Anyone experiencing skin pigmentation can appreciate the effort that goes into trying to conceal uneven, pigmented patches. The most important thing is to prevent pigmentation from occurring in the first place.
One of the main causes of this skin condition is UV exposure – even if you can’t see pigmentation on the surface yet, it is likely lying dormant in the deeper layers of the skin waiting to surprise you.
The best tip we can give you is to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin. For those of you who already have visible pigmentation, we’ve got some product picks that can help you to reduce the appearance of these pesky patches of pigment:
Aspect Pigment Punch is a gentle pigment inhibitor, containing no dangerous skin-lightening chemicals. Pigment Punch safely and innovatively fights a whole host of pigmentation concerns: age spots, brown spots, freckles, hormonal marks, blotchy/uneven skin tones and even red/brown acne scars. Boasting ingredients like Tyrostat, Vitamin E and L-Lactic Acid, this serum is formulated to brighten, protect, calm and hydrate the skin. This product can be used twice daily, and is suitable for all skin types, especially those with skin concerns like hyperpigmentation, melasma and photodamage.
Containing a revolutionary combination of antioxidants, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic boosts your skin’s natural protection against free radical damage and environmental ageing. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic contains 15% pure L-ascorbic Acid and 1% Alpha Tocopherol, while the addition of Ferulic Acid (0.5%) doubles the formulas potency. This super-antioxidant serum penetrates the skin quickly and is perfect for use in conjunction with a broad spectrum sunscreen.
Designed to reduce the appearance of photo damage and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, Cosmedix Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum is a gentle yet powerful product that targets dark spots and other visible discolouration for a more even-toned complexion. Loaded with ten plant-based brightening ingredients, Cosmedix Simply Brilliant 24/7 Brightening Serum targets existing pigmentation while preventing further damage. This serum is suitable for most skin types and is gentle enough to use daily.
The Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum is a water-based corrective serum to help target pigmentation, brighten your skin and restore even tone. Containing revolutionary bioactive ingredients from New Zealand, including Waiwera Mineral Water to restore essential moisture, as well as antioxidant-rich Vinanza Performance Plus to address facial redness and the melanin production that can cause discolouration. The subtle exfoliating action of Kiwi enzymes and soothing Oxifend derived from red grapes, with Mamaku Black Fern and Reishi mushroom assist with healthy cell renewal.
Retinol has been proven to improve skin clarity and texture, promote anti-pigmentation, and demonstrate anti-acne and pore-minimising effects, resulting in a more youthful skin appearance. Medik8 Retinol 3 TR is an optimised serum containing 0.3% encapsulated all-trans retinol in its purest and most active over-the counter form. Retinol 3 TR is a potent serum shown to reduce uneven skin tone and signs of past blemishes, as well as fading existing hyperpigmentation and increasing the skin’s defense against future damage. A broad spectrum sunscreen must be worn when using a retinol-based product, as this ingredient can increase the skin’s sensitivity to UV exposure.