As summer get closer and closer we usually start wearing less and less makeup. It can be pretty daunting going to that pool party and not wearing any concealer or foundation. Especially if you have sunspots from not wearing sunscreen, or if you have spots left over from past breakouts. We'll talk about how to actually get rid of acne in a later post, but today I wanted to give you a few creams and treatments that you can use to fade those pesky spots once and for all!
I have struggled with acne, big pores, discoloration, redness, and the scars left over from my acne. The number one way I have found to protect yourself from getting scars after you breakout is to not pick the pimples! If you pick, you will bleed, which leads to a scab forming, and after that, a little spot that's not quite the same color as the rest of your skin. Some people get these spots easier than others. If you're fair you probably notice them more. I personally get them even when I don't pick the spot (WHY ME!?). So I have to focus more on prevention. But please don't pick! The spot will go away faster if you just leave it alone and let it do its own thing.
But what do you do when you already picked at that pimple, or like me, you get the discoloration even if you didn't pick it? That's where handy creams and serums come in to brighten and slough away old skin and bring to the surface new and healthy skin. Buying a cream is way less expensive than going to get a treatment done at your dermatologist's office, and is also effective way longer.
Exfoliating can also help get rid of that old, discolored skin. Something like Aveeno's Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads
or Philosophy's The Microdelivery Peel
help to exfoliate, but are also gentle on the skin. You don't want to tear your skin with sharp granules and irritate it.
A couple of serums that you can use to brighten your skin, whether they're acne spots or sun spots, are the Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
Creams to look into are the Ole Henrikson Sheer Transformation
(my personal favorite!)
If you already have a moisturizer you're using and loving you can add to it the Philosophy Turbo Booster C Powder
Something you can use while you sleep is the Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial
Also make sure you wear sunscreen! You can make spots darker if you go out in the sun and don't have that protection. So go to the store RIGHT NOW and get sunscreen if you don't already have some. Not only will it protect your skin from getting sun spots, but you'll have less wrinkles as well.
Drinking lemon water is a great low-cost way of brightening your skin from the inside out. Green tea is another way to help brighten your skin, but water is the most important!
Don't expect creams or serums to work after one day of use, even if it says so on the bottle. Give it a good 6 months to a year (hello patience) to see how the product really works on your skin. If what you're using starts to irritate your skin, stop using it and move on to the next product. Don't keep using it!
I hope this helped in some way and wasn't a repeat of stuff you've heard over and over again.... Enjoy your summer knowing that your skin is healthy and glowing even without the makeup!