Want to get rid of pigmentation, blemishes and dark spots? Look no further for smooth, glowing skin...
Pigmentation, dullness and uneven skin tone are skincare issues the majority of us have had to contend with at some point in our lives. But, fortunately, thanks to new innovations in skincare we now have a plethora of peels, serums and lotions that are dedicated to getting your skin looking the best it can be.
Here are our favourite skin pigmentation products to help improve their appearance and overall skin tone. Happy shopping….
What is skin pigmentation?
Pigmentation is the darkening of an area of skin caused by the increase of melanin. While people with olive and darker skin tones are more likely to be affected, lighter skin tones can still suffer. The main cause of pigmentation is inflammation, including acne, and overexposure to the sun.
We all know that UVA and UVB rays are a key cause of premature ageing and can lead to early onset wrinkles, but they can also cause hyper pigmentation and dark spots. Get into the habit of using a one of the best SPF moisturisers or sunscreen on a daily basis, as this is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking healthy and prevent dark spots and patchy skin-tone developing.
And don’t forget, some of the most effective ingredients to fight pigmentation and congested skin are salicylic acid, chamomile extract and glycolic acid. They help brightening the skin, as well as exfoliating and smoothing its texture.
How important is having exfoliated skin?
‘Exfoliating lifts the dulling film of dead skin from your skin to give you a fresh and more radiant complexion. It can also even skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth the texture of your skin and unclog pores, which can prevent breakouts’, skincare guru Dr. Murad explains.
‘The process of using Glycolic Acid to increase cell turnover reduces the appearance of wrinkles and contributes to fading age spots. The more hydrated your skin is, the less depth there will be to your lines and wrinkles. However, the outermost layer of your skin is always the driest. When Glycolic Acid is used in an anti-ageing product, it works to accelerate the movement of fuller, hydrated skin cells to the surface, replacing the drier skin. When used in combination with a skin brightening ingredient such as Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid increases the speed at which the treated, lightened skin makes its way to the surface.’ Not only will this pave the way for even-textured skin, it means you’ll be working with a smooth canvas so your foundation will glide on evenly and last a hell of a lot longer.
With so many options on the market it can be hard to know which will actually get the results you’re after, so we’ve hand-picked some of the game-changing products that fight skin pigmentation. Not only will they balance uneven skin tone, they will also nurture, soothe and revitalise your skin overall.
These power sachets help brighten, detoxify and exfoliate skin with a blend of 10% Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C and soothing ingredients that instantly retexturise and smooth the skin, enhancing radiance and evening tone. Plus, they take just 3 minutes to get to work.
Containing an alpha and beta hydroxy acid power pair, this treatment works to exfoliate, resurface and plump dull, sun- damaged skin. Start off by using this 2 times a week on freshly cleansed skin as part of your nightly regime for an unrivalled smoothing experience. Just don’t forget to follow up with a daily dose of facial SPF.
Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector helps to fade the appearance of dark spots and blemishes. It buffs away dead cells and evens the skin as its formula is enriched with glucosamine, salicylic acid, blackout yeast extract and vitamin C.
The Skin Rescuer, by Kiehl’s, blends chamomile and rosa gallica extracts, mannose and squalane – the latter which is naturally-derived from olives. It calms, hydrates and treats the skin by fighting the signs of stress, including hyperpigmention.
Nuxe’s Splendieuse Anti-Dark Spot Fluid SPF 20 evens skin tone and protects the skin against harmful UV rays. Also, it’s filled with stargazer lily, stabilized vitamin C, coco cells and sugar derived from wheat and wood.
For a brighter and more youthful appearance of skin, try Eve Lom’s White Brightening Lotion. A tri-peptide helps to renew the skin’s texture, while an anti-inflammatory calms the skin, and amino acids combat dullness.
The Advanced Pigment Corrector, by SkinCeuticals, brilliantly reduces blemishes, especially those caused by sun overexposure. It works by exfoliating the skin and blocking the excess of melanin production, plus it strengthens your dermal layers, which helps to prevent new dark spots.
Sisley’s Intense Dark Spot Corrector beautifully lightens, exfoliates and soothes the skin as its formula is enriched with salicylic acid, prickly pear extract and sage, lavender and marjoram essential oils.