Pigmentation and unven skin tone is certainly a concern we hear about every single day at GLO. Clients wanting to improve their complexion, even their skin tone and often with a simple wish "I would love to wear less make up". Pigmentation is a complex skin condition and one where results will differ with everyone. Targeting this pigmentation requires a consistent home care routine and incorporating professional treatments and peels to really target the skin at an intensive level.
1. SPF SPF SPF
Sun damage and exposure to harmful UV rays is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation, and the leading cause of premature ageing. So it makes perfect sense that SPF should be your first line of defence in protection against new hyperpigmentation forming and prevention of existing hyperpigmentation becoming worse. A broad spectrum high factor SPF should be applied every morning, regardless of the weather (UV rays pass through clouds) and regardless of if you are going to be outdoors or not (UV rays pass through glass).
Protects against UV and enhances skin tone
Combat the appearance of skin ageing
2. Exfoliate at Home
Because pigmentation starts deep down in our skin cells, regular exfoliation is extremely beneficial as it accelerates our cell turnover, meaning we shed those old skin cells faster, bringing new cells to the surface, and thus with it the pigmentation. Exfoliation also gives the skin an instant brightening effect, as it removes those dull lacklustre cells, livening up the skin. Dermalogica has a fantastic range of exfoliants and we can help guide you to the best exfoliant for your and your skin concerns. Simply visit our advice page
3. Power Up with Professional Peels
While at home exfoliation is crucial, never underestimate the benefit of a professional treatment, and in this case a professional skin peel. A professional skin peel uses ingredients like acids that penetrate much deeper into the skin, working at a deeper layer than our at home products. This will give you accelerated results, brightening the skin from within and targeting those stubborn areas of hyperpigmentation. We offer personalised treatments and are here to guide you to your healthiest skin possible.
4. Treat with Retinol
You may have already heard of retinol, which is an ultra stable form of vitamin A, and the amazing benefits it can have on the skin, but it is also an exceptional ingredient at treating hyperpigmentation. Not only does it work at accelerating our cell renewal rate, but it also helps to regulate the cells that cause hyperpigmentation, breaking down existing ones and slowing down production of new ones.
Accelerate cell renewal and reduce skin ageing
Target breakouts and visible signs of ageing
5. Target with Serums
A serum is a great way of getting a concentrated burst of ingredients into the skin fast. Vitamin C serums are an immensely popular product, for a multitude of skin benefits, but especially hyperpigmentation concerns because of its brightening properties. Look out for serums that contain other skin brightening ingredients such as oligopeptides and niacinamide.
Combats hyper-pigmentation day and night
Brighten, Defend and Hydrate
6. Don't Create Trauma
Another way pigmentation is produced in the skin is inflammation. This means that any inflammatory skin disease, like acne, is more than likely going to leave you with discolouration and hyperpigmentation. However, we can help to control this ourselves, and this means don't pick, pop or put your skin through unnecessary trauma to relieve yourself of that pimple! Use acne fighting ingredients and let the skin heal itself, without your meddling fingers. Dermalogica's Spot Fader
Reduces appearance of breakouts and post-breakout marks
7. Be Aware of Other Causes
There are of course lots of other ways pigmentation can be produced in the skin. One is due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, this is called Melasma, and it is not always permanent. The contraceptive pill can also increase your production of pigmentation, along with certain other medications that can increase your sensitivity to sunlight.
8. Prevention is Key
Did you know that the majority of sun damage we see on our skin as adults was actually caused from when we were children? That's because pigment producing cells are so deep down that they can take years to appear. This is why it is vital to prevent pigmentation as early as you can, even if it's not evident on the skin yet. Because once you do see it, the damage has already been done.
9. Learn to Love your Pigmentation
Something you don't want to hear, but not all pigmentation is treatable. Some types of pigmentation are just part of our genetic makeup, like freckles, and so are not easily removed. Learn to embrace your natural beauty, look after it well, and get your skin to the healthiest it can be!
10. Always Get a Doctors Advice
If you have a particular patch of pigmentation that is concerning you then always consult with a medical professional. Any area of pigmentation that has suddenly grown in size, become considerably darker or changed in some dramatic way should get checked straight away.