Small cells within the skin called melanocytes produce pigment called melanin which gives you the color of your skin. If you get too much sun exposure, dark blemishes known as sunspots can develop on your skin. These aren’t harmful, but many people who have them dislike the way they look.
Preventing Sunspots: Limiting UV Exposure
- Be aware that UV rays are most intense between 10 AM and 3 PM, and plan accordingly.
- Be vigilant with sunscreen. Apply sunscreen that is the best match for your skin type 15-30 minutes before going outside.
- Re-apply sunscreen every two hours, and immediately after going into the water or sweating.
- Wear dark or brightly colored clothing that is tightly woven and covers your arms and legs.
- Wear a wide-brim hat as opposed to a baseball hat or sun visor. Make sure the hat is tightly woven.
- Look into wearing clothing that is made specifically for sun protection.