Can you feel that change in the air too? As the days are growing longer and the sun is shining brighter, we welcome the spring and summer months with excitement. After all, it's the time for beach days, BBQs and outdoor frolics. As fun and carefree as these seasons may feel, they do come with the need for a diligent skincare routine to prevent one common concern: pigmentation. So, we'll guide you on how to protect your skin and keep pigmentation at bay, while making the most out of the warmer months.
First things first, what's pigmentation? Pigmentation simply refers to the darkening of the skin due to the overproduction of melanin, which is the pigment responsible for our skin's colour. Some degree of pigmentation is both natural and healthy, but excessive pigmentation can lead to dark spots, melasma and freckles. And these concerns become worsened by sun exposure, making it essential to take action.
Antioxidants are your allies
Add antioxidants into your morning skincare routine. Products rich in vitamin C can help to neutralise free radicals that are caused by sun exposure. Simply put, antioxidants work in synergy with sunscreen to enhance your skin's defence against pigmentation.
Proper hydration is crucial for healthy skin and maintaining your skin's natural barrier function, which reduces the risk of pigmentation. Be sure to drink enough water and use a hydrating moisturiser to lock in moisture, especially if you're spending extended periods outside in the sunshine or in air-conditioned environments.
Sunscreen is your shield
The cornerstone of pigmentation prevent is sunscreen. Whether it's cloudy or not, use it every morning after your skincare. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. Apply it generously to your face, neck and any exposed areas of your body as your finish your morning skincare routine. Reapply every two hours, especially if you're swimming or exercising.
Incorporate retinol (vitamin A)
Retinol is a form of vitamin A, and it's a powerhouse skincare ingredient known for it's ability to assist with just about every skin concern, particularly pigmentation. It works by promoting skin cell turnover and therefore reduces the appearance of dark spots and an uneven skin tone. Use a retinol-based product in your night-time skincare routine. Whether you like to skin cycle or not, be sure to use it consistently and follow the instructions on the product to avoid excessive dryness or irritation. Remember: never sandwich a retinol product into your skin (e.g. don't seal a retinol in with an oil-based product).
We recommend The Foundation: Smoothing Retinol & Vitamin C Lotion
Regular, gentle exfoliation can help to remove dead skin cells and improve skin texture. Look for products that contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) or beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). Be sure to exfoliate once or twice a week, depending on your skin type. Be cautious not to over-exfoliate, because this can make your skin more susceptible to sun damage.
We recommend Canvas: Resurfacing AHA & BHA Treatment
Consult a professional
If you've already got pigmentation and need some help, consider consulting a dermatologist or skincare professional. They can recommend treatments like chemical peels or laser to address your concerns. If you'd like to talk to us, you can always book in a free personalised consult too. We'd love to help you out, just book in here.
As you enjoy the beauty of spring and summer this year, remember that smart skincare and sun protection are your allies in both preventing and treating pigmentation. Because who doesn't want to enjoy the sunshine, without compromising their skin's health?! Welcome the warm seasons with confidence.