The Skin, Sun and Hyper-pigmentation

             It still amazes me how so many people still don’t make the connection between sun exposure and hyper-pigmentation. I can’t even begin to count how many times this same conversation has happened with different people .

New friend – ” So you’re an esthetician ?? Does that mean that you rub the skin and put on creams and potions? “

        Me    – ” Well, actually, I perform a facials and peels, wax various areas of the body, apply makeup, and advise clients on the best skin care products for their skin care concerns or needs.”

New friend – ” Oh…I used to have some acne (scrape, scratch, scar etc ) here (points to spot) and after it finally went away I was left with these reminders. What can I put on to get rid of the dark spots?”

       Me   – “Tell me a little about your skin care routine?”

New friend – “I wash my face with a cleanser that I bought at CVS and I put on moisturizer .”

      Me  –  “What are you doing to treat the hyper-pigmentation and protect your skin from the sun .”

New friend-  “All I do is wash and moisturize.”

          Me –                                        ARHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH !!!!!!!!!!!!!

         Sunscreen is not one of those products that should sit idle on a shelf waiting for a day at the beach to get some action. Sunscreen is an everyday, 365 days a year product. Here’s the cliff notes version of why it’s so important to wear SPF, especially if you’re combatting hyper-pigmentation or prone to it.

The skin’s natural defense to the sun is a tan. A tan is a sign of skin injury. Any time the skin is injured (scrape, scratch, acne, cut etc ) the skin’s natural response to heal itself is by sending melanin to the surface of the skin. If you are not protecting your skin from the sun, (topical vitamin C and SPF 30 are a dynamic duo ) you’re only allowing the problem to worsen.

        There are products on the market to treat and correct hyper-pigmentation, but make it a priority to protect your skin from further damage by applying sunscreen. You wouldn’t feed, bathe, and love on your dog only to send him out into a busy intersection ?

         Reason’s I’ve heard for not applying SPF

“It makes me break out “

“It’s in my makeup”

“I’m never outside, I just drive 45 minutes to work but I’m in my car.”

“It feels goopy and my makeup doesn’t go on well over it.”

“I wear it when I go to the beach or lake.”

         –  There are noncomedogenic sunscreens on the market. Which means that the product won’t clog your pores.

        –  Makeup may have a SPF of 15 (on rare occasions a mineral may have a 20 SPF) but 30 is the magic number.

        –  Being in your car in not like being in a bat cave. Most people have more hp on the left side of their face from sun exposure while driving.

        – Sample and check out many different sunscreens. Some are so light weight and silky feeling they go on like a makeup primer.

        – It’s great that you wear it to the beach and lake but it’s needed everyday !

Enjoy !

Nikki

Glo Skincare Boutique

831.595.6585

I’ve had freckles for as long as I can remember. I don’t ever remember a time when I had even skin tone. All I ever wanted was to have porcelain skin. Even as an early adult, when it was still customary for a young girl to tan, the skin on my face would just get blotchier with every sun experience. I envied the girls that could achieve the even golden glow . Now that I’m closer to 40 than 20 I’ve come to embrace and work with what God gave me. If in need of a little color I opt to bronze rather than bake.

In order to understand hyper-pigmentation you’d have to understand that  not all spots are created equally. There are three most common categories of pigmentation issues.

Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation- the darkening of the skin after an inflammation (pimple) has healed.

Lentigens-freckles

Melasma- darkening of the skin due to hormonal changes (pregnancy, birth control pills  etc.)

Now having written that I will say that the first two are easier to treat and correct but the third is not hopeless. It’s now possible to correct and treat pigmentation issues while still maintaining the integrity of the skin.  There are many salon treatments including Vitamin C  Facials as well as superficial peels that may help you move in the right direction but, most of the work will be done on your part. Your first line of defense is a great offense.  A Vitamin C serum layered with a SPF of (at least) 30 EVERYDAY is a great start.  Topical Vitamin C has been shown to increase collagen synthesis ,( which means plumper skin) improves the appearance of sun damaged skin, reduces skin damage from free radicals and increases the moisture content of the skin. The SPF is so that existing damage (spots ) don’t get any darker and it helps to prevent any further damage.  You’re evening maintenance will depend on how aggressive you want to be with your treatment. Pigment correcting products run the gamut from “all natural”  to the more commonly used retinols and HQ serums.  Some of these products can be irritating if not used correctly so it’s best to consult  a skin care professional before diving in.

 

I know that I’ve done well when most people can’t see the remains of my chilhood spots. I’m no doll but my skin is as close to porcelain as it’s ever been !

 

Enjoy,

Nikki

 

Glo Skincare Boutiq

 

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