Have you noticed discoloration on your face now that summer's about to end? These are often most noticeable at this time because of sun damage that causes dark patches and an uneven skin tone. To reverse this sun damage and welcome brighter, gorgeous skin, you need to follow this advice.
First, You Need to Add a Scrub To Your Weekly Routine
If you've just noticed your facial discoloration, that means that it's probably a surface skin issue. The good news about this is that it's easy to eliminate. You just need to remove that surface skin where pigment resides so your skin can clear right up. You can do this with a simple exfoliating product and you should use it once or twice a week. The bonus of a scrub is that it also gets rid of dead skin that can make your complexion look dull.
Should You Consider A Chemical Peel?
Sometimes skin exfoliation doesn't work quickly or well enough, causing you to want a more invasive treatment. A chemical peel is a type of deep exfoliation that can be beneficial to your skin if it’s discolored. The only downside is that chemical peels have a long recovery time of several days and many common side-effects that you will be stuck with during that period. These include dryness, flakiness, and redness.
An alternative to a chemical peel is to use an exfoliating scrub that contains skin-lightening ingredients, so you get the exfoliation and brightening up of your skin in one go. Best of all, if you choose a natural product, you prevent the use of harsh chemicals and there's no recovery time required.
Boost Your Skin Health with a Lightening Lotion
You might need something stronger than exfoliation for your more stubborn pigment, such as a cream or lotion. The good thing is that once you've been using the face scrub with natural lightening ingredients, you've prepared your skin for more intensive lightening. Exfoliation also helps any skin-lightening products you use to get better absorbed because it removes the barrier of dead skin. Again, choose natural and safe skin-lightening ingredients in creams, such as aloe, bearberry, licorice, and kojic acid in lotions. For increased lightening strength, look for more than one of these ingredients in the same product as they are stronger when combined.
Always Wear Sunscreen and Cover Up
Since the UV rays are a common cause of patches on your face due to how they accelerate the skin's production of melanin, you really need to wear sunscreen every time you step outside. Even though summer's almost over, this should still be part of your daily skincare routine because UV rays can penetrate cloud cover and sneak up on you when you least expect it, such as through car windows. Your sunscreen will not only prevent new pigment from forming, but it will prevent darkening of the current discoloration you are treating.
In addition to wearing sunscreen, you should cover your skin as much as possible. Wear wide-brimmed hats, wide sunglasses and scarves to keep your skin protected.
Amplify Your Antioxidants
Antioxidants are great in the fight against pigmentation because they target free radicals in the body that cause it. Make sure you not only eat antioxidant-rich foods, such as citrus fruits, berries and tomatoes, but also that you apply antioxidants topically to your skin. Vitamin C antioxidants are the most powerful when targeting pigmentation, so choose a skin-lightening cream that contains Vitamin C to send those brown spots packing.
Discolored patches on your face can be leftovers from summer, but you can remove such sun damage with the right skin-boosting products. Leave summer and pigmentation behind, and head to crisp fall with luminous and healthy skin.