From prevention to daily care and aesthetic fixes, here are the best ways to banish dark spots for a flawless complexion
Did you know that spotless skin can subtract over a decade from your age? According to an Austrian study, facial discolouration can make you look up to 12 years older. The good news is, with skincare and aesthetic advances today, hyperpigmentation can be easily treated.
Excessive sun exposure, pollution, inflammation and hormonal imbalance may cause cells known as melanocytes to become damaged over time. This results in excess and uneven melanin in the skin, and consequently, skin discolouration, freckles, dark spots and even melasma begin to surface. Since sunlight is the key culprit for pigmentation, minimising exposure to direct sunlight is top priority. Also be sure to invest in a broad-spectrum sunscreen and slather on a coin-sized amount daily, even when indoors. Besides shopping for a sunscreen with high SPF protection against UVB rays and ‘PA’ defence against UVA rays, antipollution formulas, as well as antioxidants also help to reduce free radical damage that contributes to hyperpigmentation.
Include spot-targeting products in your daily beauty ritual. For best results, look out for ingredients such as vitamin C, retinol and niacinamide (vitamin B3). Dr Tan Ying Zhou of Simplistiq Aesthetic Clinic explains, “Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and provides a range of benefits such as making the skin fairer, boosting collagen production, strengthening your skin’s defence against UV exposure and improving your skin’s natural healing response.” Alpha hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid, lactic acid and citric acid, and beta hydroxy acids such as salicyclic acid exfoliate the top layer of melanin-filled cells to reveal clearer skin.
If you’re using sunscreen and brightening products liberally to no avail, a laser may be your best bet. Consider Simplistiq Aesthetic Clinic’s Q-Switched Laser. This treatment works by directing a beam of energy that is absorbed by melanin in your skin. This breaks the melanin into smaller fragments which are easily processed and eliminated by the skin. After just a few sessions, this treatment clears freckles and age spots effortlessly while brightening the skin at the same time. More stubborn acne scars and melasma can also be reduced after a few sessions. Beyond addressing pigmentation, this popular, multipurposed and highly customisable laser may also be tailored for your specific skin needs and concerns. It can effectively remove dirt, dead skin cells, oil and superficial facial hair for thorough detoxification. It may also treat acne, prompt skin rejuvenation and enhance overall skin luminosity. You’ll emerge from your laser treatment at Simplistiq with flawless skin and newfound confidence.