Patchy skin and dark spots is caused by a build-up of melanin. Too much sun can cause hyperpigmentation which with age only increases. Pregnancy or being on hormonal contraception can also cause hyperpigmentation, usually in woman that are Mediterranean, Arab, Asian or Hispanic. Another reason for hyperpigmentation could be injury to the skin, such as spots or cuts.
It's most important to always wear sun block and wear a hat to keep your face away from sun exposure. Choosing specific skincare can help aid the fading of pigmentation.
Ingredients to look for are vitamin C, vitamin B3, retinol or glycolic acid.
Lixir Skin – Retinol
This acid increases cell turnover, stimulates collagen and elastin production, fade hyperpigmentation, and help skin stay hydrated and glowing without irritation. The cell turnover means it not only aids hyperpigmentation but also helps with acne and dry skin.
Lixir Skin – Vitamin C Paste
Vitamin C helps to prevent melanin production. Plus, it will lighten pigmentation but does not lighten normal skin. Vitamin C is one of your most valued elements for healthy, glowing skin!
Dr Barbra Sturm – Enzyme Cleanser
We recommend this cleanser as it’s just as important for hyperpigmentation as the cream you apply after. It contains fine grain powder, which turns into foam with water, to buff the skin of dead cells while vitamin C and enzymes even out the skin’s complexion. Use the cleanser two to three times a week alongside your regular face wash. You’ll notice your skin looks brighter, as dead skin is buffed away and discolouration lightens.
Dr Barbara Sturm – Sun Drops
This innovative, light-textured sun serum for the face provides SPF 50 protection. An active complex of Cassia Extract, Vitamin E and Beta-Glucan protects the skin and promotes the regeneration of damaged cell structures. A few drops of the serum can be mixed with your face cream or applied undiluted.
Josh Rosebrook - Nutrient Day Cream SPF 30
This dual-action day cream performs as a regenerating moisturizer and natural, broad-spectrum sunscreen. Whilst delivering a potent combination of distinct herbal actives and plant oils to repair, moisturize and protect skin. Unique herbal synergies release skin transforming anti-inflammatories, antioxidants, fatty acids and phytonutrients proven to firm, reduce redness and assist the skin in regeneration. This luxurious, lightweight cream finishes matte, smooth and comfortable without a white cast. Packed with high quality uncoated, non-nano, high micron zinc oxide to provide effective sunblock against skin-damaging solar rays.