Understand what age spots are
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Throughout your lifetime, you’re bound to develop new freckles, moles, and discoloration, including age spots. Your task is knowing what they are and the differences between each. “Age spots can refer to a variety of skin lesions that develop with age and/or cumulative sun exposure,” says Deanne Mraz Robinson, MD, FAAD, and President and Co-Founder of Modern Dermatology. “Sun freckles or liver spots are tan or brown, flat lesions on sun-exposed areas,” she explains.
Always take preventative measures
Since age spots directly result from sun exposure, you should always protect your skin from harmful UV rays by slathering on broad-spectrum sunscreen. And if you already have age spots, you can still benefit from daily sunscreen wear because it prevents existing spots from darkening and keeps new ones from appearing. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen is one of the best sunscreens out there, and it’s especially great for those with sensitive skin, as it’s 100 percent oil-free and won’t cause breakouts. It also contains a powerful antioxidant complex to protect against damaging free radicals that can accelerate skin aging. Another smart idea is to invest in sun protective clothing, which make sure you never miss a spot and is easy to pull on when you’re running out the door in the morning to walk the dog or get the kids to school. Solumbra by Sun Precautions has a range of stylish choices, including tops, cover-ups, pants, and hats. Remember that while age spots are most common during your 50s and beyond, they can appear on someone who’s had significant sun exposure as early as the late 20s or 30s, so it’s never too early to start wearing daily sunscreen year-round, even in winter! (Don’t believe us? Check out these six reasons you need to wear sunscreen in winter.)