While some women are lucky enough to have perfect skin, it’s not that way for everyone. If you’ve never experienced uneven colouring you won’t know what a pain it can be. It’s tempting to resort to piling on make-up, but realistically you’ll be left looking cakey. Instead, you need to find out why your skin tone is uneven. Here we look at the reasons this can occur and what you can do to sort the issue.
It’s not news that lying out under the midday rays isn’t good for you; we all know that in 2014 sun protection is where it’s at. If you don’t wear a strong enough sunscreen you are at risk of developing dark spots, which are caused by the pigment melanin that the body produces to protect skin from the sun. Most make-up has SPF in it these days, as do moisturisers. If the brand you like doesn’t, even invest in sunscreen to wear under it or switch over.
High levels of oestrogen can cause dark patches to develop on the skin. This is why it is important to chat properly to your doctor when deciding on the right birth control for you.
This is a natural side effect when skin is healing from a trauma, but it can cause discoloured patches.
Yet another reason why it is best not to squeeze spots – the scar could create a dark spot.
Everyone’s skin is different and it might be that you are more predisposed to skin discolouration that other people.
“When it comes to hyperpigmentation, your genes are the gun, your hormones are the bullet and the light exposure is the trigger,” cosmetic surgeon Dr Harold Lancer told British magazine InStyle.
If you have dark spots don’t despair, there are things you can do to help. Retinol can help fade hyper pigmentation, so look for night creams which contain it.
There are also a number of new products designed particularly to fade discolouration. Lancôme’s DreamTone tackles dark spots and comes in three versions, one for fair skin which may have problems with redness, a medium version for those who are sallow and a dark skin product for those who have blemish marks.
L’Oréal’s Skin Perfection range is for young women in their 20s and 30s whose lifestyles might impact their skin, leaving it blotchy and uneven. There is a serum, eye cream, moisturiser and a Complexion Correcting Blemish Balm which comes in fair and medium and helps even and brighten skin tone.
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