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How to Prevent and Fade Sunspots and Pigmentation with Natural Skincare
Prevent and Fade Sunspots and Pigmentation with Natural Skincare
Natural skincare for even skin tone and glow.
With the Summer months upon us we are so lucky to live in a country with plenty of sunshine and long days by the ocean. Our lifestyle comes with sun, sand and surf and with that the potential for sun damage in the form of sun spots and hyperpigmentation. Nobody wants their complexion marred by the presence of sunspots and pigmentation, these blemishes can make you feel self-conscious and affect your confidence. But fear not, because we have done the research for you and compiled an arsenal of techniques that will help you prevent and treat the appearance of sunspots and hyperpigmentation.
First things first, let’s understand what exactly causes these skin issues. Sunspots, also known as age spots or liver spots, are flat, brown or black spots that typically appear on areas of the skin exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. On the other hand, hyperpigmentation refers to the darkening of certain areas of the skin due to an increase in the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for our skin colour. Now that we know what we’re up against, it’s time to explore the methods that can help control, prevent and fade these skin concerns once and for all. From topical treatments to LED support, we’ll uncover the secrets to achieving a flawless complexion. Get ready to say goodbye to sun spots and pigmentation and hello to clear, glowing skin! Stay tuned as we reveal the tried and tested approaches to prevent and fade sunspots and pigmentation with natural skincare.
What Natural Ingredients are Best for Treating Sun Spots and Hyperpigmentation?
When it comes to treating sun spots and hyperpigmentation, natural ingredients can be incredibly effective. Not only are they gentle on the skin, but they also provide a host of other benefits that can improve the overall health and appearance of your complexion.
Vitamin C: One natural ingredient that is renowned for its ability to fade sun spots and pigmentation is vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant not only helps to brighten the skin, but it also inhibits the production of melanin, which is responsible for dark spots. Vitamin C serums or creams can be applied topically to target specific areas of concern. The AMALA Brighten Weightless Vitamin C Water Cream is a clinically proven formula boosting a highly active form of vitamin C designed to address dark spots and pigmentation concerns on a daily basis. The addition of White Mulberry Extract works to inhibit the pigment production while Wheat Bran Oligosaccharides (Gluten free) inhibits melanin production decreasing visible pigmentation. This cream can be used morning and night, is lightweight, and wears well under your daily SPF, making it perfect for summer.
Niacinamide (AKA Vitamin B3): Another natural ingredient that has been proven to be effective in treating sun spots and hyperpigmentation is niacinamide. Also known as vitamin B3, Niacinamide works by inhibiting the transfer of melanin to the surface of the skin, thereby reducing the appearance of dark spots. It also helps to strengthen the skin’s barrier function and improve overall skin texture. The VENN Vitamin B Activated All-In-One Concentrate optimises a broad spectrum of vitamin B and essential amino acids to target hyperpigmentation and sun damage. This is a highly potent and clinically proven formulation designed to address the appearance of skin damaged by the sun exposure. It is an investment and the skin benefits live up to the claims.
Blueberry fruit extract is another natural ingredient that has been used for centuries in traditional medicine for its skin-brightening properties. The high vitamin C and vitamin E content in blueberries help fade away blemishes like sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and other skin marks. The VOTARY Brightening Hyaluronic Serum unifies skin tone and restores radiance to dull skin. Specially designed to treat hyperpigmentation this formula brings the hydrating benefits of Hyaluronic Acid to improve overall skin function, Blueberry extract for vitamin C prowess and the antioxidant rich narcissus (daffodil) flowers- not only able to brighten up spring gardens but your skin too! It helps reduce and prevent brown spots by interrupting the melanin production chain.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) such as glycolic acid and lactic acid can exfoliate the skin and promote cell turnover, resulting in a more even complexion. AHAs are easily incorporated into your daily skincare routine, whether it be in the form of cleanser, a serum or a face mask.
Lactic and Mandelic acids are a form of natural AHAs that provide powerful exfoliation and promote cellular turnover and renewal. The VOTARY Radiance Reveal Mask is formulated with a powerhouse duo of mandelic and lactic acids. A highly active resurfacing mask to exfoliate evenly to help reveal your very best skin. Because acid exfoliation can sensitise skin, VOTARY have included a proven calming complex of natural plant extracts. This mask helps improve texture, even out pigmentation, reduce fine lines, decongest pores and prevent breakouts. It’s a multi-tasking, must-have hero! (VOTARY formulation: 2% mandelic acid, 5% lactic acid.) Smooth over a clean face, avoiding the eye and lip area. Leave on for 5 – 15 minutes then remove with a face cloth and warm water. (Some tingling may occur and this is normal.) Ideal as a weekly mask, but can be used more frequently up to 3 times a week for congested skin. types.
