What is skin pigmentation?
Call it freckles or age spots; skin pigmentation is experienced by a quarter of women at some point in their lives. Although harmless, skin pigmentation can bring down our confidence.
Skin pigmentation is caused by melanin which gives colour to our skin. Normally, the level of melanin in our skin stays constant. However, for those who have skin pigmentation, there is an uneven distribution of melanin in the skin. Often, it occurs due to sun damage, injury on the skin, melasma or a hormonal imbalance.
In most cases of skin pigmentation, the dark spots which appear on the neck or face are caused by acne or other injuries on the face. That is why it is known as post-inflammatory pigmentation. The melanin level rises to help your skin heal from injuries and the spots might stay for weeks.
Who is susceptible to skin pigmentation?
Women who are expecting might have a higher tendency to develop skin pigmentation as they experience hormonal imbalances but using the wrong skin care might actually make things worse. The use of unsuitable skin care products can irritate the skin which leads to more melanin. As women age, the number of collagens produced and cell turnover would also reduce drastically. This means it will take more time for the skin to repair itself.
Tips to avoid skin pigmentation
You might want to start with the right skin care products and regime. Follow this step by step process to ensure that your skin is stays healthy with reduced skin pigmentation.
1.Soothe the skin
The main reason for skin pigmentation is inflammation or redness of the skin due to irritation. Aim to use products with soothing or anti-inflammatory ingredients such as Niacinamide; a water-soluble vitamin which could improve the uneven skin tone. Nadine Salembier Whitening Spot Corrector is especially effective in helping lightening skin blotches caused by the sun or by skin aging.
2.Improve your skin’s barrier
You should never leave your house without applying moisturiser and sunscreen! While you think it’s just for a quick time out, going out without sunscreen will increase exposure to UV rays. Choosing the best sunscreen for your skin can be tricky, so here are some tips you can use when choosing one:
• Sunscreen with “broad-spectrum protection” as it protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. For example, LANLUIS Hydrating Defense which is designed to protect the skin from UVA/UVB with SPF 30.
• Sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) 30 or higher depending on how long you’ll be outside. You can try the Sans Soucis Anti-Age Sun Care Face with SPF 30 that helps prevent premature skin aging, maintain the moisture balance and strengthen the protection function of the skin.
• Do note the type of sunscreen you’re using, whether its gel or cream as well as the ingredients, as certain types may cause irritation to your skin
3.What types of treatment can help reduce skin pigmentation?
Body Perfect has a range of treatment targeted at skin pigmentation. Our breakthrough skin pigmentation treatments such as the Body Perfect NS Whitening & Pigmentation Face, Eye, Neck & Décolleté Treatment is designed to help reduce pigmentation and discolouration, thus, work to reduce dark spots on the skin.
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