Hyperpigmentation or dark spots can affect the skin in many ways. It can be caused by inflammation of the skin around the site of breakouts (post inflammatory pigmentation), hormonal changes during pregnancy, the menopause, which can be really stubborn, or just over exposure to UV. It can affect all skin colours and is widely recognised as adding years to your perceived age!
It can be difficult to treat but with a good homecare regime and regular professional treatments (when we can safely open again) dark spots can be kept under control.
Here are my pro tips for brighter, more even skin tone.
It’s really important to start off the Dermalogica double cleanse with Precleanse to remove debris, make-up and pollution from the skin. Studies show that particulates in the air from pollution can sit in the pores and cause mild inflammation which in turn stimulates melanin production. Follow with your regular Dermalogica Cleanser but introduce Skin Resurfacing Cleanser every other day. This, exfoliating cleanser contains lactic acid which will resurface the skin and start to help fade dark spots.
Daily Microfoliant is my go-to exfoliant for pigmentation. It contains Rice Bran which, when mixed with water releases enzymes and phytic acid that help brighten the skin and fade dark spots.
For a targeted approach follow with Powerbright Dark Spot Serum. It contains an exclusive blend of Peptides plus Hexylresorcinol to help regulate melanin production and to treat hyperpigmentation at its source. Use after cleansing in the morning and allow to dry for one minute before applying moisturiser.
When it comes to moisturising it’s vital to use a daily moisturiser with a high SPF to prevent further sun damage but first apply a spritz of Anti Oxidant Hydramist. This mist is packed with antioxidants that help fight free radical damage. Free Radicals are rogue cells that cause damage to healthy skin cells that can add to the pigmentation process.
Follow with Pure Light SPF50 which not only protects against further damage from UV rays but also contains a powerful peptide to regulate melanin production.
At night apply Pure Night with peptides, Vitamin C to brighten and Niacinamide to help reduce inflammatory damage.
When the treatment room is open, a series of professional peels or the Probright skin treatment will really have a significant effect on dark skin spots. I recommend a course of 3 to 6 treatments, 1 every fortnight to have a real impact and then follow with your homecare regime to enhance results.
All products are available at yourskinexpert.co.uk. Treatments available at essential-therapy.com from April 12th. If you need further advice, please contact me via the usual channels.
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