Pigmentation is perceived to be today’s true skin care enemy. The very visible signs of pigmentation include age spots and brown spots, an uneven skin tone, freckles and so on – and these can age us considerably. Daylight, hormones (such as in pregnancy, eg, the condition melasma), and injury to the skin are the main causes of hyperpigmentation.
While pigmentation can seems unavoidable, it’s certainly true that it can be a stubborn condition to treat. But it’s not impossible, even at home to reduce the effects of your daily exposure to UV light!
Did you know that 80% of skin correction will come from you using the correct skin care products to treat your concerns? When selecting a suitable cosmeceutical treatment, you will find they contain active botanical ingredients such as synovea, azelaic acid, licorice and mulberry extract. The good news is these ingredients have the effect of brightening and evening out your skin tone quickly.
VW’s top picks for treating sun damage, melasma and post inflammation hyperpigmenation (PIH)
This effective night-time cream will fade age spots and hyperpigmentation patches, improving your uneven skin tone while you sleep! Iluma gives your skin clarity, and brightens it too for a radiant complexion.
Image Ageless Total Retinol-A Crème: Not only is this 20% blend of retinol, glycolic and lactic acid effective for resurfacing and rejuvenating pigmented skin cells, but it is great for acne-prone skin too. To be used overnight only.
Dermalogica Pure Light SPF50: This daytime moisturising treatment utilises Dermalogica’s Oleosome technology to increase SPF effectiveness using plant spheres. Melanin production is regulated, and it is also cross-linked with Hyaluronic Acid to improve the skin’s moisture barrier. Part of the Dermalogica PowerBright range.
Image Vital C hydrating Anti Ageing Serum: Used twice daily underneath your moisturiser, I recommend you include Vitamin C in any skin care regimen when targeting pigmentation; it helps inhibit the production of melanin (pigmented cells). It is also brilliant for lightening and evening out your skin tone.
NIOD Ethylated L’ascorbic Acid 30%: This is a highly concentrated and highly stable form of vitamin C, capable of rapidly balancing visible signs of discolouration. This intense anti-oxidant treatment is developed for overnight use.
Top Tips for a youthful complexion:
- Exfoliate gently to help shed pigmented dead skin cells
- Commit to wearing a broad spectrum SPF every day. Without it, you will continue to trigger increased pigment production
- Use serums containing skin lightening ingredients such as synovea, licorice, mulberry extracts and vitamin C to disrupt further pigment product
- Book a course of Lightening Lift peels to repair and correct damage skin cells – it’s when your skin is healing that you will see the benefits
- Make sure your regular skincare routine products are rich in antioxidants – vitamin A and C are best.