What is the best treatment for a sunspot on my face?
When it comes to treating a sunspot on your face, there are several options available depending on the severity of the spot and your personal preferences. If you are concerned about the severity, size or change in appearance of a spot you should have your skin checked by your GP. If they are happy that it is nothing serious there are some of effective natural skincare treatments to help fade sunspots:
1. Chemical Peels: A chemical peel involves applying a solution to the skin that exfoliates the top layer, revealing fresh, new skin underneath. This can help fade sunspots and improve overall skin texture. The AMALA Clinical Retexturizing Gel Aqua Peel is an instant facial in a jar. Formulated with 15% AHAs and a blend of pre and probiotic seaweed it is clinically proven to fade dark spots while the antioxidant rich Vitamin B5 from Rye Bio-Ferment replenishes the skin barrier. The AHAs from Bilberry, Sugar Cane and Citrus fruits also offer a boost to hydration and promote collagen synthesis. This is an anti-ageing mask in the true sense addressing sun damage, pigmentation, large pores and fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Brightening Face Masks: These clever masks combine skin restoring natural ingredients along with a combination natural sugar derived acids that brighten and natural retinol alternatives that fortify the skin barrier. The VENN Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Resurfacing Mask is a unique chemical mask that gently exfoliates and brightens uneven skin tone. Formulated with nature’s retinol alternative Bakuchiol and fruit enzymes, that work to lift dead skin cells, helping to improve the tone and texture of the complexion. This mask can be used up to three times a week and it is applied to clean skin using gentle circular motions. Leave on for 20 minutes and remove with a warm cloth.
3. Overnight Retinol Treatments: Ingredients such as natural forms of vitamin A and lab derived retinols promoted cell renewal and are ideal for using overnight to keep the skin spot and pigmentation free. Rosehip and retinoid are the dream team. Like all the best combinations, they work in a complementary way to deliver beautiful, nourished skin, and here’s how…
Let’s start with rosehip. Rosehips are the seed pods of roses and are packed full of ingredients that are amazing for your skin. They are used to make tea, anti-inflammatory medications, and skincare. Rosehip oil is pressed from rosehips and contains:
- Vitamins A, C, D and E which contain antioxidants to keep skin rejuvenated and healthy.
- Omegas 3, 6 and 9 which are nutritious fatty acids. They minimise wrinkles and fine lines, boost hydration and restore elasticity and smoothness.
- Lutein, beta-carotene and lycopene – all of which improve softness, reduce sun damage and protect.
Rosehip oil works to smooth the complexion and even-out skin tone. It is intensely moisturising without clogging pores, and improves overall skin condition. It can even help to reduce scars and fine lines by encouraging cellular regeneration and refining the skin’s texture.
The other player in the dream team is equally gifted. Retinoid is made from Vitamin A. All dermatologists agree that it’s a total powerhouse for ageing skin. Retinoid works to increase cell turnover and collagen production, and to increase blood flow to the skin for a more glowing complexion. It’s brilliant for anyone who wants to address ageing issues, texture, adult acne, fine lines and sagging skin. It’s available in different strengths, with some formulas at prescription level. Retinoid needs to be used with care. Dermatologists recommend only using it at night, and to always use an SPF in the morning as retinoid can increase the risk of skin damage. It’s also sensible to introduce your skin to retinoid gradually, using it on alternate nights initially to acclimate yourself.
Combining the power of rosehip and retinoid is a gift for skin, and VOTARY Intense Night Oil does just that, which is why it has established cult status so quickly. This overnight treatment is perfect for pigmented and dull skin. Made with 0.2% hydroxypinacolone retinoate, a gentle, oil-soluble form of retinoid, it encourages the skin’s natural turnover of cells, and reduces the breakdown of collagen without causing the irritation that can be associated with some other forms of retinoid. It improves tone, adds softness and brightness, and means you wake to firmer, smoother skin. Rosehip oil (helped by avocado oil and tomato seed oil) deeply hydrates and nourishes, and helps with pigmentation and the balancing of the skin’s mantle. Acmella flower extract boosts firmness, while Australian sandalwood extract reduces inflammation and fine lines. All of these luxurious ingredients work with the retinoid to nurture, nourish and restore, and to make skin appear softer and more youthful. To use, take four or five drops into your palms, and gently smooth into your face and neck with upward motions. Let it work while you sleep and wake to beautifully even skin.
