Summer Skin Care and a Surprise Trip

summer skin care

If you follow along on Instagram you may have noticed by now that I surprised my husband with a trip to NYC this weekend.  He thought we were heading to an amusement park about two hours away but I tricked him!  He’s never been to New York City and I went once about 16 years ago for a day so it’s going to be super fun! I hope you’ll follow our adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Anyways, I wanted to write about something today that isn’t my normal home decor/DIY subject matter but honestly, it’s something I’ve been meaning to share with you all for a while.

You see, I grew up in Virginia Beach and my hobby throughout high school was pretty much going to the beach and laying out.  This continued through college and grad school when I lived down in Charleston, SC.  I knew all the info about sunscreen and aging and skin cancer but I still slathered on the baby oil and soaked in the rays (invincible youth, right?)

After my second son was born I ended up with melasma on my face.  For those not familiar with melasma, it is a darkening of the skin that is often caused by hormones-either pregnancy or birth control pills.  It can happen in various spots on your face but for me I mine has taken on the lovely appearance of a shadow across my upper lip.  It resembles a freckly mustache, or “frecklestache” as I like to call it.

profile pic stache

There’s nothing like looking like you are in dire need of a waxing to make one rethink the tanning habits.  Now, if I tan the melasma gets very dark and it is very difficult to cover up without heavy, cakey makeup which I don’t do.

I wanted to talk about struggling with melasma because I have searched and searched online for people undergoing similar situations and there isn’t much out there.  I even mentioned it on Facebook last week.  And while it may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things, having something stand out in the mirror every morning that you hate so much is, well, exhausting.  I’ve tried so many things to get rid of it-professional peels, dark spot treatments and while they have helped fade it a bit I’ve had to accept that it’s never going to go away.  My doctor said best thing I can do is use the fading creams and be 100% vigilant with a zinc containing sunscreen.

treating dark spots

So where does all this leave me?

  • I wear sunscreen every day.  A friend was just diagnosed with skin cancer on her face and it made it all the more clear that it’s just not worth it to get a little color.
  • I am forcing myself to be more vigilent with my skin care-I’m a lazy girl and honestly hate hundred step skin care regimes but I also am not a huge fan of the changes in my skin my thirties are bringing my way so I am changing my ways.
  • I’m learning to fake the glow I crave from a tan.  My favorite beauty blogger is Maskcara and she has some awesome self-tanner tutorials and tips for looking great without tanning.

Have you experienced melasma? Would you consider yourself sun-smart? I’d love to hear how you approach summer skin care!

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