THE PIGMENTATION PROTOCOL

Delve into these skincare-superheroes to banish your dark spots.

 

Last year we all read about ‘Glass Skin’ - heralding from Korea, it was a trend in beauty that was all about clear, reflective skin so loaded up on hyaluronic acid and water-based toners it was glass-like it appearance. This year, the skincare style from Seoul is ‘Cloudless Skin’. The trend is less focused on hydration and more on clarity; to have cloudless skin you have to be without blemishes, without redness and certainly - certainly - without pigmentation.

While a little awareness of inflammation (& our Anti-Blemish Booster) can calm the first two of those issues, the latter is rather more difficult to tackle. Pigmentation exists at every level of the dermis - surface and base. That’s because it’s caused both externally, with sun damage, and internally, with hormonal upheavals.

Surface level pigmentation can be post-inflammatory pigmentation - often the result of acne or burning - but primarily it is often sun-damage. UVA rays from the sun stimulates cells that manufacture melanin, the pigment that is not only responsible for your tan but also unwanted dark patches. These dark patches or ‘sun spots’ can often take weeks, months or even years to fully develop - the majority of sun damage remains under the surface of the skin, unseen.

 

Pigmentation can also manifest due to hormonal reasons - this is called melasma, and typically exists deep within the dermis until pregnancy (although can be brought out with the contraceptive pill, sun damage, medication or even stress).

 

Both types of pigmentation can be solved with a combination of topical & clinical solutions - here’s how.

VITAMIN C

A highly potent antioxidant, Vitamin C is used to incur even skin tone, collagen production and in cases with a strong concentration of the active, soften and eventually remove the appearance of pigmentation. It takes time (as all good things do) but consistent vitamin C use will absolutely produce a complexion that is bright and youthful.

 

RETINOL

Otherwise known as Vitamin A, Retinol has become a must-have in the beauty bag of skintellectual everywhere. It targets everything from fine lines, large pores, uneven skin tone and texture. The ingredient promotes skin renewal and encourages collagen production by speeding up the epidermal regeneration cycle. One of the advantage of sloughing off old cells and welcoming fresh ones is also a complexion free from pigmentation.

 

IPL

While topical products should generally be enough, sometimes they need to be used in conjunction with the clinic. IPL - Intense Pulsed Light - is a light-based treatment that targets sunspots, melasma and pigmentation in general. The light penetrates deep below the skins surface, breaking down melanin (aka pigment) which eventually rises to the surface and naturally sloughs away.

 

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