Winter is the best time to sort out your pigmentation issues.
Our climate is such that most of us suffer with pigmentation at some stage in our lives. And while hormones, medication and stress can cause pigmentation, the sun is still the number one culprit.
Before you start treating your pigmentation, you should know exactly what it is. Basically the pigment in your skin is called melanin (the darker your skin, the more you have of it). Melanin is created by cells called malonocytes. When melanocytes are over stimulated, they over produce melanin; this is what we see on the surface of the skin as pigmentation. It can take ages for this damage to reach the surface, so even if you’ve been avoiding the sun for a few years, damage from before can still be causing a problem.
Thankfully, there are some amazing products on the market to help treat and prevent pigmentation. Most of them work by exfoliating the top layer of your skin; this is why it is better to start a skin brightening routine in winter, as the exfoliation reveals new skin that you don’t want in strong sunlight. The one thing you must remember when using brightening products is to wear sun protection every single day, otherwise you’ll just be wasting your money. Make sun protection a part of your daily routine, even after you’ve finished your brightening routine, as this will help prevent further pigmentation from occurring.
The introduction of European brands into the likes of Dischem and Clicks means that we have access to wonderful products at drug store prices. Here are five brands that have great pigmentation treating ranges:
Avene D-Pigment (R345 – R370) uses stabilised Vitamin C to fight existing and prevent future pigmentation. The hero of the range is the D-Pigment Brightening Serum.
SVR Clairial (R530 – R660) contains a patented depigmenting formula and Vitamin C to target stubborn dark spots, as well as hyaluronic acid to combat any dryness. The best product for me is the Complete Corrector Anti-Dark Spot Radiance Serum.
The just launched La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar range (R222 – R343) has shown amazing results at trial. The product I want to try most is the Intensive Dark Spot Correcting Serum.
Uriage Depiderm (R230 – R345) utilises Nicotinamide (vitamin B3) to even out the skin tone. The hero is the Intensive Depigmenting Skin Care Serum.
BioNike Defence B-Lucent (R150 – R295) relies on Gentian Root extract to tackle dark spots, and stop them from forming. The Skin Evening Concentrate is the strongest product in the range.
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