THE #1 QUESTION WE GET DURING SUMMER
- harsh scrubs
- birth control
- "pregnancy mask"
- improper hair removal
- hormonal changes
- a genetic predisposition
WHAT WE RECOMMEND:
HOW DO THEY WORK?
- Sun protection: Use a physical sunblock, such as this one from Raw Elements USA or this one from W3LLPEOPLE. It's important that you use a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide as the active ingredient because it blocks most of the rays that will worsen dark spots.
- Exfoliate: Over time, consistent exfoliation enhances cell turnover, stimulates collagen production, and reduces the appearance of dark spots. Try one of these exfoliants or take our skin mood quiz to find out which one is best for you.
- Retinoid/Retinol (concerns: thins the skin by prematurely removing skin cells, increases skin's sensitivity to light, can be drying, can cause irritation, vitamin A toxicity, can disturb fetal development in pregnant women)
- Chemical peels (concerns: can cause hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, in some rare cases can cause scarring, herpes flare ups, and fungal infections, phenol is used in chemical peels which can cause heart, liver and kidney damage)
- Hydroquinone (concerns: skin irritation, thinning skin, darkening of normal skin color)
You’re not alone. Although most women get frustrated by it, remember that your body is an amazing creation and hormonal side effects like these are just evidence of that. The Repairing Facial Serum will help fade the discoloration but in the mean time, allow yourself to consider the beauty of what your body has accomplished in the “imperfections” it has left behind. Be patient with yourself and your body. Remember that your “pregnancy mask” was your body’s way of helping protect itself. That is reason to celebrate.