LED Light for Treating Sunspots and Pigmentation.
LED light therapy has gained popularity in recent years as an effective treatment for various skin concerns, including sunspots and pigmentation. LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, and the therapy involves exposing the skin to specific wavelengths of light to stimulate cellular activity and promote healing. When it comes to treating sunspots and pigmentation, LED light therapy can be particularly beneficial. The therapy works by targeting the melanin-producing cells in the skin, inhibiting their activity, and reducing the appearance of dark spots. It also helps to improve overall skin tone and texture.
LED light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that is generally safe for all skin types. It can be performed in a dermatologist’s office or at home using handheld devices. The treatment is painless and requires no downtime, making it a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles. There are different colours of LED light that can be used for treating sunspots and pigmentation. Blue light is often used to target acne-causing bacteria and reduce inflammation, while red light stimulates collagen production and improves overall skin tone. OMNILUX is the gold standard in at home LED mask offerings optimising decades of knowledge and research, being the number one Dermatologists choice. The Omnilux LED Contour Face Mask is nothing short of remarkable. Four, ten-minute sessions a week will see your complexion transform in around twelve weeks. Not only will sunspots and pigmentation fade you will see a reduction in redness and fine lines with an improvement in hydration and skin texture. Combine this mask with a weekly exfoliating mask and a simple natural skincare routine and you will sporting your best summer skin yet.
Why is Natural Sunscreen Important for Preventing Sunspots and Pigmentation?
When it comes to preventing sunspots and pigmentation, wearing sunscreen is crucial. Sunscreen not only protects your skin from harmful UV rays but also helps prevent the development of dark spots caused by sun exposure. Natural sunscreen is particularly important because it offers protection without exposing your skin to potentially harmful chemicals found in some conventional sunscreens. Many chemical sunscreens contain ingredients such as oxybenzone or octinoxate, which have been linked to hormone disruption and other health concerns.
Natural sunscreens typically use mineral-based ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to create a physical barrier on the skin that reflects UV rays away from the surface. These ingredients are considered safe and provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. In addition to protecting your skin from sun damage, natural sunscreens also offer other benefits. They often contain antioxidants that help neutralise free radicals, which can contribute to premature ageing and the development of dark spots. Natural sunscreens also contain moisturising ingredients that can help keep your skin hydrated and nourished. It’s also important to choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for adequate protection.
Remember to apply sunscreen generously and reapply every two hours, especially if you’re spending time outdoors or engaging in activities that may cause sweating or rubbing off the sunscreen. Read our guide to natural sunscreens!
What’s the benefit in using natural skincare to prevent sunspots and pigmentation?
Using natural skincare products can offer several benefits when it comes to preventing sunspots and pigmentation.
1. Gentle on the skin: Natural skincare products are typically formulated with gentle ingredients that are less likely to irritate or sensitize the skin. This is especially important when treating sunspots and pigmentation, as harsh or abrasive products can exacerbate these issues.
2. Free from harmful chemicals: Many conventional skincare products contain potentially harmful chemicals such as parabens, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances. These ingredients can irritate the skin and disrupt its natural balance. Natural skincare products, on the other hand, are free from these harmful chemicals, making them safer for long-term use.
3. Nourishing and hydrating: Natural skincare products often contain botanical extracts, essential oils, or plant-based oils that provide nourishment and hydration to the skin. This helps maintain a healthy moisture balance and supports overall skin health.
4. Antioxidant-rich: Natural skincare ingredients are rich in antioxidants, which help protect the skin from free radicals and oxidative stress. Antioxidants help to prevent premature ageing and the development of dark spots.
5. Environmentally friendly: Natural skincare products are often produced using sustainable practices and biodegradable packaging, making them a more environmentally friendly choice.
It’s vital to have your skin checked by an experience and qualified health professional for pre-malignant and cancerous lesions. Regular skin checks leads to early detection and gives you peace of mind that nothing more serious is associated with any skin changes. Cosmetic sunspots and pigmentation can then be managed by incorporating natural skincare products into your daily routine, not only to help prevent sun spots and pigmentation but also promote overall skin health.
Preventing and treating sunspots and pigmentation requires a comprehensive approach that includes both natural remedies and professional treatments. By using natural ingredients in your skincare routine and protecting your skin from sun damage with sunscreen, you can achieve a clear, radiant complexion. Remember to be patient and consistent with your skincare routine, as results may take time to become visible. Say goodbye to sunspots and pigmentation with these proven methods and embrace the journey to flawless skin!