Tuesday, July 23, 2013

glo How-To: Brightening Sun Spots


How to erase sun spots


Whether due to days worshiping the sun, melasma, or simply genetics- dark spots can be a frustrating skin concern for people of all ages and skin types. One common question we get here at glo is how to treat dark spots or hyperpigmentation on the face and neck. Below are a couple easy to follow tips on treating dark spots, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. Before we dive into the treatments, let’s talk about prevention.


Exposure to the sun will not only create dark sun spots, but can exasperate conditions like melasma and hyperpigmentation making the spots darker and more pronounced. In addition, once you start your brightening routine, it’s extremely important to remember that unprotected or excessive sun exposure can delay or inhibit results. Prevent age spots and help keep existing spots to a minimum by applying sun protection daily.


Read below for our recommended routine for treating dark spots, hyperpigmentation and Melasma.


1) Add a brightening exfoliant to your routine - Using an exfoliant to remove dead skin cells and debris will not only leave your skin feeling refreshed, but it will also enhance the absorption of natural brighters. Brightening Polish uses ingredients like Kojic Acid to inhibit the production of melanin (the culprit of dark spots) and Turmeric to help heal sun damaged skin.


Used 2-3 times a week, the Brightening Polish is the first step in creating a brighter complexion. It can also be used as a  brightening mask when left on for 5-10 minutes. Brightening Polish is recommended for all skin types except for very sensitive skin and acneic skin. If your skin is sensitive and you would like to treat hyperpigmentation, Daily Polishing Cleanser is a great choice. The gentle formulation cleanses and polishes the skin with Salicylic Acid and Jojoba Beads while Sepiwhite, a lightening agent made from natural amino acids, helps to create a radiant, even skin tone.  


2) Apply a Morning and Evening Serum - To see the best brightening results, it’s important to create a consistent routine. Using a Vitamin C Serum every morning will give your skin the antioxidants it needs to look and feel its best. Vitamin C Serums promotes wound healing and suppresses cutaneous pigmentation. In the evenings, try adding a serum with mild exfoliation benefits and a brightening ingredient like Renew Serum. Adding Renew Serum  will aid in cell renewal, even skin  tone and allow other brightening ingredients (from your Spot Treatment Serum) to be more effective.

3) Add a Spot Treatment Serum - Both the Brightening and Lightening Serums are specifically formulated to visibly reduce the appearance of dark skin spots. These serums contain active ingredients like Azelaic Acid to combat hyperpigmentation. When used as a spot treatment daily, these serums will target discoloration and create a fresh glowing complexion. Which serum is right for you? Take a look at this post on the differences between our Brightening and Lightening Serum.
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