Living in Australia, sun damage is quite the common ailment. After all, most of us are exposed to damaging UVA and UVB rays on a daily basis, even throughout the depths of Winter. One common side effect in particular is hyperpigmentation, AKA the darkening or discolouration of the skin’s outer layer.
Turn Back the Clock on Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage
Hyperpigmentation is a totally harmless form of discolouration, unlike some moles and freckles which can turn out to be cancerous. We know you don’t need the spiel, but here it is anyway — get your moles checked, girl! Back onto hyperpigmentation, though. It usually presents itself as pale brown markings that are flat and unevenly shaped. Sun exposure is the most common contributor to hyperpigmentation, but other factors can also cause it, including hormonal imbalances.
With a pretty large portion of the Aussie population experiencing some form of this as they age, the skincare world have responded — and loudly, at that. There are hundreds of varied formulas available that claim they’ll lighten and brighten those dark spots, leaving you with perfectly even, glowing skin.
To help you turn back the clock effectively, we’ve rounded up our favourite products to target skin pigmentation, including cleansers, scrubs, serums and more. Keep on reading to find out our go-to additions that’ll help balance out even the peskiest of imperfections.
Finding cleansers that effectively attack hyperpigmentation can be difficult, to say the least. Often found in gel or oil-based formulas, cleansers need to focus on stripping away makeup, dirt and debris without upsetting the skin’s moisture balance. However, the skin experts over at Dermalogica have managed to seamlessly merge brightening, cleansing and anti-ageing benefits into one coveted product.
Enter the Dermalogica AGE Smart Skin Resurfacing Cleanser. Designed to tackle the physical signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and fine lines, this product relies mainly on Lactic Acid to re-texturise the skin. Dull surface debris is gently buffed away, encouraging quicker skin cell turnover. Not only does this ensure fewer lines and bolster collagen production, but it also reveals fresher, newer layers of skin that are less deeply affected by hyperpigmentation and sun damage. Vitamin E is also integral to this formula, calming and repairing the skin whilst the Lactic Acid works its magic.