While we love sunbathing our days away, our skin would disagree. As we tend to show off a little more skin during the summer, we’re reminded of our dark spots, uneven skin tone, and acne scars — better known as, hyperpigmentation. This can often happen from sun exposure, scarring leftover from blemishes, skin flare-ups, and even fluctuating hormones — causing our skin to darken resulting in dark spots and uneven, discolored skin tone. Wherever it comes from, it doesn’t help the radiant and healthy look we’d prefer to show off. So, to help you lighten up those darkened areas, we’ve put together our favorite at-home hacks and game-changing, skincare essentials to significantly lighten them up to keep your complexion looking youthfully bright and even for summer and beyond.
Regularly exfoliating will help buff away those dead skin cells so new, fresh skin can resurface. With this, those pigmented cells will slowly start to break down allowing them to eventually fade. Finding a cleanser with additional skin-brightening ingredients like Vitamin C and mild-exfoliating agents like natural acids and buffing particles is a perfect solution to help you cleanse your skin all while getting the resurfacing benefits.
Remember: It is possible to over-exfoliate which can result in even more discoloration. So, if you want to be able to resurface your skin every day without overdoing it, we have two favorite exfoliating cleansers that are gentle enough to be used daily.
Brighten with Yogurt
Yogurt naturally contains Lactic Acid, a gentle AHA which is able to chemically exfoliate by loosening up dead skin cells to help new, fresh cells take their place. It’s gentle and as it’s naturally derived from dairy, helping to balance your skin’s pH levels to improve tone, texture, and diminish redness.
TIP: For oily skin, try using non or low-fat yogurt. If you have dry skin, use full-fat yogurt to benefit from the dairy’s natural moisture. And make sure to use unflavored yogurt to ensure you’re benefitting from the dairy’s most natural and potent properties.
For when you want to start fast-tracking those brightening results, our exfoliating treatments will help to dramatically transform your discolored tone by encouraging cell regeneration to properly allow new, healthy, and evenly-pigmented cells to surface.
Wash your face morning and night with our silky, chemical Refreshing Cleanser that’ll help soften, hydrate, and chemically exfoliate skin with milky Pomegranate Enzymes. The natural fruit enzymes will help to remove buildup and loosen dead, dry skin to encourage cell renewal.
Buff away texture with our polishing Regenerating Cleanser, infused with exfoliating Apricot Microspheres which you can use morning and night. The smooth, apricot seed microspheres and BHA from white willow bark will help to both physically and chemically exfoliate to retexturize and promote fresh skin to resurface for a smooth and radiant look.
Polish your skin with our multi-particle Smoothing Body Scrub by massaging onto dry skin before you shower to retexturize and whisk away old skin cells to make way for new ones. It’s nourishing oil blend will also help to deeply hydrate and promote healthy cell turnover.
By applying a daily targeted treatment especially designed to treat discoloration, you’re bound to see results much faster. Serums with Vitamin C and other powerful skin-brightening ingredients will work best to dramatically brighten those dark areas and reveal a healthy and spotless look.
If you’re looking for a lightweight starter serum that has all the brightening ingredients in the book like fruit-based Vitamin C, antioxidants, and exfoliating AHA’s and BHA’s — our Resurfacing Serum is the way to go.
It includes 22 high-powered ingredients to slough off dead skin cells that’ll help reveal and maintain a healthy-looking, even-toned glow every day.
OUR BRIGHTENING POWER PAIR
Engineered with high-powered, tone-correcting technology our Concentrate Brightening Essence and Serum are the ultimate solutions to brighten the look of dark spots, help correct discoloration, and even skin tone — all while delivering plumping hydration for renewed clarity and radiance. When used together, this dynamic duo will work overtime to dramatically diminish discoloration and deliver your most flawless complexion.
Concentrated Brightening Essence
Like liquid gold, our Concentrated Brightening Essence is engineered with 33 high-powered ingredients like exfoliating Caviar Lime, brightening Sugar Peptides, and plumping Hyaluronic Acid to promote cell turnover. This innovative essence works to prep skin to absorb the treatments that follow, boosting overall brightening results.
Concentrated Brightening Serum
Our Concentrated Brightening Serum is our most-coveted correcting treatment. It’s engineered with 69 high-powered ingredients, including smart brightening technologies like modulating Encapsulated Plankton and regulating Sea Fern, plus a triple natural retinoic acid complex. All together, this ultramodern formula works to help correct tone, diminish the look of dark spots, and target multiple signs of aging to restore a spotless, bright, and supple complexion.
By staying moisturizing, your skin will feel most prepared to heal itself naturally. Delivering hydration regularly will also help to smooth texture left from hyperpigmentation and help visibly reduce the look of discolored areas.
Hydrate with Aloe Vera
If your skin has recently experienced some trauma that results in a fresh scar, it’s important to return moisture back into the skin right away. One of nature’s great healers is the Aloe Vera plant, which delivers soothing moisture that can be taken orally in juices or applied topically. However, dabbing the gel directly onto the scar will especially help soothe and prepare the area to properly heal.
Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil
Vitamin A is known to be an excellent solution to dramatically diminish hyperpigmentation — however so many come in a synthetic form. In our Retinoic Nutrient Face Oil, is an antioxidant-rich blend containing retinoic-like activity from Rosehip Seed Oil that can help support cell regeneration, address visible signs of aging and discoloration, and transform skin into a smooth, supple, and youthful-looking complexion.
Redefining Body Balm
Infused with a moisturizing seed butter blend of Mango, Cocoa, Murumuru, Cupuacu, and Kokum, our Redefining Body Balm works to deeply recharge dehydrated, dull skin and to firm and minimize the look of stretch marks, which often causes a darkening of the skin. It contains Frankincense which is packed with rejuvenating nutrients that are known to powerfully firm and soften skin. This nourishing powerhouse is an absolute must-have in your body routine to keep your skin looking supple, even-toned, and luminous.
OUR BRIGHT SKIN TIPS
Protecting your skin from sun damage with a 30+ sunscreen is a non-negotiable to prevent overall hyperpigmentation. And if you’re good about applying it every day, your skin will have a better chance to heal and speed up it’s regeneration process of fading that discolored area.
TIP: Even when you’re spending the day indoors, it’s best to still apply sunscreen. While even the most protected glass can help to shield some UVB rays, they may not protect from UVA rays allowing that sun damage to further darken your hyperpigmentation.
For an added layer of protection, cover up your areas that have hyperpigmentation with clothing when going out as the sun’s rays can further darken the already discolored skin.
TIP: Keep a baseball cap handy that’ll help shield the sun in your car or close to your front door so it’s always accessible before you head out to run errands.
Above all if you really want to see a dramatic reduction in your hyperpigmentation, consistency will always be key. Your skin is constantly generating new cells and so it’s your job to keep up with it, delivering the care it needs to heal properly to keep your skin happy, healthy, and naturally radiant.