Our skin changes as we age, it’s a fact. Throw hormonal and environmental changes into the mix plus stress and lifestyle factors, it’s no surprise that we can see evidence of the effect of these factors on our skin. What worked on your skin 10 years ago may not work now because what you see when you look in the mirror is different. Hyperpigmentation is one of the skin issues that we can experience as we age. In fact, anyone can have hyperpigmentation issues at any age however, they become more common as we age.
Dermalogica has created a solution for anyone who has hyperpigmentation. It’s called PowerBright Dark Spot Serum. PowerBright Dark Spot Serum is an advanced serum with high-tech ingredient technology that starts fading dark spots in just one week, and over 4 to 8 weeks, reduces the size and number of dark spots whilst boosting skin’s luminosity. This could be the solution that many people have been looking for!
Before we look at PowerBright Dark Spot Serum, let’s clarify what we mean by hyperpigmentation…..
What is hyperpigmentation?
Lots of us have pigmentation on our skin from birth, for example birthmarks and freckles. These are part of your natural skin colour. These aren’t hyperpigmentation. When we talk about hyperpigmentation, we are actually talking about pigmentation that we acquire like darker spots or patches that develop on our skin. These newer areas of hyperpigmentation can be caused by a number of different factors.
What causes hyperpigmentation?
Your skin produces a protein called melanin. Melanin forms like a sun umbrella over the nucleus in the skin cells, this a form of self defence. The melanin is trying to protect cellular DNA from damage. If cell DNA is damaged, we get mutations, which is what happens with skin cancer development. Sometimes the skin produces irregular amounts of melanin in response to a variety of internal or external triggers. This overproduction can lead to color-clumping at the skin’s surface causing dark spots.
Unprotected sun exposure is the best-known trigger for melanin production (think about the tan you get from a day at the beach). It’s also the leading cause of dark spots/age spots. The good news is, this type hyperpigmentation is widely considered to be the easiest type to treat. Plus wearing sunscreen everyday will help protect your skin from further UV ray damage.
Tiny airborne particulate matter (PM) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from pollution can both become lodged in skin’s deeper structure. This oxidizes the surrounding tissue – leading to free radical damage and triggering an inflammatory response that results in hyperpigmentation.
During pregnancy, we often see melasma, also known as “the mask of pregnancy,” on the face. This can be either temporary or permanent, and is caused by hormone shifts during pregnancy. Even medications such as birth control can induce hormonal dark spots.
Any trauma to the skin, whether it’s a wound, breakout, or even the result of a medical procedure such as resurfacing or laser hair removal, can cause melanocytes to be damaged over overstimulated, resulting in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). Think of the mark that’s left behind after a spot has healed. This is hyperpigmentation caused by the breakout.
How can dark spot production be stopped?
Melanogenesis is the process by which melanin gets deposited in the skin. While pigment formation is an ongoing process in our skin, certain triggers – like sun, pollution, free radicals, hormones and inflammation – can accelerate it.
There is some amazing science that goes on at the skin level in the whole melanogenesis process but here is what you need to know. Simply put, there are several steps involved in the making of melanin to it’s transfer to a cell in the skin. These steps also involve enzymes and multiple reactions. So basically, when we think in terms of overproduced melanin, if one of these steps is interrupted, the process can’t happen and the overproduced melanin can’t be transferred to an area of the skin, causing a dark spot to appear.
How does PowerBright Dark Spot Serum help hyperpigmentation?
Dermalogica have optimised the combination of active ingredients in PowerBright Dark Spot Serum to interrupt the production of melanin and help balance out uneven skin tone.
Hexylresorcinal and Niacinamide together work to reduce excess pigment in the skin and inhibit its transfer into skin cells. These two ingredients work together to prevent dark spots from appearing.
Shiitake Mushroom, Blackcurrant Oil and Peony Flower help brighten the skin and even out skin tone.
Skin shielding actives protect against pollution-induced dark spots. Pollution particles can become lodged in the skin and oxidize the surrounding tissue, leading to free radical damage and uneven pigmentation.
Light-diffusing technology balances the appearance of uneven pigmentation within days.
The clinical study results are pretty amazing! Dark Spot Serum starts fading dark spots in just one week, and over 4 to 8 weeks, reduces the size and number of dark spots whilst boosting skin’s luminosity! If these don’t convince you to give Dark Spot Serum a try, nothing will!
For the full lowdown on Dark Spot Serum, watch our all you need to know video guide. In this video, Jen chats with Victoria, Dermalogica’s Education Executive, all about PowerBright Dark Spot Serum, what it is and how to use it.
PowerBright Dark Spot SerumStart fading the appearance of dark spots within daysSkincare30ml: £75.65
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