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How to Care for Your Hyperpigmentation in Summer Weather

Summer is officially back in St. Pete, but as you may know, we’re generally privileged to have moderately warm temperatures all year round. This means that no matter what time of year, it’s helpful to know how to care for your hyperpigmentation in summer or summer-like temperatures. Today we’ll discuss some ways to make sure you enjoy what summer has to offer without compromising your skin’s best health!

Services to treat hyperpigmentation

While most treatments aren’t “sunshine friendly” it really depends on your lifestyle when the appropriate time is to treat your hyperpigmentation. If you’re a sun lover who spends a lot of time outdoors, Moxi is probably your best option as it only requires a short, 2-week downtime post-treatment where you must avoid sun exposure. Results, however, do depend on your commitment to protecting your newly treated skin with adequate sun protection. 

If you’re someone who dislikes very hot weather and stays inside, near the AC all season long, then this might be the right time of year for you to treat hyperpigmentation before you’re out and about enjoying the milder weather. Treatments we recommend that are highly effective for hyperpigmentation but require that you avoid sun exposure for a while longer include:

Hyperpigmentation vs. Melasma

While all melasma is hyperpigmentation, not all hyperpigmentation is melasma. It can be helpful to know the difference and what you’re experiencing to make sure that you take the best steps to protect and prevent more discoloration if possible. While both melasma and hyperpigmentation can be made worse by sun exposure, hormonal factors and heat of any kind can worsen or increase melasma. If possible, limit your heat exposure and avoid things like standing over a hot grill, blasting hot air in your face while your car AC cools off, and extended periods in saunas and steam rooms. 

Products to protect skin and prevent hyperpigmentation

At Coco Med Spa, we have a handful of favorite products to protect skin from the sun and treat its effects. If you know us well, you know that sunscreen is our number one favorite. This is a product that can easily be flagged as an absolute must-have for everyone no matter what skin type you have or lifestyle you lead. Not only is it important to apply it daily but also to reapply it throughout the day to make sure you have extended protection. Two of our most favorite sunscreen products are by Alastin:

  • HydraTint Pro Mineral Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 36

  • SilkSHIELD® All Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 with TriHex Technology®

We also love products that will work on any current hyperpigmentation you might already have to not only improve it, but make sure that there’s no compounded damage from new exposure. We recommend:

  • SkinBetter Science Even Tone Serum

  • Skinceuticals Discoloration Defense

While caring for skin with hyperpigmentation is not something you only do in summer weather, the increased exposure to sun and heat can make it more challenging. Luckily, you’re now armed with the knowledge to protect and treat your skin while enjoying all of your outdoor adventures! To schedule a treatment with us at Coco Med Spa, contact us today.

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