There are many different skin care concerns you may deal with as you get older—and dark spots are one of them. But what exactly causes these spots to show up on your complexion? According to the American Academy of Deramtology (AAD), the main cause of dark spots is sun damage. Which is one reason why wearing a broad spectrum-sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher (and taking other sun protection measures) is important year-round. Of course, sun protection is likely top of mind for you in the summer. So, without further ado, here are summer skin care tips for those with dark spots, including how to use a dark spot corrector.
Dark Spot Tip #1: Make Sun Protection a Priority
Like we said earlier, sun protection should play a key role in your skin care routine when you have dark spots—and really, that goes for everyone, whether or not you have dark spots. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. There are a few sun protection measures the FDA recommends, including wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, reapplying at least every two hours and immediately after swimming or sweating, limiting your amount of time in the sun (especially during peak hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and covering up exposed areas in long-sleeved pants, shirts, UV-blocking sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30.
Dark Spot Tip #2: Use a Serum Morning and Night
If you have dark spots, consider adding a dark spot corrector serum formulated to address this concern to your skin care routine. The L’Oréal Paris Youth Code™ Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector can help make skin look more luminous immediately as well as diminish the look of dark spots with continued use over time. This luxurious, fast-absorbing, light-infusing serum gives skin an instantly luminous appearance. After cleansing, smooth it over your face, then follow up with moisturizer and broad-spectrum sunscreen.
Dark Spot Tip #3: Exfoliate Weekly
Beyond wrinkles, dull, uneven tone can make skin look older. That’s where exfoliation comes in! Exfoliation is the process of sloughing dead skin cell buildup from the surface of the skin. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser is formulated with glycolic acid and gentle micro-pearls to help exfoliate away dullness and impurities to improve the look of your skin tone with continued use over time. Lather the scrub cleanser into wet hands, gently massaging it onto your skin in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
Keep in mind that alpha hydroxy acids (like glycolic acid) can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so, as we keep reminding you, be sure to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen in the morning! And take those other sun protection measures we told you about as well.
Now, as far as how often you should exfoliate, it depends. Some people can handle daily exfoliation, while others may only be able to do so once or twice a week. Pay attention to how your skin responds to determine what works best for you.
Dark Spot Tip #4: Cover Up with Concealer
If you don’t want the world to see your dark spots, disguise them with the help of makeup. Start by applying the peach color correcting concealer from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit, as peach can help counteract the look of dark spots. Use it sparingly over your spots, blending in with the included applicator. Then, follow up with a flesh-toned concealer from the L’Oréal Paris Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit, using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender to apply your shade of choice. Finally, reach for a full coverage foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation, and apply it with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. Just because you have dark spots doesn’t mean anyone has to know!