We all go to great lengths to keep our skin looking its best by using serums, creams and different regimens – all of which play an important part in managing healthy-looking skin. However, we all have an area of concern… and mine is battling with pigmentation!
But first, what is pigmentation?
Pigmentation marks can appear on the face and body as a result of an imbalance in melanin production, and an excess of melanin produces this effect. Skin may appear lighter (hypo-pigmentation) or darker (hyper-pigmentation) than normal. This can be triggered by external causes, mostly excessive exposure to the sun; or internal causes, such as hormonal fluctuations related to pregnancy, menopause or the use of oral contraceptives. While pigmentation may fade after pregnancy, it may not disappear completely. Pigmentation can also be caused by a post inflammatory reaction as a result of acne scarring and blemishes which can cause the skin to darken.
Although there is no miracle cure for pigmentation, the good news is that there are a variety of products and treatments on the market that helps to manage the problem.
Below are a few of my top treatments and product suggestions (in no particular order):
- Skin Regimen Night Renewer from Comfort Zone
Going for monthly peels is definitely number one on my list of must do’s when it comes to managing hyper-pigmentation. Luckily enough, my favourite spa spot, The Fairway Spa, situated at The Fairway Hotel & Golf Resort in Randpark, stocks Comfort Zone and offers the Comfort Zone peel facial treatment. Making it convenient to have a treatment and stock up on products for home.
The peel used for the facial contains Alpha-Hydroxy Acids like Lactic Acid and Glycolic acid that remove dead skin cells and stimulate cell turnover, giving your skin a brighter and smoother appearance. It also contains Tropaeolum Extract which stimulates the delivery of oxygen between cells, boosting the amount of oxygen in the tissue and giving you a brighter skin tone. So not only can you relax for the duration of the treatment, but your skin looks great thereafter!
Combining these monthly peels with Comfort Zone Night Renewer at home, has proven to give great results.
The Night Renewer is an exfoliating mask that you apply two or three times a week at night, leave on for about 10 minutes and then rinse off. Followed by a serum and moisturiser (preferably the Skin Regimen line), leaves your skin looking healthy, luminous and smoother.
More information on the whole range visit www.comfortzone.it
- Dermalogica C-12 pure bright serum
Lightweight, highly-active topical treatment combats hyperpigmentation (brown spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone) day and night. Advanced formula absorbs quickly to optimize efficacy while helping to increase skin luminosity. Contains an exclusive blend of Oligopeptides, plus Rice-derived Phytic Acid, antioxidant Zinc Glycinate, and Red and Brown Algae to help regulate melanin (pigment) formation to treat hyperpigmentation at its source. Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens.
For more information on the range, visit www.dermalogica.co.za
- RegimA Pigment Perfector
This anti-pigmentation treatment draws on the individual strengths of multiple skin lightening actives. The combined effect of these actives, each providing their own anti-pigmentation effect, create a synergistic and cumulative lightening, brightening capability second to none.
With state of the art technology, Lumiskin, the latest in proprietary skin-lightening actives works in synergy, providing a cumulative effect with a visible and significant decrease in pigmentation. Sophora root extract, the enhanced lightening action of black tea extract, and the latest in stabilised Vitamin C technology, this product combines the most cutting-edge actives for unparalleled skin lightening power. Added to this, Kiwi fruit extract has been found to be particularly beneficial for under-eye dark circles.
More information at www.regima.com
- Justine: Luminessence Even Tone Eye Cream
The Even Tone eye cream is a great product that helps improve the appearance of skin discolorations. It instantly softens the look of imperfections such as dark marks.
View www.justine.co.za for more information.
- Heliocare 360° Airgel SPF 50+
The most important product in preventing and combating pigmentation, is a good SPF. Heliocare 360° is a unique topical sun protection in an innovative lightweight mousse that melts into the skin and is quickly and uniformly absorbed to protect the skin against daily environmental challenges. This product also contains super antioxidants to neutralise free radicals and it helps to repair DNA damage. One of my favourite products in my vanity!
- Johnson’s Even Complexion range
For those with a limited budget to splurge on beauty products, you will be happy to know that Johnson’s recently launched their Even Complexion range that is definitely worth a try and suits all skin types.
The range is specially formulated to help improve your skin’s natural complexion and help reduce the appearance of dark marks and blemishes and includes Complexion Day Cream with SPF 15, Even Complexion Night Cream, Even Complexion facial wash and and an Even Complexion Cleansing Bar.
Bio‐Oil should be applied to the affected areas, twice daily, for a minimum of 3 months. Bio-Oil doesn’t contains a sun protection factor, so if used during the day for uneven skin tone, a SPF 20+ is suggested to be used after application. For pregnancy, Bio-Oil should be used from the first trimester. If part of a skincare routine, Bio-Oil should be applied before the regular moisturiser since it is best to have “clean” skin to maximum absorption (moisturisers leave a residue and can block the absorption of Bio-Oil).
For further information visit www.evolabs.com
- Human+Kind Age Spot Remover
Firstly, this product is all natural, so you get all the beauty benefits with none of the ‘nasties. The Age spot remover is an excellent moisturiser as well as reducing the appearance of age spots and wrinkles. It contains extracts of Hibiscus Sabdariffa and Morus Alba which target age spots and help to even out skin tone.
More information on the products available at www.humanandkind.com
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