Face sunscreen: Your shield against hyperpigmentation and dark sun spots

Face sunscreen: Your shield against hyperpigmentation and dark sun spots

Yes, you should be wearing SPF every day: A guide to How, Where and When to use it.

Why SPF is essential

All experts concur on the vital necessity of wearing SPF daily, regardless of the weather, to shield the skin from UVA and UVB rays.

This practice not only minimises the risk of skin cancer but also slows down the ageing process.

Sun exposure is the primary culprit behind hyperpigmentation too, leading to unsightly dark sun spots and an uneven complexion.

Brightening Hero treatment is your partner in this endeavour, targeting visible skin discolouration for a brighter and more even appearance.

Used in conjunction with daily SPF, Brightening Hero ensures you're not only treating existing problems but warding off future ones.

When to apply: Making SPF part of your daily routine

Let's address the most vital question first: Should you wear SPF even on cloudy days or in the winter?

The answer, without a doubt, is yes.

Think of sunscreen as an additional barrier, not your sole protection from the sun.

Other essential layers of defence include clothing, hats, sunglasses, and — crucially — sensible behaviour.

Don't intentionally expose yourself to the sun for extended periods, particularly not in the middle of the day when the sun is at its strongest.

Apply it 15 minutes before stepping out, every day, to allow it to fully sink into the skin.

How to apply SPF: Guidance for Effective Protection

Are you applying your SPF correctly? According to many dermatologists, we often fall short in terms of proper application.

Most people fail to apply the proper amount of product, thus not receiving the SPF protection specified on the bottle.

Want to know how much sunscreen to put on your face? Try the two-finger method! Just squeeze the product into two separate lines on your index and middle finger. It's as easy as that!

If you’re wearing a higher factor, it doesn’t mean you should reduce the amount you’re applying – stick to the same technique.

Another common mistake is missing key areas, such as the hairline, eyelids and ears.

Reapplication: Keeping your skin safe throughout the day

Sunscreen must be reapplied every two hours or straight away after swimming, sweating, or towel drying.

Regularity is key. I understand it's not always that simple, especially if you wear makeup every day.

The easiest way to master reapplying sunscreen is to grab a spray sunscreen, a sunscreen stick, or an SPF brush-on powder. It's a game-changer!

Choosing the right SPF: Finding your perfect match

Always ensure that you choose a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and protection that is broad-spectrum.

If you suffer from dry skin a moisturising sunscreen in the form of a cream can be a great asset, allowing you to apply it over your regular moisturiser. Sunscreens that are enriched with hydrating ingredients like ceramides, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid would be ideal.

If your skin is oily, consider searching for sunscreens in water-based or gel formulations that offer a matte finish. Ingredients like green tea, tea tree oil, or niacinamide in your sunscreen could also assist in regulating oil production.

If your skin is sensitive, there are certain ingredients you should steer clear of when looking for sunscreen.

Ingredients such as alcohol, fragrances, oxybenzone, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), salicylates, and cinnamates could provoke a reaction, so it's best to avoid them.

Opting for a mineral sunscreen containing zinc oxide and titanium dioxide is likely your best option, as it's less prone to causing an adverse reaction.

Treating sunspots: Brightening Hero correcting gel to the rescue

Consistency and the right products are vital for treating sunspots. Brightening Hero correcting gel, coupled with the daily use of SPF, can make a significant difference in your skin's appearance.

Brightening Hero is more than a product; it's a solution for hyperpigmentation, dark spots, sunspots, melasma, and brown patches. By incorporating it into your daily skincare routine and adhering to these guidelines for sun protection, you can achieve the radiant and even-toned skin you've always desired.

The Takeaway

Think of daily sunscreen application as a long-term investment in your skin, particularly when you choose a sunscreen that's tailored to your skin type. While you may not see immediate results as you might with a serum or exfoliating products, the benefits are likely to become evident a decade down the line.