How to Keep Dark Spots Away While You Play:  Your Pre-Season Checklist!

Temperatures are climbing and that means we are all going to be getting outside and enjoying our favorite outdoor activities. 

Last week end, while bombing down a single track on my mountain bike and then doing a little light gardening, I began formulating my plan for keeping dark spots on my cheeks and arms to a minimum.  A tricky endeavor at age 54! 

Here are my tips for keeping those dark spots to a minimum:

Broad Spectrum Sunscreen

Dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, is the result of inflammation. Protecting your skin with a broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks harmful UVA and UVB rays is crucial. The best sunscreens are physical, meaning they block and reflect UV rays away from skin rather than absorbing and neutralizing them with chemicals, which can have other harmful effects. Look for zinc at the top of the ingredient list.

Natural Sunscreen Collection

Wide-brimmed Hats and Cotton Shirts

Hats look great and keep sun off your skin. Collect a variety of fun hats for all your favorite outdoor activities. Always carry a lightweight cotton blouse to cover up. This is the key to keeping the shoulder and arms protected.

Pigment inhibitors and Brighteners

In addition to sunscreen, a consistent topical regimen targeting hyperactive melanocytes (pigment cells) can help fade existing spots and prevent further discoloration. Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower extract, Mandelic Acid, and Kojic acid suppress melanin production and brighten the skin. Now is the time to incorporate them into your daily care.

Skin Brightening Cleanser

Rhonda Allison Skin Brightening Cleanser

Normal to Oily Skin Types

Brightening Pigment Lotion

Rhonda Allison Brightening Pigment Lotion

All Skin Types

Brightening Cleanser

Le Mieux Brightening Cleanser

All Skin Types

Brightening Toner

Le Mieux Brightening Toner

Normal to Oily Skin Types

Antioxidants

Melanocytes are triggered as a protective response to harmful free radicals released by UV radiation. Antioxidants are free radical scavengers. Load up on these natural warriors, both internally and topically, to give your skin a powerful photo-protective boost. Think of using these serums in addition or instead of your daily moisturizer, under your sun screen. My favorite combination is Rhonda Allison Antioxidant Complex followed by Le Mieux Vita C Serum topped off with J. LeClerc Skin Perfection.

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin

Internal Sunscreen - provides potent antioxidant protection that provides daily sun protection.

Lelexo C & E Factor 

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Le Mieux Vita C Serum

Le Mieux Vita C Serum

Normal to Dry and Sensitive Skin Types

Rhonda Allison Antioxidant Serum

Rhonda Allison Antioxidant Complex

All Skin Types - Combo Skin Types Love This Serum

Manual (nonacid) Exfoliation

A tried and true method of attacking excess pigmentation is increasing exfoliation. A gentle scrub or microdermabrasion treatment removes dead skin cells and stimulates healthy cell renewal, essentially forcing dark spots to rise to the surface to be shed away. Consider adding a scrub such as Rhonda Allison Brightening Scrub to your morning cleansing routine. I mix the scrub with my cleanser for a gentle approach.

No Peels, Strong Acids or Lasers

Heat causes inflammation and inflammation triggers melanin production, so rather than helping the situation, lasers and strong acids often lead to more pigmentation.

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