Control over Pigmentation and Melasma
Pigmentation is an extremely common condition for people of all ages, race and gender. Pigmentation is what we call when referring to the amount of melanin in the skin, which provides color in the form of freckles, sun spots or sometimes a greatly uneven or dull-appearing skin tone.
What can we do to prevent and take care of it? Let’s dive into some common myths about pigmentation.
Fact or fiction:
Pigmentation and melasma are the same thing.
False– While the conditions are close, the difference lies in the cause or etiology of the skin darkened appearance. Pigmentation is primarily associated with sun exposure while melasma is a change in skin tone associated mainly with alternative changes in the body like hormonal changes (e.g. pregnancy), birth control pills, and even some skin care products.
Any area where a change in skin tone occurs in high concentration may also be referred to colloquially as hyperpigmentation, freckles, or sun spots, which is why the terms are often used interchangeably.
A skin expert will be able to review the client’s case history, notate the unique qualities of the skin and recommend services and topical solutions accordingly.
“Dark spots” only occur in older adults.
False– Everyone has melanin in their skin. Discolouration, whether from sun exposure or from hormonal changes, may experience pigmentation or a form of melasma. These skin darkening patches, small or large, may occur in any adult population 18-95.
Pigmentation only occurs on certain parts of the body.
False– Melasma dark patches can appear almost anywhere – cheeks, forehead, bridge of your nose, upper lip, chin, neck and decolletage, all visible areas to the sun. Pigmentation areas may also occur anywhere but often find themselves most concentrated in areas of high sun exposure- the head and shoulder region, however other areas like the chest, back, ears, extremities are not immune to the effects of sun exposure.
Speaking of the sun, protecting yourself with sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater is the best way to prevent and sometimes even reverse the appearance of melasma. Ensure the sunscreen also has both UVA and UVB protection. Importantly, this is also recommended by the skin cancer foundation as a major way to prevent health risks.
Staying in the shade, wearing protective clothing and staying hydrated all are great pillars of sun-safety to remember.
Focus Care Radiance+ Products to the Rescue
Environ’s revolutionary 3-step Mela-Smart System™ is comprised of 4 innovative products that work together to help inhibit the appearance of the effects of the 6 complex steps involved in the formation of hyperpigmentation. For the optimal results, combine the Radiance+ Range with your daily Vitamin A step-up system routine.
Products include: C-boost mela-even cream, Mela-Prep Lotion (toner), Mala-fade serums (A/B)
Additional Solutions for Pigmentation Concerns:
Intense C-Boost Mela-Even Cream
Vitamin C is the powerful ingredient at the heart of the Mela-Even cream. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and critical for healthy-looking skin. Use this cream to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation by slowing the effects of melanin production and preventing new brownish spots from forming. Use twice daily. This cream is also beneficial to promote plump-looking skin, addressing fine lines and wrinkles at the same time.
C-quence Energising Mask
Rarely is a product so popular and effective that it lasts the test of time. This mask is one of those products. Both a gentle micro-exfoliant and dramatic skin brightener, the C-quence Energizing Masque is something to use when you feel the skin is dull, uneven, and needs a powerful pick-me-up before the next family get-together date night, event, or presentation.
Youth EssentiA Antioxidant Defence Creme
Packed with antioxidants and essential vitamins, this creme can be paired with your daily serum to improve the appearance of your skin and protect the skin against harmful pollutants.
Focus Care Mositurize+ Vita-Complex Super Moisturizer
When the sun touches the skin, it not only affects the melanin production in the skin, the sun exposure often produces a drying effect. Therefore, moisturization is an important aspect of pigmentation and melasma control. The Vita-Complex Super Moisturizer is a luxurious solution created to enhance the skin’s natural protective barrier while helping it feel nourished, moisturized and refreshed.
Youth EssentiA Vita-Peptide C-Quence Serum
Packed with Vitamin E, lycopene and five natural amino acids that work synergistically to revitalize skin’s appearance and keep it looking younger, this serum is often recommended in conjunction with a daily Environ moisturizer.
*Use this serum as well as your moisturizer with an at-home micro roller to increase the product’s penetration-efficacy up to 80%. Check out our “Tools of Skin Care” blog for more information.
With the motto, “Cleanse, tone, moisturize, and protect,” the last part implores us to use sunscreen as part of a daily skin care routine. Ask us about our expertly crafted sunscreen from ISDIN.
Eryfotona Actinica is a lightweight, all-mineral broad spectrum sun protection. The formula contains DNA Repairsomes®, naturally occurring enzymes which are clinically proven to repair existing sun damage.
How to Fix Skin Pigmentation and Melasma Concerns
The best outcomes for pigmentation is a combination of effective home care products and professional in-office services.
- Consider your sun safety options- sunscreen and clothing protections
- At home, use products rich in Vitamins A, C, E, skin brightening boosters and serums specific to your skin care needs.
- Ask your skin care expert which services will best address your skin pigmentation or melasma concerns in conjunction with your daily skin care routine.
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