Do you need another reason to use sunscreen? We already know that sun exposure can damage the skin, causing premature aging, dryness, and even skin cancer.
But in case you needed another reason to apply that SPF, it turns out that even a little bit of sun exposure can contribute to skin discoloration (brown spots, age spots, chloasma, melasma) – in fact, even if you are treating your skin with lightening or brightening products, one day in the sun can undo all of your skin brightening treatments.
Sunscreen is a crucial component to any skin lightening/brightening regimen
Melanin is the term used for the component(s) in the skin that determine pigmentation. The sun’s UV rays trigger the production of more melanin, which causes skin cells to “darken.” Skin lightening treatments work to hinder melanin production, but exposing the skin to the sun can undo these effects.
Can tanning help “even out” skin tone?
In spite of all the research, there are many people who continue to tan because they feel it makes their skin look better. And for some who are experiencing skin discoloration, they may believe that a tan will help make the dark spots less noticeable.
In fact, while tanning skin that is not discolored, the discolored skin will also become darker. So, while your skin may be darker overall, the age spots, brown spots, or other hyper-pigmentation will still be noticeable – possibly even more so.
Skin lightening ingredients may also make skin more sensitive
When considering how important it is to protect your skin from the sun – especially when using lighteners – also remember that some of the same ingredients that are suppressing the skin’s melanin production may also make the skin more sensitive to the sun.
There are many ingredients on the market, with varying degrees of effectiveness when it comes to lightening or brightening the skin. Some of these ingredients may cause skin to become even more sensitive to UVA & UVB rays. Again, if you’re using products to whiten or brighten your skin (or, even if you’re not), using sunscreen to protect your skin is crucial.