Q: I have struggled with uneven skin tone and dark spots for years. It seems to get worse in the summer. What can I do to help prevent dark spots and the signs of aging?

Regina:  Thanks for the question and I know you are not alone. Many people reach out to me asking about dark spots, uneven skin tone, and anti-aging. The issues you are seeing inevitably are from the sun. While there are many products you can use to help reduce the appearance of even out skin tone, the fact of the matter is that the damage is already done. When it comes to dark spots, uneven skin tone, and fighting the signs of aging, prevention is the way to go. And one simple addition to your morning routine can help prevent you skin from sun damage. What’s the magic ingredient? SPF!

SPF will protect your skin from the damaging rays of the sun that cause dark spots, uneven skin tone, and speeds up aging by causing the skin to dry out and wrinkles to form. The sun is the biggest obstacle to perfect skin. I’m sure you’ve thought about the need to wear SPF if you’re spending a day outside in the summer in direct sun, but the sun’s rays can damage your skin regardless of the cloud coverage or season. That is why it’s important to incorporate a daily SPF into your routine year round.

You probably have memories of slathering on thick sunscreen on hot summer days as a kid. But sun protection has come along way and there are many different types of products that you can use. I recommend finding an SPF that compliments your skin type. If you have oily skin, find a shear, lightweight SPF. If you have dry skin, opt for a more moisturizing SPF. And there are a lot of daily moisturizers have incorporated SPF, so look for that product if you want to kill two birds with one stone. In the long run, your skin will thank you for wearing sun protection. Rain or shine, summer or winter, protect your skin and wear SPF year round.

If you have more questions about your skin, products, or would like to discuss your goals, we love to chat. Reach out to us today. If you have another question for Regina, our licensed esthetician, submit your question here.

About Regina: Regina is the Medical Aesthetician at NY Face Place, and brings over 10 years of experience in the spa and medical field. Have a question for her? Or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with Regina, contact NY Face Place today.