The last thing you want is to make a bad first impression because of something like the appearance of your skin. Allow your intelligence and wit to be recognized by maintaining a handsome and healthy appearance that does not distract.
With older men, one of the biggest skin complaints is having liver spots. While these spots are persistent and, thus, sometimes tricky to deal with, you do have the option to get rid of them.
What Are Liver Spots?
Liver spots, also called age spots or sun spots, are flat, dark areas on the skin that appear on the face and body after sun exposure due to UV rays.
Liver spots can develop on any man of any age or skin type, though it is most common for them to appear on the top layer of skin for men older than 50.
In terms of appearance, it is easy to identify liver spots. They are typically flat, oval-shaped, and have increased pigmentation that tends to range in skin color from tan to dark brown.
They are usually small but can be as big as 13 millimeters across. Normally, they group together on the surface layer of the skin. However, liver spots do not fade on their own and do require treatment.
Understanding the Importance of Sunscreen
The best preventative action that you could take to protect yourself against liver spots is to actively apply sunscreen. Ultraviolet light from the sun speeds up the production of melanin, which is the natural pigment that gives your skin its color.
More melanin typically equates to darker skin. If the skin speeds up the production of melanin, it increases the chances of liver spots developing on your skin as a result.
To avoid this from happening, apply your sunscreen every morning.
Choose Quality Ingredients
Sunscreen contains ultraviolet filters and active ingredients that work together to block ultraviolet rays and prevent them from damaging your skin. Not to mention, this product is also saving your skin from harmful conditions, in addition to dryness and wrinkles.
As for the type of sunscreen you should be using, here’s what you should know:
Mineral sunscreen, sometimes called physical sunscreen, works as a physical barrier protecting against ultraviolet radiation. The sunscreen sits atop the skin and lets its ingredients get to work.
When the sun reaches your skin, the ingredients in your mineral sunscreen, which includes zinc oxide and titanium oxide, will block and scatter the rays before they have the opportunity to penetrate and do damage.
Chemical sunscreen is proven to work just as well as mineral sunscreen and performs the same function of defending your skin against sun damage, but the two perform this task differently. Chemical sunscreen uses chemical filters to protect against the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
The ingredients in chemical sunscreen, including octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone, absorb the sun’s rays once in contact with your skin. This does not allow them the chance to damage your skin.
Deciding between the two can be tricky because they are genuinely both good options.
Mineral sunscreen may be the superior option for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. These sunscreens are thinner and, in turn, have less of a chance of clogging your pores or irritating your skin.
One downfall of mineral sunscreen is that it tends to leave behind a white residue on the skin. Chemical sunscreens, however, are lightweight and absorb exceptionally quickly, making them a better option for anyone short on time.
Maintain A Regular Routine
Your sunscreen should be applied every single morning and should be applied at the very end of your skincare routine as it is meant to act as a protective layer. This means that you should apply it after your moisturizer.
You should never skip using your sunscreen, even on days that are overcast or that you plan on spending entirely indoors. Do not doubt that ultraviolet rays are strong enough to pass through your windows or a cloudy sky.
Additionally, you should be reapplying your sunscreen throughout the day if necessary. If you work out midday and sweat off your sunscreen or take a dip in the pool and rinse your sunscreen off, you should add another layer of sunscreen onto your skin.
The exact amount of sunscreen that you should be applying to your skin will vary from person to person. However, the general recommendation is that you should use a nickel-sized dollop, or .04 ounces of product, on your face each day.
In addition to putting sunscreen on your face, you should consider using it on your lips and scalp, as well. Regardless of whether your head is shaved or has a full head of hair, your sun can use the support of SPF products tailored for your head on spots visible to the sun.
As for your lips, invest in a chapstick containing SPF.
Opt For Broad Spectrum
What is not up for debate, however, is your sunscreen’s UV protection factor. The sun protection factor of your chosen product explains at what level it will be able to defend your skin from damage. In order for your sunscreen to offer effective defense for your skin, it should have an SPF of at least 30. Additionally, it is essential that your sunscreen is labeled as “broad-spectrum.”
A broad-spectrum sunscreen defends you against both UVA and UVB rays.
- UVA rays have higher wavelengths that affect the cells at a deeper layer.
- UVB rays have higher energy levels and tend to damage the outermost layers of the skin.
Take Extra Precautions
The best way to avoid sun damage is to avoid exposure altogether. While this is not always possible, try avoiding being out in the sun, especially if unprotected, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.
You can also try covering up when out in the sun. Clothing that covers your arms and legs or hats that cover your face and neck can effectively prevent liver spots. There are even some clothes designed to specifically combat sun damage.
Now that we have a firm understanding of the best way to prevent liver spots, we can begin to discuss treating them. There are different treatment options for you to choose from when it comes to getting rid of your unwanted spots and discoloration.
Before explaining any medical procedures, we want to provide you with an at-home option. One of the best ways to repair sun-damaged skin back to health is to keep it moisturized with a cream, aloe vera gel, or lotion.
When exposed to ultraviolet rays, the damage can go as far as to kill some skin cells leaving the skin not only discolored with liver spots but also rough and dry. The right moisturizer can successfully prevent this from happening.
We recommend using MadeMan’s The Refresher.
The Refresher is an all-in-one water-based moisturizer that uses all-natural ingredients like chicory root, castor seed oil, vitamin C, and Indian ginseng extract to restore and repair the skin.
A full list of our product’s healthy ingredients can be found here.
This antioxidant blend is fast absorbing and penetrates into your skin’s layers, allowing it to promote the natural repair process, fixes fine lines, and boosts natural collagen production.
Most importantly, The Refresher can help to nourish and rehydrate your sun-damaged skin. This allows it to fight off hyperpigmentation, redness, clogged pores, and uneven skin texture.
By using this moisturizer every morning and every night, you can defeat un damage and pollutants, maximize your skin’s hydration, and balance the natural oils in your skin, making it appear healthy and youthful.
Chemical peels are also helpful in treating sun damage like liver spots. Chemical peels are a type of facial treatment that is used to deeply exfoliate the skin’s surface.
When undergoing a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to the patient’s skin. This solution is meant to, as the name suggests, make your skin peel.
In addition to receiving a chemical peel, you can also try chemically exfoliating at home. At-home exfoliants take longer to show their results, though the way they work is very similar.
When you exfoliate chemically, you use chemicals, typically a chemical scrub, to dissolve and buff away the dead skin cells from the surface of your skin.
Exfoliating a couple of times a week can help you improve your skin’s texture and treat dark spots, but you should stop using it if you experience any signs of swelling or skin irritation.
In conclusion, liver spots are both preventable and treatable. The most important thing is protecting your skin from sun damage, the leading cause of liver spots.
If you are already struggling with liver spots, remember to use your moisturizer twice a day and consult your dermatologist.