Hyperpigmentation—brown patches, marks, splotches—can be caused by excessive sun exposure, hormone imbalances, inflammation and injury to the skin. It most commonly appears on the face, neck and décolletage. Before you can treat your pigmentation, you need to know what type you have. Those with fair skin are more prone to sun-induced pigment and people with olive complexions can be more susceptible to post-inflammatory pigment. Women who are pregnant, who take the oral contraceptive pill, or who are on hormone replacement therapy or IVF are more likely to suffer from hormone induced pigmentation, aka melasma or chloasma. Hyperpigmentation will often appear as we become older as our melanocytes (the cells that produce pigment) increase in size as we age. Younger skin can be at risk of pigment from sun damage.

How can you treat uneven skin tone?

For early onset or minimal pigment, I like to combine low level, gentle peels with light therapy to gradually break down the pigment, brighten the complexion and unify skin tone.

The first thing most people think of when you talk about massage therapy is relaxation. While this is absolutely a benefit of getting a massage, there are many more reasons that might surprise you. At Serenity Day Spa we recommend that everyone makes time for a monthly massage because it has immediate positive effects on the individual, as well as cumulative long-term benefits.

Clay Mask - The Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask, comprised of bentonite clay and Kaolin, is able to lift impurities from the skin and decongest the pores. Minerals in the mask are also able to help calm inflammation and irritation in the skin. This can be great for acne patients, as the mask is able to calm the face while cleaning out tough and clogged pores. Masks are also able to help gently exfoliate the skin, brightening the skin and further deepening their cleansing effects.

Other masks, like the Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Mask, are able to offer the skin the moisture that it is lacking. Hyaluronic acid is phenomenal for those who are experiencing consistent dryness in their skin, and can help restore the soft and supple tone of the skin. The B5 Vitamins within the mask are good for helping the skin retain its natural moisture, as well as the hydrating effects of a daily moisturiser and other skin care products.

We now know that 90% of the things on the skin we call ‘ageing’ are directly caused by the sun, this is called ‘photoaging.'

Photoaging is almost inescapable, as it is hard to steer completely clear of the sun. As you take the time to consider the amount of “face-time” you give the sun, also be aware of the skin products that you can use to combat and reduce the effects of the damaging rays of the sun.