Every year as we get closer to summer the freckles sprinkled across my nose and cheeks become really prominent. I personally think “sun kisses” make a complexion adorably cute, but I know skin spots can be incredibly annoying and lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what to do with them.
Our skin is a reflection of health and there are a lot of reasons why it develops spots or hyper-pigmentation (that’s just a fancy term for an area of the skin that’s darker than the rest). Most often they can be faded and prevented, but take note that some prescription meds make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet rays and environmental pollution.
Ok, let’s break down the different types of spots you can get:
Freckles is simply a cute term to refer to an area of the skin where its pigment, melanin, has accumulated during time in the sun. Most commonly found on fair complexions, they tend to fade in the winter and should not be a concern.
Wisdom Spots (much nicer than age spots no?)
Like a freckle, wisdom spots are flat and brown and a little on the larger side. Typically considered to be a natural part of aging, some medical researchers are now questioning whether it’s an indication of cellular waste accumulation.
Irregular, dark patches usually found on the face, especially across the upper lip and forehead. A major cause for this is an imbalance of hormones and elevated estrogen.
The sun also gets unfairly blamed for these spots, but the American Academy of Dermatology has stated birth control pills could be the culprit so you might want to consider ditching it if you’re struggling with this.
Post Skin Trauma Hyper-pigmentation
Darkening of the skin can occur after a zit has gone away or a scab falls off a bug bite or scrap. In my case it’s frustrating at how long it takes to lighten, but some essential oils and patience as the skin regenerates usually does the trick. We have to remember that some things take time – and that’s ok.
So What Can You Do?
Look to nature! Rich in antioxidants and cell regenerative properties, essential oils are super heroes for hyper-pigmented skin. In particular, sandalwood, lavender, and rose (found in Restore Face Oil Potion and Refine Face Exfoliator) are especially effective. Research has also shown that seabuckthorn oil, also found in the Restore Face Oil Potion, lightens hyper-pigmentation. And don’t forget the importance of exfoliating your skin with a gentle scrub.
Keep in mind that if your skin is prone to hyper-pigmentation it's best to avoid all products containing alcohol. As well steer clear of citrus essential oils, like lemon, orange, mandarin, bergamot before going out in the sun because they may make the skin more sensitive.
As a final take-away from all of this I hope that no matter what spot or spots adorn your sweet face that you liberate yourself from feeling scrutinized and simply love what you see in the mirror instead.