Fall and Winter are the best times of the year to work on getting a smooth even skin tone for a couple of reasons. The rays of the sun are less intense, and we typically have shorter daylight hours during this time of the year.
What is Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin production that can lead to dark marks and uneven skin tone on the face and the body. Hyperpigmentation tends to be more pronounced in black and brown skin were there is an abundance of melanin.
Factors that trigger hyperpigmentation include
- Sun Exposure – The UV rays of the sun are responsible for skin discoloration and premature aging.
- Skin injuries and bruises – The healing of cuts and bruises and can result in hyperpigmentation
- Inflammations and breakouts - When your skin goes through an inflammatory phase, such as acne or eczema, it may go into overdrive and produce these darker spots after it heals.
- Hormonal Changes – Pregnancy hormones can cause melasma. It occurs when patches of dark pigmentation appear on the face during and after a pregnancy.
- Maturing/Aging Process – The overall dulling and thinning of the skin due to slower cell turnover can result in dark patches. Also, age spots that form because of a lifelong of sun exposure.
How to avoid Hyperpigmentation
- Avoid direct sunlight – wear a hat, use an umbrella, and avoid being out during peak sunlight hours
- Always Apply SPF even in the winter months. UV damage occurs anytime the sun is up even during the cold winter months
- Incorporate Brightening Actives like Vitamin C, Niacinamide and Alpha Arbutin into your beauty routine.
- Avoid picking and scratching irritated skin. Scratching or picking acne or bug bites can result in inflammation and lead to darker pigmentation
Effective Treatments for Hyperpigmentation
Our Brightening Body Lotion with Vitamin C is a hydroquinone-free fade cream for the entire body. It contains the following high performance skin care ingredients for the best results.
- Vitamin C - Evens skin tone + Promotes collagen production
- Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) - Brightens skin + Reduces acne
- Alpha Arbutin - Lightens dark spots + Even out skin tone
Finally, always use sunscreen. Choose sun protection that is at least SPF 15 and use it daily,