Before I talk about a delicate topic such as Sunspots/Hyperpigmentation, it's important that I outline our stance on Aging here at Thread + Seed:
- We wholeheartedly believe that aging is a normal and natural process. We believe beauty starts from the inside out, and that happiness, balance and lust for life are what truly keep us young.
- We don't believe in the phrase "anti-aging" as guidance for a skincare regime.
- Rather, at Thread + Seed we believe in Aging Gracefully.
- The way we see it, if we can aide our skin's natural processes that help keep our skin healthy and regenerative, we can Age Gracefully. The added benefit is that our skin will show less signs of aging, but we will continue to look healthy, natural, and glowing--the true signs of youth.
So regardless of how many sunspots or wrinkles we have, or how old we are, skin that is truly healthy will always look the best.
What are Sunspots?
- Also known as Solar Lentigines, sunspots they are darker spots that appear on areas of skin that are subject to repeated sun exposure.
- Because of this, they appear most commonly on hands, face, and neck.
- When we are young, these sunspots do not appear because our skin regenerates quickly, and we have a normal amount of healthy oil production that helps to prevent the discoloration, but as we age, some of these natural processes slow down, and some of these healthy skin-produced oils diminish.
- NOTE: Sunspots are harmless! They do not mean you are unhealthy in any way. In fact, at Thread + Seed we believe a few sunspots and hyper-pigmentation add character to the skin and show a life well lived. Of course, if you see any spot that looks funky, grows really quickly, or is in any way a little off to you, it may not be a sunspot, so definitely bring it to the attention of your dermatologist.
How to Reduce & Prevent Sunspots: 3 Steps
1. Prevention - Sunscreen
- Blocking the UVA & UVB rays from the sun that are the root cause of sunspots (hence the name!) is your first and best line of defense.
- We love EiR's line of natural Zinc sunscreens that moisturize, protect the skin, and have the added benefit of antioxidants to help skin bounce back from sun exposure.
2. Boost Cell Regeneration with Enzyme Exfoliation
- Sunspots are often seen as a sign that your skin's natural regenerative processes are slowing down. We can naturally help to speed it back up by aiding our skin's natural shedding and renewal process.
- Indie Lee's Brightening Cleanser utlizes the gentle dissolving power of Lycopene from tomatoes and strawberry ezymes to dissolve dead skin cells that you can rinse away. The Brightening Cleanser is gentle enough to use every day. This will jumpstart your skin's creation of new skin cells.
- It also doubles as a mask - by leaving it on the skin for 10 minutes, it will give you a deeper exfoliation! (We recommend 1-2 times per week).
3. Replenish Healthy Oil - Squalane
- One of the natural oils that our bodies produce is Squalane. It is protective and helps to keep our skin texture smooth, our color even-toned, and our elasticity bouncy.
- Squalane production diminishes as we get older (starting in our late 20s), putting us at greater risk of developing sunspots.
- When applied topically, Squalane specifically contains compounds that work very similarly to retinoids--stimulating the production of new skin cells that will break up hyperpigmentation.
- Great for keeping skin hydrated as well, Indie Lee's Squalane Oil comes from 100% steam distilled olives, so what you get is a clean, non-comedogenic oil that penetrates into the skin very quickly.
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