Let's talk hyperpigmentation, otherwise known as dark spots. Now, before I get into some remedies on how to help with dark spots, I wanna first encourage you that you are 100% beautiful with or without dark spots. And if you don’t quite believe that yet, I encourage you to look in the mirror and just consider a new truth. I think sometimes thats all we need to see ourselves in a different light. Consider that you are beautiful because of the uniqueness of your skin’s coloration, not even discoloration, just the coloration of your skin, that it’s beautiful just the way it is.
What is hyperpigmentation? It starts with melanocytes. Melanocytes are pigment-producing cells, and when they’re unhealthy, or damaged or overworked, they can produce excess pigmentation. The most common cause is sun-damage, but some other things can cause it as well, like harsh scrubs, popping pimples, genetics, improper hair removal, and pregnancy. Some remedies to avoid: retinol, retinoid, chemical peels, hydroquinone. All of these are common to treat dark spots, but they all have one thing in common: they weaken the skin. They can thin skin, increase it’s sensitivity to light, cause irritation, dryness and in some cases, even worse inhibit fetal development in pregnancies, or cause heart, liver or kidney damage.
Here’s what I will recommend: products that are rich in naturally occurring Vitamin C inhibit our Repairing Facial Serum is an excellent example of this. The other thing I’ll recommend is a toner that brightens and evens skin tone like our Rosemary Toner.
Two other things that I recommend are to use a mineral-based sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, and to use an exfoliant that helps increase cell turnover so that your skin can have a more even tone.
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