Isn’t it time to get back your original skin tone? Although they are not life-threatening, but they are just unattractive to look at. They comes in different names – freckles, melasma, hyperpigmentation, liver spots, age spots, brown spots, skin discoloration plus sun spots – but whether you like or not, they just make you look older.
For many of us, they are no better than grey hair or fine lines. Concealing them may look promising, but can you bear to see your skin plastered with makeup? There’s absolutely nothing empowering about feeling like you have to mask your complexion.
Why do dark spots appear on your skin?
Hyperpigmentation comes in various forms. Dark spot is one of them. The skin tone begins to be uneven. This is a sign of high level of melanin, a pigment that makes your skin darker after exposing to the sun. As the aging process sets in, melanocytes which deposit melanin in our skin cells work less effectively. This will lead to the accumulation of melanin in some areas and eventually you will notice the development of brown spots.
Melanocytes are like octopi with long arms. As you walk out from your house in the sunny morning, they spread these out and leave melanin in the skin. By doing so, your skin is protected against the sun. But over the years they become damaged and fail to control the production of melanin, causing hyperdrive which leads to the appearance of brown spots.
These usually start small. They appear to be horizontal, black, grey or brown and there is a good chance that they form a cluster. So the overall effect can be of a larger spot. And they occur on the body’s most visible areas: shoulders, hands and faces. Don’t be surprised if you see liver spots in your thirties, but you should see more of them when you reach mid-forties.
The thought of attaining blemish-free complexion and even skin tone is possible today. Quit paying attention to costly methods of fixing your skin flaws and consider ways to enrich your skin without harmful substances. I think you like it because your diet stays the same! The battle against discolored spots and uneven skin tone is winnable.
The first step is to get rid of dead skin cells. This can be done using exfoliation. Repeat several times in a week.
The second step is to use a good sunblock. After exfoliation, your skin will become more sensitive to the sun. Applying sunblock is a good measure against UV rays, and it also prevent the development of sun spots in the future.
Don’t miss this step: Before you call it the night, apply a good skin lightening cream on your face because this is prime time for skin cell regeneration, allowing the products to work better.
Finally, at least once a week you need to pamper your skin with a lightening facial mask that contains brightening compounds such as papaya and vitamin C.
Please note that there are some products that have both exfoliating and lightening functions. Try to find those with Vitamin C. Vitamin C, depending on its formulation, can both exfoliate and lighten, but only if it’s the right formulation. Get some answers from a specialist and make sure you don’t get the wrong formulation by doing your research.
As far as exfoliation is concerned, the products should contain AHAs such as lactic acid or glycolic acid. Retinol is another effective exfoliating agent. Or for a gentler method, enzymes are great. Usually there are no irritations using enzymes on skins and they will also give the skin an amazing glow. Papaya and pineapple are great enzymes if you prefer this more gentle, yet effective exfolian.t
You’ll need to apply both an exfoliating ingredient as well as a whitening agent to experience the optimum results. They are the perfect combination! Chances are you are not getting the desired results if you leave any of them out.
Like anything, patience is key. Make sure you make it a habit to follow the routine each day. Gradually your skin tone will improve.