What can I do to lessen discoloration to get brighter skin?
Regardless of the cause, the solution is pretty much the same. There are four main focuses for getting the skin to appear more even-toned and ultimately, make it look brighter.
1. Exfoliate regularly. (But not daily!)
The best way to dissolving and breaking apart discolored cells is to use an exfoliating acid serum several times a week. Recommended products: Lira’s Pro Cleanser, Enzyme Cleanser, or Circadia’s Amandola Cleanser with Lactic Acid. I recommend other serums and products depending on your skin type so make an appointment today at Radiant You Skin Solutions to see which exfoliating acid serum is best for you.
Then, a physical exfoliator scrub such as a facial scrub like Lira’s Illuminating Polisher can You can also apply a product containing retinol, as this too will help stimulate cell turnover to get discoloration to appear lighter. With exfoliation, however, be sure to follow the instructions for usage because you don’t want to overdo it and cause irritation.
2. Use a pigment-brightening product.
Applying a brightening serum daily will help fade pigment significantly. I recommend beginning with one that doesn’t require a prescription and that contains the vitamin C active ingredient, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, like Circadia’s Vitamin C Reversal Serum or Lira’s ProC4 or C15 Cream. This is a proven melanin suppressor to put pigment cells asleep and lighten stubborn discoloration with continued use. Just remember, it’s important to address brown patches as soon as possible. (Such as after a beach vacation.) Since skin cells have a memory, the longer the skin pigmentation is present, the longer it may take to fade. Sometimes, a topical skin bleach prescription is needed, but using a well-formulated vitamin C serum is a really good place to start.
3. Wear sunscreen daily.
Without a doubt, sunscreen will greatly reduce how long the hyperpigmentation, whether caused the sun, heat or a blemish, will stay on the skin. What’s important to understand is that UV daylight (even on a cloudy day in January) will keep pigmented cells active whenever it sees the skin. The goal with discoloration is to put pigment cells asleep and if they are woken up due to daylight (or sunlight), they will remain on the skin longer.
So many people are hyper-focused on skin brighteners, bleaches, and acid exfoliators to be the cure-all but aren’t aware that good work being done can go to waste if you’re not keeping daylight away from the skin’s surface. Simply put, if you want a bright skin, you have to wear sunscreen daily. It must be applied generously to the skin and be worn during all daylight hours, 365 days a year. Recommended sunscreen: Daily Protection SPF 30 or 50 because it uses both chemical and physical sun-protecting ingredients for inside-out protection.