We make a considerable effort to protect and care for the skin on our faces but can neglect the skin on our neck, décolleté and hands. As we officially enter in to these summer months, I wanted to remind everyone to also pay attention to other commonly exposed areas.
Sun screen and antioxidants are the best defense. Avoiding the high sun hours between 10-2 or even 10-4 is helpful. (although tough to accomplish if you love the outdoors!)
But what if there already is damage? What can be done?
Pretty much anything that can be done to the face can also be done off face.
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) is very effective at removing sun spots (hyperpigmentation). The hands and chest are commonly treated with this modality. The pigment will return if the area is not protected from the sun though, so invest in a sunscreen with zinc! Additionally, consider protective clothing if your will be out during hours of the day when the sun is intense.
For those fellas out there (or even women with very thin hair) make sure to protect your scalp as well. Since I am adding to the list, let me also include ears! This is not only about hyperpigmentation, skin cancer commonly occurs in all of these areas!
Enjoy these warm summer days! Safely!