Lemon juice, castor oil and aloe vera are excellent natural sunscreen remedies. Here’s how to use them
Sunspots: what they are and where they appear
When the skin is exposed to the sun there is an increase in the production of melanocytes, cells that darken the skin by increasing the amount of melanin. It can happen that this hyper-production of melanin causes spots, which generally occur in the most exposed areas such as the face, back, neck, chest, shoulders and hands, which have as main causes sun exposure , aging and genetic factors.
Stress, pregnancy and vitamin deficiencies can also contribute to this problem. There are specific products to lighten sunspots, but you can also try some simple treatments and natural remedies to prevent them.
Lemon juice against sunspots
Lemon juice has bleaching properties that can help eliminate dark spots, it also helps keep the skin soft, clean and beautiful.
Just apply a little fresh lemon juice directly on the affected area and let it rest for 30 minutes before rinsing it with cold water. To begin to notice positive results it is necessary to repeat this treatment twice a day for about two months. In case of sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with rose or honey water.
Another option is to mix a good amount of sugar with lemon juice until it reaches the consistency of a paste and use it to make a scrub, especially insisting on sunspots; rinse after 5-10 minutes. To this treatment, which must be repeated several times during the week, it is possible to add a little olive oil.
Castor oil to fade dark spots
Castor oil has many healing properties and can also be used effectively to get rid of dark spots. In addition to castor oil, you can use vitamin E oil, coconut oil, olive oil or almond oil. Use a cotton pad to apply castor oil to the affected area and gently massage for a few minutes; leave on for a few hours and then rinse. To fade sunspots and make the complexion uniform, repeat the procedure twice a day, in the morning and in the evening.
Aloe vera gel for sunspots
Aloe vera has healing properties and helps skin regeneration, so it is also excellent for getting rid of dark spots, especially when they are caused by exposure to the sun.
Rub the stains gently with a little fresh aloe vera gel and let it rest for about 30 minutes before washing the area with cold water. Repeating this procedure twice a day within a month should be noted with the first improvements. If you don’t have fresh aloe vera gel available, you can use aloe vera juice.
The newest solar products for Summer 2019
However, the best remedy against sun spots is always to prevent them with cosmetics and sun products with SPF that are suitable for your skin type. If you do not like creams, often too heavy under the hot summer sun, the ideal is a fresh and non-greasy spray but able to protect both from UVB rays and from UVA such as the Dermolab body sun spray.
If, on the other hand, you prefer fluid consistencies, the new solar milk from Leocrema, in addition to protecting you from the damage of photo-aging thanks to the SPF 10, 20, 30 and 50 sunscreens and to the moisturizing and nourishing argan oil, are enriched with thalitan, a principle active that stimulates, increases and accelerates the tan to guarantee a golden and uniform color without giving up the necessary protection.
Specifically designed for the face is Soin Protecteur Visage SPF 50+ by Maria Galland Paris, an anti-aging sun treatment designed specifically for sensitive and very sensitive skin that, thanks to its texture that allows it to blend perfectly with the skin, is suitable not only for the beach but also for sport and leisure.
For those who love oils, but not heavy or sticky textures, ISDIN has thought of in the formulation of its new Fotoprotector Hydro Oil, a biphasic product with SPF 30 that not only protects the skin, but also helps the tan until 43% thanks to Pro-Melanin Technology. Light and easy to apply, it is suitable for all skin types, even the most sensitive and atopic tendencies.
To protect the most delicate parts of the face such as around the eyes, lips and nose, or particularly delicate areas such as tattoos and scars, opt for a stick with SPF 50+ like the one proposed by Biopoint. In addition to being formulated without parabens, alcohol, mineral oils and dyes, it uses the innovative DNA Defense technology to protect cellular DNA from damage caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight.
And after best protecting your skin to avoid sunspots, don’t forget your hair! Even if they are not subject to sunburn, they also “suffer” long exposures to the sun, salt and wind. To avoid finding yourself with an indomitable hair, Bilboa has developed the Hair Oil in the Sun, a multi-purpose spray oil that untangles and illuminates the hair protecting it from UV rays, sand and chlorine while fighting frizz with the monoi oil while nourishing the stems thanks to the properties of that of argan.