Hyperpigmentation is a problem which affects many people here in the UK. It’s estimated that 2% of people worldwide will have some issue with pigmentation, regardless of race, which might not sound like a lot, but that actually equates to over 150 million people!
Hyperpigmentation can be caused by scarring, some medical conditions, genetic conditions and other things besides, and summer is the worst time for it as it is exacerbated by the sunshine. Now that winter is here and the sun is at its weakest (although don’t be fooled into thinking that you don’t need an SPF – you still do, every day!), it’s a great time to try to get a handle on skin discolouration so we’ve put together a few tips to help you to get your skin tone back to even.
Retinols are one of the best ingredients to grab in the fight against hyperpigmentation. This is because they work to increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen and elastin production, fade hyperpigmentation, and help skin stay hydrated and glowing without irritation. Jan Marini Age Intervention Retinol Plus Mask is a highly concentrated mask, containing retinols, which will dramatically improve the appearance of dark spots.
Take advantage of night time treatments for hyperpigmentation as this is the very best time to tackle the problem. Provided you don’t live somewhere that the sun shines for 2 hours a day, taking the time to treat your skin when it’s dark outside means it won’t have to fight twice as hard to heal itself. Invest in Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair, which accelerates skin renewal and helps reduces the appearance of dark spots.
Serums are often the most powerful, potent products that a company will offer, packing maximum effects into one potion. Hyperpigmentation can be tricky to tackle, so opting for something which packs a punch will do your skin the biggest favours. Dermalogica C-12 Pure Bright Serum is a silky-rich, highly potent treatment that absorbs quickly to optimise efficacy.
We know we mentioned this above but it cannot be said enough – using an SPF is THE single most important think you can do to halt the effects of hyperpigmentation. Many people are under the impression that we only have to wear sunscreen when it’s warm outside, but the sun can do damage all year round, especially if you have issue with dark spots. Decleor Ultra Protective Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF50 Face will give excellent protection while also attacking the signs of ageing.