By Megan Schwarz.
Seed to Serum
After the long winter we had, I can’t help but bask in the sun’s warm rays. It feels unbelievable. I’m sure everyone out there is feeling the same way. But come fall, you may find some unwelcome reminders of all that fun in the sun in the form of evil, unsightly sun spots. Blech. But have no fear, I have some tips for dealing with those little devils.
Protect. Rather than fight sun spots, why not prevent them all together?! How can we do that? I’m sure you already know the answer: our dear friend sunscreen. Choose physical sunscreens, like zinc oxide, over chemical sunscreens where you can. If nothing else, at least avoid oxybenzone, which has been linked to hormone disruption. (If you are in the market for ultra-light with a spectacular tint and don’t mind a few not-so-perfect ingredients, check out Elta MD UV Physical. It’s a personal favorite and scores a respectable 2 on EWG.)
Seek Vitamin C. So you applied sunscreen and still wound up with a few dark spots. No worries. Vitamin C to the rescue. This powerful antioxidant does a remarkable job at lightening the complexion. You will see a serious boost in clarity and brightness if you incorporate this little gem into your beauty routine. A few of favorites include Odacite An Autumn on the World, Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Facial Serum, and Kypris 1,000 Roses Beauty Elixir. Each is gorgeously hydrating and gets skin glowing like you wouldn’t believe! I prefer to apply them in the morning before my moisturizer and sunscreen, but they work equally as beautifully at night. Another great option is a Vitamin C-filled mask like Laurel Whole Plant Organics Brighten Mask. It is loaded with Vitamin C in the form of camu camu, acerola berry, and rosehips. Never underestimate the power of a good mask!
And of course, exfoliate! I hate to sound like a broken record, but exfoliation boosts cell turnover, which helps to rapidly fade spots. Looking for something a little less aggressive? Check out The Little Alchemist Wild Apple & Mint Purifying Gel Cleanser. It contains apple extracts and a blend of gentle acids to perk up the complexion!
Whatever you do, avoid hydroquinone at all costs. It’s banned in a number of countries and downright toxic. Just say no!