Discolouration of our skin is a natural occurrence that is almost unavoidable, particularly as we age. Exposure to environmental factors, too much sun, changes in hormones and damage to the skin from acne or injuries all play a part in uneven skin tone as we go through life. Discolouration, also known as pigmentation, comes in many forms and varying levels of intensity. Depending on its severity, it can be frustrating to treat, however, there are some natural ways that you can target, treat, and reduce the appearance of pigmentation.
CAUSES OF PIGMENTATION
Pigmentation is caused by an increase in our skin’s pigment colour, also known as melanin. When melanin is overproduced in certain places on the skin it can cause discolouration, often showing as dark patches on our complexion.
Pigmentation can be complicated and can be triggered by many factors, however, the most common causes include:
Overexposure to the sun is the most common cause of pigmentation and can result in freckles and sun spots in areas of the skin that have had too much sun.
Scarring from acne, rashes and scratches on the skin can lead to discolouration on our complexion.
More common in women than men, Melasma is often caused by changes in hormones such as pregnancy, and shows in large brown patches throughout the forehead, upper cheek, eye and upper lip areas.
Some medications that affect hormones or make your skin more sensitive to sunlight can trigger Melasma. The contraceptive pill, antibiotics and retinoids are often catalysts when it comes to the development of pigmentation.
Depending on the cause of your pigmentation, it can be a difficult and frustrating skin condition to treat. In many cases, pigmentation can be improved but not “cured”. Regardless of your pigmentation cause and the treatment options you choose to take, sun protection is the only way you’ll successfully reduce the appearance of discoloured skin and prevent it from returning.
Treating pigmentation is a long term game, requiring a very strict sun protection routine along with dedication to your daily treatment plan, as it can take some time to see results. There are topical treatments available that can help more severe forms of pigmentation, such as melasma, however, these often include harsh prescription creams, chemical peels or expensive laser treatments.
If you’re looking for a safe, natural and cost effective way to treat your pigmentation, there are a few ingredients you can include in your skincare routine to naturally brighten and reduce discolouration before deciding to go down the path of harsher treatment options.
NATURAL INGREDIENTS THAT BRIGHTEN YOUR SKIN AND REDUCE PIGMENTATION
Essential for normal skin function, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps to fight the effects of ageing while promoting a bright, even skin tone and reducing the signs of pigmentation. It also works to support collagen production and protect against sun damage, reducing the appearance of fine lines and discolouration.
Derived from Field Dock (a plant native to Canadian prairies) Rumex is used to treat hyperpigmentation by inhibiting the enzyme which causes the development of pigmentation in skin, resulting in a more even skin tone.
Used traditionally in Ayurveda, turmeric root is a potent anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant. When used topically, it may reduce scarring and improve wound healing to support pigmentation prevention, while also soothing inflammatory skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis.
As the world’s most potent and pure source of vitamin C, this antioxidant is a free radical scavenger that boosts skin radiance by neutralising free radicals that cause skin damage. Its natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties may also calm inflamed, irritated skin while brightening the complexion and combatting hyperpigmentation.
Seaweed (Maritech Bright)
Derived from wild grown Fucus vesiculosus seaweed, this impressive ingredient contains 90% of fucoidan-polyphenol complex—a powerful skin brightener with potent antioxidant benefits, enhancing skin radiance and combatting pigmentation while reducing the appearance of age spots.
5 STAR PRODUCTS THAT WILL BRIGHTEN YOUR SKIN WHILE COMBATING PIGMENTATION
Looking for a natural way to brighten your complexion while reducing and preventing pigmentation? These 5 star rated, organic brightening products contain the bio-active pigmentation fighters listed above to deliver real results at a cellular level.
LAMAV’s Daily Vitamin C Serum
This highly concentrated Vitamin C serum is an award winner for a reason! Containing brightening powerhouses such as Kakadu Plum, Rumex, Turmeric and Marine Extracts to target discolouration, brighten the skin's appearance and boost radiance. This non-greasy, antioxidant rich formula will strengthen collagen and elastin for additional age defence benefits and a healthy glowing complexion.
LAMAV’s Rumex Day Cream
Reduce the appearance of discolouration and pigmentation with powerful bio-actives including Rumex, Kakadu Plum and Desert Lime. This advanced lightening day cream synergistically delivers radiant and even skin tone while protecting against environmental stressors thanks to the addition of Pomegranate Oil and Vitamin E. Hydrate, repair and protect all in one!
LAMAV’s Vitamin C Brightening Oil
There’s a reason why this Brightening Oil is a favourite with our customers! Lightweight and suitable for all skin types, daily use will deliver a more evenly toned, radiant complexion. Formulated with 10% vitamin C and Kakadu Plum along with Rosehip and Pomegranate Seed Oils, you’ll achieve brighter skin and an instant glow morning and night.
LAMAV’s Anti Dark Circle Eye Gel
The under eye and surrounding areas are often a magnet for discolouration. LAMAV’s brightening eye gel is cooling and lightweight to refresh dull, tired eyes while Vitamin C, Rumex and Marine Extracts work on reducing pigmentation. Hydrate, smooth and brighten the delicate eye area in one application.
LAMAV’s Glow Beauty Mask
Our luxe Glow Beauty Mask treats dull, tired, congested skin, and as the name suggests - delivers an instant glow. Anti-inflammatory Turmeric, Vitamin C and Kakadu Plum Extract combine to brighten the skin, countering the effects of pigmentation and improving tone and texture. The addition of Australian Yellow Clay helps to detoxify skin, reduce congestion and enhance radiance. Beneficial for all skin types, you’ll see an instant improvement in texture, brightness and hydration.
Don’t just take our word for it, see the real results below from our Brightening Range.
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