Understanding hyper-pigmentation and DIY vs Med Spa methods to obtain your individualized desired color corrected and texture skin goals. The dark spots you are seeing as you begin to age can be a result of a multitude of environmental free radicals that damage the skin such as prolonged exposure to polluted air. Lifestyle choices such as heavy usage of cosmetics, unbalanced diet, un-treated hormonal imbalances, and stress can also lead to unwanted darker skin patches; known as hyper-pigmentation. Your skin is your bodies’ barrier from the outside environment. If you leave that barrier unprotected from UV rays you are susceptible for the most common cause of darker pigmentation and sun damage. Essentially Melanin is a naturally occurring pigment and is the body’s first line of defense against receiving a sunburn. When the UV rays come into contact with the exposed skin; a reaction takes place inside your body where melanocytes work to produce melanin into the skin. The more melanin pigment melanocytes produce, the darker the skin will be. The ultraviolet rays that continue to contact your skin after the melanin has run out will instead become absorbed by skin cells and lead to skin problems. Dreaded sun damage or also called “age spots.” If the hyper-pigmentation is minimal I encourage you to follow this DIY natural remedy:
Ingredients: 1 lemon (Peel the outer skin and use a juicer to extract the lemon juice but slicing in half and squeezing works fine) use 1/4 cup of unrefined brown sugar (enough to make a paste).
You will apply this mixture on the cleansed targeted area. The lemon is a natural skin bleaching agent so as the brown sugar gently scrubs away dead skin cells, the lemon will be actively deep cleaning the area as well as aiding to the lightening of any dark patches. The frequency of this at home treatment is up to your skin type. It is not recommended to exfoliate more than twice per week. Spread at home treatments apart as it can lead to dryness and stripping of the skin’s natural oils. Please keep in mind that these at home remedies can sometimes to more harm than good to the skin. It is recommended to see a skincare professional for a consultation prior to doing any self- treatments. Lemon acidity does make your skin more sensitive to the sun’s rays. This is for little to minor beginning stages of melanin over production. In the effort against skin lightening you should add the most potent anti-aging natural ingredients to your daily regimen. Ascorbic acid commonly known as Vitamin C is by far the most potent Tyrosinase inhibitor and thereby directly reduces melanin production in skin. Mushroom Extract and licorice root also inhibit the enzyme Tyrosinase while anti-inflammatory properties aid in fading suntans. Invest in a good bronzer that works for your skin type; don’t damage your skin!
You can find these natural wonder lighteners bottled into a clinical grade serum packed with other beneficial ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to keep skin soft/supple and Ferulic acid with Vitamin E to enhance the collagen synthesis effects. This serum is produced by Herbal Skin Solutions and sold exclusively to skin care professionals. Your esthetician can order this clinical grade, natural lightener for your daily use.
If you are looking for immediate stronger results to erase hyper-pigmentation “sun spots” consider having an esthetician microneedle the CIT enhancement serum into your skin with the CIT pen. Collagen induction therapy is a non-ablative procedure which promises results comparable to deep peels or laser treatments. CIT is by far more affordable and with little to no down time. It involves puncturing the skin multiple times at high speeds with small needles to break up and evenly disperse melanin. This procedure works to improve tone and texture of scaring, boost collagen production, and restore skin tightness while reducing wrinkles or fine lines. This innovative discovery in modern skin therapy is not only a procedure that has to be done in a clinic environment. If your licensed professional is certified this procedure could be practiced in the comfort of your own home.