Regardless of how much sun exposure you’re getting, pigmentation can be an issue for most, if not all Australians. Pigmentation in the form of freckles, age spots, hormonal marks or uneven skin tone can simply pop up on your face, even when you think you’re doing all you can to prevent them. Add these essential steps and products to your skin care routine to help minimise the signs of pigmentation.
Use a mask weekly
Dial up your complexion’s radiance with a face mask applied at least once a week; Nuxe Brightening Perfecting Masks feature brightening ingredients sourced from white flowers and porcelain rose to address spots while keeping skin soft and hydrated.
Apply a serum
Supercharge your skin care with a concentrated formula that can be applied under your moisturiser both day and night. A product like Aspect Pigment Punch features a blend of lactic acid to exfoliate the skin, vitamin E to nourish the surface and Tyrostat to gently fade pigmentation.
Moisturise every day
On the daily, opt for a moisturiser that has ingredients to fade pigmentation and even out your skin tone. Elucent Whitening Day Moisturiser SPF 30 is a lightweight lotion that’s great for popping on in the morning before foundation. Don’t be scared off by the ‘whitening’ label – it doesn’t mean it’s going to leave your face looking pale and pasty. The addition of safflower seed oil will brighten your complexion, while vitamin B3 helps achieve a more even skin tone.
Focus on an area
For pigmentation areas that require more work, try a spot treatment that can be applied in addition to your regular skin care regimen. Lancôme Blanc Expert Spot Eraser is formulated with special anti-spot ingredients to inhibit melanin production, which reduces unwanted marks on your face as well as prevents them from popping up in the future.
Try a treatment
For those with lots of pigmentation like stubborn melasma, a treatment like a Mesoestetic Cosmelan Depigmentation Peel could be right for you. “This is a once-off peel treatment that both fades existing pigmentation and decreases the skin’s melanin production by inhibiting an enzyme called tyrosinase,” says registered nurse and director of Privée Clinic, Natalie Abouchar. “It’s great for situations that are difficult to treat with laser due to possible post-treatment hyperpigmentation, and laser treatments may not be suitable for those with darker skin tones. Another benefit of the peel is that it’s a one-off treatment, and it can be done any time of year, not just winter.”
Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.