Here's How To Avoid Getting More Freckles During The Summer

When the summertime sun comes out, many people are quick to get outside and lay out poolside to get a bronze base on their skin. Some of them, however, will get more than they bargained for; in addition to a sun-kissed glow, some of them may begin to see some brown spots appear on their skin. These spots are known as freckles, and they happen to more people than you realize. 

Per the Lasercare Skin Clinic, freckles are actually the body protecting the skin from the sun's UV rays and are the result of melanin, "the pigment that gives your skin color." When you spend a lot of time in the sun, your body begins to produce melanin to ensure your skin is safe. When too much melanin builds up in one place, a brown, tan, or red freckle may appear.

While freckles are natural and a lot of people have them, not everyone likes the look of freckles on their skin. Some people actually want to find ways to avoid having them come out, especially in the summer.

How to prevent your skin from freckling in the summer

Freckles appear when the body has been exposed to the sun for a long amount of time. The first thing you can do to protect your skin from freckling is to invest in a strong sunscreen. Experts say that you should always use an SPF that is 30 or higher, and you should make sure that your sunscreen protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays (via the New Visage Medspa & Skin Care Center).

Another thing to do to prevent freckles is to buy a sun hat. Protecting your face from the sun can prevent your face from developing freckles if you plan to be outdoors in the sun for a long time. In addition, grabbing an umbrella for those beach days gives you a place to seek shade. Another thing that you want to do is keep your body cool. One way to do this is by putting your skincare products in a cool storage space. Products like sunscreen, moisturizer, and aloe vera ointment are best applied cold to cool your skin down after being outside for a while.

For those who want to keep that bronze glow during the summer but prevent their skin from freckling, it may be a great idea to try a self-tanner. There are tons of self-tanners that are used by thousands of people and have glowing reviews (via Elle). Not only do they allow your skin to tan without freckling, but they also keep your skin even safer from the sun!