Prevention is Better Than Redemption.
You must wear sunscreen every day to protect your skin not just from sunburn but from sun damage. Sun damage and Hyperpigmentation are not instantly visible, often the cells are being damaged over a period of time before any hyperpigmentation or dark marks rise to the surface of the skin. A sunscreen with SPF50+ is ideal in the Australian Climate.
Boost Your Actives.
Look for skincare with active ingredients known to fight hyperpigmentation, melasma, sun damage and brown marks. You want your active ingredients to increase skin brightness, cell turnover, reduce inflammation and exfoliate the skin. Our favourite ingredients to do this are Alpha Arbutin, Niacinamide, AHAs, BHAs and Vitamin C.
Keep Up Your Exfoliation.
A good exfoliation routine is an integral part of keeping Hyperpigmentation, brown marks, melasma and sun damage at bay. By using a combination of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) and a BHA, (Beta Hydroxy Acid) like Salicylic Acid, as chemical exfoliants, they will reduce excess melanin by breaking up pigmented cells and shredding the dead skin cells faster. Some of these acids, like Salicylic Acid, may even help to slow the skin’s melanin production. Look for products with acids like Salicylic Acid, Tranexamic Acid, Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid.
Gold Standard Treatment.
When it comes to Hyperpigmentation, Melasma, Sun Damage, Age Spots or Brown Marks there is one ingredient, the world over that is considered to be the Gold Standard in treatment. This ingredient is Hydroquinone. Hydroquinone is a lightening agent, that works by disabling Melanocytes (Melanocytes make Melanin which produces skin, eye and hair colour). When the Melanocytes are damaged (sun, hormones etc) they can overproduce Melanin which may then result in the visible brown mark/patch/freckle on your skin’s surface.
When it comes to anything in this life, consistency is key, and this couldn’t be more true of fading Hyperpigmentation, brown marks, age spots and Melasma. Keeping your Hyperpigmentation at bay is a lifestyle (haha), but seriously. Look for a treatment product that will help to fade the existing and visible Hyperpigmentation, while the rest of your skincare routine is working to maintain a healthy, hyperpigmentation-free complexion all year round.
The John Plunkett Superfade 3-Step Skincare Routine is formulated to work together at multiple levels of the dermis to help combat unwanted hyperpigmentation, melasma, and age spots.
*Always read the label and follow the directions for use.