Want to get rid of pigmentation, blemishes and dark spots? Read on to find out what the beauty desk's best skin pigmentation fighting products are....
Pigmentation and uneven skin tone are two skincare issues plenty of people suffer from and they can make you feel really self-conscious – but they don’t need to! We’ve scoured the beauty halls and chosen our favourite products to help improve the appearance of pigmentation and skintone. Read on to find out the beauty desk’s tried and tested favourites…
So, what is skin pigmentation?
Pigmentation is the darkening of an area of skin caused by the increase of melanin. While people with olive and dark skin are more likely to be affected, people with 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 in premature ageing and can lead to early onset wrinkles but you might not know that sun damage can also cause hyper pigmentation and dark spots.
In an ideal world it would be great if we could get into the habit of using a broad-spectrum moisturiser 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.
But don’t panic if you are already seeing the results of too much sun exposure and you are struggling with pigmentation already. Luckily there are some great products in the beauty halls now that can help. And for bespoke recommendations to tackle pigmentation, tell the Beauty Editors at Powder a bit about your skin and they’ll tell you the best products for pigmentation.
Some of the most effective ingredients to fight pigmentation are salicylic acid, chamomile extract and glycolic acid. They help brightening the skin, as well as exfoliating and smoothing its texture. Exfoliating, it is worth mentioning, is really important because the skin cycle gets slower with ageing, and cells pile up on the surface of the epidermis. Then, buffing away dead cells aids to speed the renewal process, and consequently helping you to get rid of the unwanted spots.
With so many options on the market it can be hard to know which to rely upon. We’ve picked some of the game-changers on the market, which can really help with pigmentation. Not only will they will help you fight uneven skin tone, they will also nurture, soothe and revitalize your skin.
Dermalogica’s Pure Light SPF 50 improves skin’s brightness and is ultra hydrating, plus it provides broad-spectrum sun protection. Its formula includes red algae, and a powerful peptide that aids in regulating melanin production.
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.
Formulated for mature skin, Dr. Hauschka’s Intensive Treatment for Menopausal Skin rebalances the complexion and reduces the appearance of blemishes. Additionally, it also calms and lightens dull, lackluster skin.
Elizabeth Arden’s Anti-Ageing Targeted Skin Tone Corrector luxuriously perfects the skin by brightening dark spots. It also minimizes visible signs of ageing, such as crow’s feet, wrinkles and fine lines. Its formula is antioxidant-rich, and it has a silky texture that works well under makeup.
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.
The DreamTone, by Lancome, exquisitely evens out the skin, which is left gorgeously smoothed and brightened. Texture-wise, it feels like a serum, yet it is effective as a primer. It contains hydroxyphenoxy propionic acid, pro-xylane and salicylic acid, plus micro seaweed maitake extracts.
Packed with supercharged botanical extracts, such as pomegranate flower and olive leaf extract, the SuperSkin Face Serum, by Liz Earle, boosts collagen and stimulates cell renewal. It targets uneven skin tone, plus it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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.
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 Brightening Lotion. A tri-peptide helps to renew the skin’s texture, while an anti-inflammatory calms the skin, and amino acids combat dullness.
Gentle enough to be applied once a week, Philosophy’s Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel lightens and replenishes dull skin. It buffs away dead skin cells, and helps to improve the complexion’s texture. It combines AHA derived from bitter almond with glycolic acid and phytic acid, which means it brilliantly reduces dark spots and fine lines.
Chantecaille’s Retinol Intense replenishes the skin as it has anti-inflammatory action. It helps rebalancing skin’s texture, as well as minimizing fine lines and dark spots. As it contains retinol, it also aids the production of collagen and cell turnover.
The Anti Pigmentation Face Formula works by restoring skin’s optimum moisture levels, reducing the appearance of lines and pigmentation, while protecting your skin from further damage.
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.
Thanks to Vitamin A technology, Hand Chemistry’s Retinoid Complex can improve skin’s appearance in just two weeks.