So if you haven’t already realised this, Indian skin is more prone to dark spots and hyperpigmentation. It is often caused by sun damage, acne scarring, ageing, hormonal imbalance and genetics, and while it isn’t particularly harmful, it can be frustrating to deal with. Unless you're going for in-office procedures like microdermabrasion, getting rid of dark spots, discolouration and hyperpigmentation can be an uphill task.
We don’t want to leave you out in the rain, so we devised an easier way to deal with it. Just a simple upgrade of your skincare routine should help you deal with the root cause of the problem. Follow these 5 simple steps to get rid of any type of skin discolouration for good.
- Step 1: Use a brightening face wash
- Step 2: Dive deep with a toner
- Step 3: Follow up with a serum
- Step 4: Use a rejuvenating moisturiser
- Step 5: Always finish with SPF
Step 1: Use a brightening face wash
It doesn’t always have to be a topical cream, you can start working on skin discolouration with your cleanser itself. Look for products that have brightening and lightening ingredients on their labels. An option like the Pond’s White Beauty Brightening Face Wash combines the goodness of niacinamide with a gentle formula to reveal bright and glowing skin. A form of Vitamin B3, niacinamide helps build protein in the skin and trap moisture to protect it from external damage. It has also been found to work as a lightening agent for dark spots and pigmentation.
Step 2: Dive deep with a toner
Toners don’t just restore the pH balance of your skin, they are also an essential part of a hyperpigmentation skincare routine. An alcohol-free toner that contains active skin-brightening ingredients is what you need to look for as this will help even out your skin tone and fade dark spots.
Step 3: Follow up with a serum
When you are dealing with stubborn issues of discolouration, it becomes important to add steps to your daily routine that will work on the problem all day and not just at night. A lightweight serum can give your skin the added TLC it needs. A small serving of the Dermalogica C-12 Pure Bright Serum can help correct skin darkening. Packed with the goodness of zinc glycinate, the mineral helps reduce the production of melanin and in turn, curbs hyperpigmentation. It also contains oligopeptides and rice-derived phytic acid that are known to have a brightening effect on the skin.
Step 4: Use a rejuvenating moisturiser
Dryness is often a cause for discolouration or at the very least, worsens it, as it leaves the skin patchy and flaky. Make sure to choose a moisturiser according to your skin type to keep your skin nourished and fight dark spots and hyperpigmentation. A moisturiser that contains Vitamin B3, which is known to brighten skin complexion, is your best bet.
Step 5: Always finish with SPF
We can’t stress on this enough, the sun, while a great source of Vitamin D, is also the biggest threat to our skin. So make sure to finish off your skincare routine with SPF; it shields you against sun spots, age spots and melasma. If you’re looking for coverage too, opt for a BB/CC cream with SPF in it. I like to use the Lakme Complexion Care Face CC Cream for coverage, SPF, moisturising and lightening in one go!