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How to: Put an End to Pigmentation
Tue, 8 May 2012 4:20PM
Seeing spots? Good. You’re bang-on trend. Super cute, fresh and feminine, spots and dots are having a moment in the fashion sun.
But hang on, Horatio! This is PRIMPED, not The Sartorialist, so let me shift a gear from fashion to the face. Above the neck – beanies and scarves not withstanding – dark spots are not de jour.
So leave the spots on the skirt, and erase unevenness in the skin.
Here’s how to approach (very unfashionable facial) pigmentation:
Pigmentation is: caused by a change in the skin pigment. Melanin is the natural pigment that gives skin its colour and natural protection, so everyone has the potential to show over-pigmentation on their skin. It is also at the source of age spots, dark spots, freckles and hyper-pigmentation, which increase as we age. When skin is exposed to UV rays (especially the burning UVA rays), releasing free radicals in the skin, excess melanin production can be activated in specific areas, leading to these skin discolorations.
Pigmentation is not ageist: It can strike at a young age or when UV exposure is becoming apparent. UV Rays darken the melanin pigments within the skin’s surface and the epidermis also they cause the melanin synthesis to over activate.
Pigmentation can be covered: Especially if you use a primer. Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer, $48, Estée Lauder, is a gel-cream formula that diffuses light to create an even canvas. Follow with foundation and if you need more coverage over pigmentation spots, gently press over the areas with a small amount of extra foundation and set with powder. Or try a BB cream and ‘spot’ areas with Becca Highlighter Illuminating Wash, $43, Becca Australia on darker spots.
Pigmentation hates cleansing: It’s good to thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate daily as this can help to remove the top surface layer. Although pigmentation runs far deeper than the epidermis, stimulating the complexion always helps to make it appear more refreshed and vital.
Pigmentation also deeply dislikes laser: Recently I lost my laser virginity to Clear + Brilliant, a clearly brilliant in-salon treatment that gently erases pigmentation over three treatments. I had what I thought was one big bad spot on my cheek and now it’s a mere shadow of its former self. Literally.
Pigmentation can be treated: Using skincare that ‘whitens’ or targets pigmentation. Here are my picks to target spots, dots and anything in between.
- Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum,$167, 1800 225 032
- Elizabeth Arden PREVAGE Clarity Targeted Skin Tone Corrector, $210, 1800 015 500
- Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Eventone Age Spot Hand Crea, $7.99, 1300 19 19 18
- Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, $65, Kiehl’s
- Dr Weil for Origins Mega Bright Serum, $95, Mecca Cosmetica
- Antipodes Apostle Skin-Brightening & Tone-Correcting Serum, $59, Adore Beauty
How do you put pigmentation in its place, Primpettes?
Posted by: ecb