One of the biggest issues facing a good majority of women over 30 right now is handling dark spots and discoloration (i.e hyperpigmentation.) All those carefree days in the sun with low SPF (or NONE, as the case may have been) are starting to come back to haunt us as ghostly little (and sometimes not-so-little) dark spots and uneven skin tone. How do you wage war on dark spots for a more even complexion? Take notes, folks – we’re going in:
- If you have extreme discoloration, PLEASE see a dermatologist first to make sure it’s not a symptom of something more serious. If they’re just annoying but not completely distracting, please proceed.
- Use products that break up the melatonin that’s gathered under the skin. Don’t just go for lightening agents, go to the source and break up the party.
- Like all skincare regimens, diligence is rewarded. Give something a good 1-2 weeks to see results.
- Listen closely: you MUST USE SUNSCREEN to protect your hard work and to keep future spots from forming. Stay out of the sun as much as you can, but if you must PLEASE go for the highest SPF you can.
My top product recommendations :
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Corrector ($49.50) -A fantastic product I love and have written about before. It uses Activated C (the newest generation of Vitamin C) which works with white birch and peony extracts to go beneath the skin and break up melatonin clusters. It also decreases melatonin production AND it prevents clusters from forming and rising to the surface. Sold at Kiehl’s stores and counters nationwide.
SkinCeuticals Pigment Regulator ($85) – I cannot say enough about this product. It’s the accepted medical standard to reduce hyperpigmentation as well as protecting from future discolorations by using kojic acid and emblica along with a brilliant exfoliating blend to improve uneven skin tone. It inhibits the production of excess melanin, prevents excess melanin from hitting the skin’s surface, and breaks up melanin clusters to diminish existing discoloration. Sold through their website, dermatologists and fine spas/medi-spas nationwide.
Luminaze Catalytic Skin Tone Illuminator and Dark Spot Corrector ($120) – Another genius product, it contains a patented natural extract harvested from a mushroom that grows on trees high in the Swiss Alps, which has an amazing effect on dark spots and uneven skin tone. It visibly breaks down excess melanin and boasts results within about just 7 days. Sold at Nordstrom and Sephora stores nationwide.
The sun is coming back out again, so let’s not stack more damage on top of old. Correct those dark spots and give yourself confidence!