6 Surprising Facts About Dark Spots
In the dark about the causes, treatment and prevention of dark spots? Here are six things you didn't know about the biggest skin care problem for Latinas
Wrong. You'd be better off packing two bottles of SPF 30 sunscreen with physical UV blocks than that crazy-thick, SPF-infinity stuff. Studies have shown that SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of UV rays; SPF 50 is only marginally better, blocking 98 percent of rays. Wearing sunscreen with super-high SPF isn't harmful in itself, but it can lull you into a false sense of security and thus make you less careful about reapplication.
For lighter skin tones, Lai recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 and reapplying every two to three hours. "If you have a darker skin type, all you really need to use is a 15," he advises. Frank emphasizes quality of ingredients when choosing a sunscreen. "A [sunscreen] should have zinc or titanium oxide, which is a total UV block." If you're worried about tweaking your makeup, Frank recommends carrying a tinted moisturizer with SPF for reapplication. Hats and sunglasses also come in handy, Lai says.
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