What is pigmentation?
Dark spots, age spots, sun spots….
You may not have deep frown lines or wrinkles around your eyes and lips, but you may start feeling as if your skin is not as bright and clear as it was when you were 16 – i know it has happened to me recently as well. This is probably thanks to uneven skin tone. Now, we’re not talking a few sweet freckles around the nose and cheeks. But what I am referring to is the bigger, uneven brown patches on not only the face but also on the hands, décolleté and sometimes even on the shoulder areas. It’s these dark patches – especially on our face that are usually of bother and that that is known as pigmentation, caused by both internal and external reasons like sun exposure and specifically the UVA rays which penetrate deep into your skin and cause ageing. Pollution is also a huge cause of pigmentation unfortunately. Other causes of pigmentation are internal such as hormones in pregnancy as well as after an inflammation such as a trauma producing a scar.
We have all heard about UV rays; UVA rays to be more specific stimulate pigment cells which are found in our skin – these are called Melanocytes and they manufacture the pigment called Melanin. This is responsible for your tan and also your unwanted dark patches”. These sun spots may take up to 10-20 years to develop, so if you notice some showing now it could have been caused when you were a child. Do you remember the days when we covered ourselves in oil and went in the sun all day? The damage caused back then can come back to haunt us later. UVA rays are present all year round and not only summer that is why we need to use sunblock everyday and not just when sunbathing in summer.
Pollution amplifies the damage caused by the suns rays – the pollution causes a level of stress in our skin that results in the melanocytes also producing more melanin and in our skin appearing dull. In some cases you will end up with spots or patches on the skin.
I myself got a small area of light pigmentation on my forehead 🙁 I am usually always very careful on applying sunscreen everyday. But since I take a hormonal contraceptive pill I am also more at risk. For all those on any sort of hormonal contraception – the pill; the coil; the patch or the implant were u advised by your doctor to use a sunblock everyday? I know I wasn’t way back when I started taking the pill a good 16 years ago.
So how do you prevent and treat pigmentation?
A good cleansing routine is imperative. A gentle scrub used twice a week and good face wash according to your skin type. I am using the La Roche posay physiological gentle scrub and La Roche Posay Toleriane wash at the moment as my skin is quite sensitive lately.
La Roche posay have a very nice pigmentation range which include the pingmentclar cream, the Pigmentclar serum and Pigmentclar eyes. The Pigmentclar cream is to be used by day it has a creamy texture and has an SPF 30. I have never tried it out myself but I do have several clients who use it and love it. In the morning I am now applying Anthelios ultra comfort which is a sunblock which is good for dry skin like mine. Sunblock is imperative all throughout the year when dealing with pigmentation whether it is prevention or treatment. La Roche Posay sunblocks will all prevent pigmentation so you know your skin will be safe whichever one you chose to use.
For the evening La Roche Posay have Pigmentclar serum, which is the one I am using. Ive been using it for about 6 weeks and my skin looks more translucent, brightened, even toned, and my sun spots have definitely lightened. My skin texture has also improved, feeling silkier and more refined. This super lightweight, gel serum absorbs extremely quickly into my skin leaving a fresh, clean finish (despite using three pumps over my face and neck). The packaging is also very clean and streamlined. The smell is quite pleasant as well.
This anti-dark spot serum is formulated with La Roche-Posay’s thermal spring water, which is a best-seller on its own, and it is also highly concentrated in LHA, Resorcinol, Gingko and Ferulic Acid, ingredients which have been found to be beneficial in diminishing the appearance of dark spots. I am very happy with the results so far and look forward to seeing how my skin will look in 4 more weeks! So if you have any sort of sun spots or pigmentation I truly recommend it. When dealing with issues like pigmentation we need to keep using the creams even when the visible spots have been dealt with and reduced otherwise they will reappear.
La Roche Posay have been kind enough to give me 1 serum to give away to 1 lucky winner so make sure you read this post well to be able to answer the question.