It's Time to Get Even!
Our face is constantly barraged with all sorts of things that can mar and age it prematurely. Don't despair, help is on the way! Learn how you can erase years from your face by following these complexion-perfecting tips which address three very common skin issues.
What they are: When you slack on sunscreen, you can develop clusters of pigment that form freckles, light-brown patches, or mole-like dark spots.
How to get even: Choose topical products that contain kojic acid and amino acids. "Studies show that these ingredients lighten by inhibiting tyrosinase, an enzyme that triggers the production of melanin in your skin," says Francesca Fusco, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Try Day Bright SPF 30 or Chroma White from the Dermalogica line of Skin Care products.
If your budget permits, opt for monthly custom treatments at the spa which use higher strengths of vitamins, enzymes, and acids so you see results faster. These treatments can also be combined by Microdermabrasion to boost your results. Erase brown patches by swiping a peeling pad with exfoliating fruit acids over clean skin two
nights a week. Try Dermalogica's Daily Resurfacer.
What it is: Derms aren't sure what causes rosacea, but extreme temperature changes, exercise, spicy foods, and alcohol can induce red inflammation on the cheeks, sometimes accompanied by broken blood vessels.
How to get even: Cleanse twice a day with Dermalogica Ultra-Calming Cleanser to help soothe irritated skin.
Afterward, smooth on Ultra-Calming Serum. These anti-inflammatory ingredients have been shown in clinical studies to minimize redness. Niacinamide also strengthens the skin's surface layer, which is impaired by rosacea, helping it to become less sensitive.
What they are: "The inflammation that comes along with a pimple triggers pigment production— it's your skin's defensive reaction," says Rebecca Giles, M.D., owner of FIX skin clinic in Malibu, California. The result? Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation in the form of red discolorations. On darker skin tones, they may look brown.
How to get even: Most marks will fade within six months to a year. Until then, disguise them by dotting a creamy cover-up onto the spot and then feathering the edges. Try Sheer Tint Moisturizer SPF 15/Dermalogica.
Impatient? "A spot treatment containing citrus bioflavonoids, which have both a lightening and an anti-inflammatory effect, may help speed fading by turning off pigment-producing cells," says Master Esthetician Saima Shaheen. Try C-12 Chroma White Serum from Dermalogica. Dot it onto clean skin in the morning (before applying moisturizer or makeup) and at night.
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