Most people are aware that all signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration, can be hard to prevent and difficult to treat effectively. The rate that skin ages and the severity of damage varies from person to person; their lifestyle and environment play a large role in premature aging and sun exposure, pollution, and smoking all take their toll. While a certain amount of hyperpigmentation – or skin discoloration – is to be expected over the years, it makes skin appear dull, unevenly toned and older than it really is; fortunately, many skincare companies have recognized that this is a problem for a number of their customers and have introduced products that provide a safe, natural solution.
How Do I Prevent Discoloration?
While it may not be possible to completely prevent all signs of aging as we get older, there are steps one can take to at least delay the process. When it comes to discoloration of the skin, most skincare experts believe that the sun is the number one enemy; this is something that Dr Goldberg, a medical doctor and director of Urban Dermatology, agrees with, suggesting that we always wear a hat or use an umbrella while going out, and do outdoor activities before 10am or after 4pm in the summer months, to avoid the peak hours of sunshine.
Taking preventative measures to protect the skin from the inside out is also important. Toxins such as alcohol and cigarettes both dry the skin, making it more susceptible to aging, as does caffeine which is a powerful diuretic. Quitting smoking and reducing intake of alcohol and caffeine are all highly recommended as is drinking at least 2 liters of water a day to keep the skin fully hydrated. Maintaining a clean diet with plenty of nutrient-rich, fresh, unprocessed food will nourish the skin, helping it become clearer, balanced, and overall healthier.
When Should I Start Using a Skin Brightener?
Skin brighteners can be used by individuals of all ages. While age spots and sun damage often affect those who are older, younger people can also experience hyperpigmentation due to contraception, pregnancy, and other hormonal changes. You can introduce a brightener into your skincare routine as soon as you see areas of hyperpigmentation beginning to appear; however, even those who haven’t yet developed any discoloration may want to use one as a proactive step or to simply give their complexion a more refreshed, revitalized appearance.
What Should I Look For in a Skin Brightener?
Because there are now numerous different brands of skin brighteners on the market, it’s important to know what to look for in a formula when choosing one that’s exactly right for your skincare needs. If you want a product that can treat multiple signs of aging in addition to your hyperpigmentation, make sure that the formula includes peptides, to reduce wrinkle depth and stimulate the production of skin-firming collagen, antioxidants to reduce cell-damaging free radical activity, and hydrating ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid that replenish lost moisture, eliminate dryness, and create a smoother texture. In terms of targeting age spots, blemishes, acne scars, and other forms of discoloration, natural botanicals such as Mallow extract and the mulberry-derived Morus Bombycis root extract are the most beneficial, with the latter even inhibiting the production of the skin pigment melanin to reduce further discoloration from developing.
Always choose a product made by an established and reputable skincare manufacturer and check out online consumer reviews to see what other users are saying about a particular brand. If there are no free samples offered for a product, make sure it has a good money back guarantee; this is not only important in the event that it doesn’t work as well as you expected it to, but also if you experience any kind of irritation to your skin – while most formulas are developed to be hypoallergenic, there is always the possibility of a reaction with any product, especially if your skin is very sensitive.
Although we can’t escape the signs of aging – including skin discoloration – completely, taking all the necessary steps to protect yourself from environmental stressors, staying hydrated, eating clean, and using good quality skin products will certainly slow the process considerably. Incorporating an effective skin brightener into your routine will not only reduce the appearance of existing discoloration but prevent more from developing as you get older so you can enjoy a clear, healthy, even-toned complexion for years to come.