the strongest sunscreen only works for a few hours? That means that if you’re not re-applying your SPF at least every 2-3 hours throughout the day, your skin is still at major risk of sun damage.

To keep applying sunscreen top of mind, keep a small bottle in your car, on your desk, and in your purse, making it easy to re-apply on the go and keep skin safe. One application of SPF a day, especially if you are outside, will have little or no benefit to your skin.

You’re Not Washing Old Sunscreen Off

sunscreen, sun care, sun protection, spf, uv rays, skincareYou also don’t want to compromise the health of your skin by clogging up pores and sleeping with leftover sunscreen on your face. Washing off your sunscreen from the day with your Olive Oil Cleanser will make sure you’ve removed all the dirt and product from your face, but will also battle any free radicals that made their way to your skin.

If you’re sleeping in your sun care products, you can expect dull, flakey skin, breakouts, clogged pores, and excess oil production. All these bad side effects are easily avoided with a quick cleansing routine and can make a work of difference in your journey to younger looking skin.

What Is Causing Your Sunspots And How To Stop Them From Appearing

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You can call them dark spots, freckles or age spots but no matter what name you attach to them, there is no denying that sun is powerful enough to penetrate your skin and leave you with darker, discolored patches of skin.

The severity of your dark spots can depend on a few things, your age, how often you have been in the sun unprotected, and even your skin tone can play a role but no matter what the cause is, there is a solution to reduce the visibility of sunspots and protect yourself from developing more of them.

What Are Sunspots?

sunspots, sun damage, skincareSunspots can come in all shapes and sizes, While some may look small like freckles, others can be larger and they mostly appear on your face, neck, and hands. No matter their size, they are all forms of sun damage and almost everyone will experience them at some point in their life.

While age spots are common and can be completely normal, it’s important to keep an eye on them. If you notice age spots, you need to make sure that you don’t actually have a serious skin issue. This is especially the case if the spots are very dark or have recently changed their appearance in which case, you should visit your dermatologist.

Tip: You can avoid sunspots by adding a layer of SPF 30 over your Repair & Release Cream daily. 

What Causes Them?

sun damage, sunspots, skincareSunspots can be caused by a number of things but the most common is exposure to UV rays. When the UV hits your skin, it causes darker pigmentation which is why most people notice their sun spots in summer months when the sun is strongest and they are outside the longest.

Even if you’re slathering yourself with SPF daily, the sunspots you see can actually be from damage that occurred years ago. Unlike freckles specifically which tend to show up directly after sun exposure, some age spots can take years to form on your face or may not be visible with natural lighting (like the image above). Those kinds of sunspots are often the hardest to get rid of.

How To Prevent and Treat Them

sunspots, sun damage, skincareThe easiest way to prevent sunspots is to limit your skins’ exposure to the sun. This can mean applying (and re-applying) sunscreen throughout the day. We recommend minimum protection of SPF 30 for your face and most face sunscreens are perfectly safe and effective when used on your neck, chest, and hands as well. A large sun hat goes a long way as well for sun spots on your face and neck.

To treat sunspots that have already appeared on your skin, you want to make sure you’re using products like our Repair & Release Cream that include ingredients like Aloe Vera and Vitamin C which are proven to not only sooth and lighten the spots exposed to the sun, but also help limit the amount of melanin that develops, which is the pigment that makes skin darker.

 

What do you do to limit the appearance of sunspots? Let us know in the comments below!