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Uneven Skin Tone: Everything You Have Always Wanted To Know
We bet you’ve heard the term “uneven skin tone” thrown around the beauty industry a lot. The truth is, there are several professional products that can help bring out your most radiant skin and even out your complexion. You won’t, however, find one quick fix solution for all uneven skin concerns. Sorry!
Uneven skin colour or tone can be the result of several factors, not just hyper-pigmentation. Redness in certain areas on the skin, sun spots, dull skin and age spots can contribute to an uneven skin complexion. These conditions can create uneven tones that could become worse over time without the right treatments or products.
Science says this is the key to understanding your skin tone:“Melanin” is the main substance that controls the colour of your skin, apart from genetics. It is made in skin cells known as “melanocytes” and when they become clustered, they produce a darker effect on the skin. In lighter-skinned individuals, a blush white tissue by the haemoglobin, under the dermis is a controlling factor in their skin tone along with melanin.
Different types of Uneven Skin Tone
Understanding what type of uneven skin complexion you have can help to establish what products would help you achieve an even skin tone. Scroll down and take a peek at the different types of uneven skin tones, how they are caused and what you can do about it.
Hyper-pigmentation and Uneven Skin Tone
You may have come across this common skin condition, which is characterised by patches of skin that are darker than your overall skin tone. Hyper-pigmenation occurs when there is excess melanin, the substance that controls skin tones. It can be caused by skin injuries, inflammation and sun damage. The overproduction of melanin in areas where there is a concentration of melanocyte cells is what leads to hyper-pigmentation. The areas of skin that heal following acne can also cause discolouring or dark spots.
The Dermalogica Powerbright Products have been designed to help protect your skin from harsh UV light as well as even out your skin tone.
Another great product range is Guinot Newhite, specifically the Brightening Day Cream or the Brightening UV Shield that can help to slow down the production of melanin and further protects against UV light.
Redness and Uneven Skin Tone
Many of us get flushed cheeks and redness on our faces when we physically exercise. Most of the time, it goes away relatively quickly but in some cases, there are other factors that can cause a frequent redness on the facial skin. Redness on the skin can be the result of several causes including an allergic reaction or extra blood that rushes to the surface of the skin to promote healing or ward off irritants.
Products that are recommended by skin therapists include Guinot Crème Red Logic, which strengthens the epidermis with Aloe Vera and Calendula, and Ark Anti-Redness Serum, which helps to protect sensitive skin that is easily irritated. These products can boost your skin's own natural defence while moisturising and reducing inflammation.
Age Spots and Uneven Skin Tone
Also known as “solar lentigines”, age spots are usually found on the face, shoulders, hand and arms - places that are vulnerable to sun exposure. Because sun exposure can cause age spots, UVA and UVB protection is an important part of prevention.
Sun Spots / Sun Damage and Uneven Skin Tone
The sun is responsible for many skin problems and sun damage is common among all people that have been exposed to high amounts of sunlight. The increase and clustering of melanin can create an uneven appearance on your skin. The sun spots or sun damage can be prevented by applying SPF15 or higher, with UVA and UVB protection, whenever you have to be out in the sun for extended periods but once the damage has occurred, products such as the Guinot Concentre Anti-Taches can aid the repair process, lightening the affected areas. It does this through the combination of Vitamin C and E, Actiwhite, Melanoxyl and Cellular Life Complex.
When there is sun damage present, it is even more important to keep your skin protected from further damage from the sometimes harsh sun.
Dull Skin and Uneven Skin Tone
Your top layer of skin sheds on a monthly basis before the age of 30 but as we grow older, this process slows down. Lack of hydration can further lead to an uneven, dull complexion. Skin fatigue can also be behind a general dullness in the skin as well as air pollutants, yo-yo dieting, smoking, alcohol and poor nutritional habits.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel helps to promote the natural moisture balance in your skin while removing debris and impurities.
Another great product for dull, uneven skin is the Dermalogica Multi Active Toner can help the skin to take on more moisture naturally. It is a light facial spray that hydrates and refreshes, creating a smooth surface.
Conclusion: What Can I Do Next?
Uneven skin tone is a condition that affects many of us and while we try to do our best to avoid the sun or irritants, it is not always possible. If you are uncertain of what to do next or what products you need for your skin, check out our Digital Skin Therapist which can guide you through the steps you need to take to discover radiant, healthy skin.
Simply complete a Jersey Beauty Skin Profile today to have a Skin Therapist recommend the best solutions that you can benefit from. Uneven skin tone is not a life sentence - it can be managed with the help of professional products that work on every skin type.