5 easy ways to improve skin pigmentation
Growing up in a coastal location is something I loved. Now even though I have moved away from the beach and to the city, I’ve still been left with the tell-tale signs from my sunkissed roots – skin pigmentation! Yes, freckles! Whether you love them or hate them (I fall into the latter category) these ‘signs of character’, as my mum would tell me, are a lasting effect of too much exposure to the sun. Unfortunately for pigmentation sufferers there is no easy way to completely reverse this damage to the skin; unless you look into professional treatments. However there are a few easy and affordable solutions you can work into your current skincare routine to help improve skin pigmentation and diminish those dark spots for good!
Seeing as sun exposure is the culprit for dark spots and pigmentation, SPF should be your first step in stopping damage in its tracks. Whether you prefer a chemical or physical sunscreen, layering SPF on everyday is one of the easiest ways to help improve skin pigmentation. Not only will it prevent your current spots from darkening but it will also protect you against new spots forming – yes please!
If you like physical sunscreen: Try SunSense Sensitive Invisible SPF 50+
If you want a multitasker: Try Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 30+
If you wish to layer SPF under makeup: Try Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+
2. Brightening face masks
Face masks are definitely a pamper night essential, but they can also provide serious results for your skin if used as a regular part of your routine. To tackle dark spots and freckles, look for brightening and whitening masks. These types of masks are formulated to help exfoliate by removing the dull, dead, top layer of skin to reveal a brighter and more radiant complexion. This type of brightening effect can help improve dark spots and skin pigmentation. My go-to favourites are The Body Shop Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Mask and Real Nature Lemon sheet masks.
3. Chemical exfoliators
The same principle of exfoliating dull skin to reveal a brighter (and lighter) complexion is what makes chemical exfoliators so useful in treating skin pigmentation. These exfoliators are formulated with AHA’s like glycolic and salicylic acids to resurface the skin and work like an overnight facial to refresh dull and tired complexions. Used a few times a week these types of exfoliants can keep skin pigmentation looking clear, bright and revitalised.
4. Natural oils
Natural oils such as rosehip are great go-tos for treating dark spots and freckles as they can help to renew and repair your skin including sun damage. Try using formulas with added antioxidants to give the skin an extra boost of hydration while also defending the skin against further free radical damage.
We recommend: Essano Rosehip Certified Organic Rosehip Oil with Acai Berry
5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C has many widely known health benefits for the body but what may surprise you is the multitude of benefits it can have on your skin! Vitamin C is an antioxidant so it works to improve skin pigmentation by neutralizing free radical damage. While also assisting in the skin’s natural regeneration process, giving skin a healthier overall appearance. Plus Vitamin C can impact your skin’s melanin production meaning dark spots are harder to form in the first place!
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