Turmeric, arsenic, honey, lemon, tiger grass, burning face masks, glow tonics, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It seems apparent that a whole lot of time has been invested in the quest to even out skin tones, and little wonder. Dark spots, acne scars, sunspots can not only look Mar perfect complexions, but they also can also contribute to signs of aging and, if history is anything to go by, most of us will try almost anything to avoid that. Although the vast array of snake oils may seem overwhelming, there are a few key ingredients experts say are worth looking out for. Read on to find out which ones they say are most effective.
Uneven Skin Tone
The major causes of uneven skin tone are hyper-pigmentation, hormones, sunspots, and discoloration due to scarring from acne. Sun exposure can lead to an excess of melanin or pigment production in the skin which can create freckles and dark spots. Contraceptive pills and hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy can also cause discoloration, as can exposure to pollution and environmental factors.
While there are numerous professional brightening treatments available many of them are quite risky. According to Kristine Colman, dermal therapist, “You risk hypopigmentation, which leaves you with a loss of pigment.” While it may be tempting to use Intense pulsed light (IPL) photo facials, chemical peels, and cryotherapy, which yield fast results, it may be best to consult a dermatologist before going these routes.
Ingredients To Look For
If you’re still bearing the evidence of your latest breakouts, you may want to try something which contains soy proteins, which help eliminate blotchiness and redness. A word to the wise: look for ones containing an SPF, as sun exposure can turn red marks into more permanent ones.
Melanozyme is a mushroom-derived enzyme that breaks down melanin responsible for producing dark pigments in your skin. However, beware of products with retinoids and hydroquinone which can create redness, burning, and dryness. Colman says, “Hexylresorcinol concentration at 0.5% has proven to be just as effective as 2 % concentration of hydroquinone.”
If you want to keep things in the flora and fauna family, a number of plants, such as angelic root and yomogi have been known to speed cell turnover and break down melanin to fade dark spots and acne marks. Colman recommends licorice for skin lightening and arnica flower extract, a known anti-inflammatory, for brightening.
Hydroxy, Glycolic, Kojic, and salicylic acid all act to remove dead skin cells, smooth out fine lines, and even out skin tone. The most effective products combine these with skin brightening ingredients.
Vitamin C is one of the most commonly used skin brightening ingredients. Its antioxidant properties lighten hyperpigmentation and prevent further spots from developing.
If these ingredients don’t do the trick, You can always try light diffusing makeup. Keep in mind that the key to the even looking skin is the way the light reflects off it. Pigmented, rough skin does not reflect light in the same way that young healthy skin does. Translucent finishers and iridescent powders will boost skin tone while covering imperfections.
What do you think works best on evening your skin tone? Let us know! We love hearing your voice!