Uneven skin tone is one of the most common beauty concerns. And it’s recently become the main focus of my skincare routine. I have a little bit of discolouration to target, along with a few small dark patches. And I hope that if I can banish them for good I’ll no longer feel the need to wear foundation.
With my personal skincare concerns in mind, here’s a closer look at what causes uneven skin tone. Plus, an insight into the products I’m using to treat hyperpigmentation…
WHAT CAUSES UNEVEN SKIN TONE?
Dark patches that appear on the skin (hyperpigmentation) are caused by an overproduction of melanin. Hyperpigmentation can be triggered by a number of factors, including UV rays, acne, pollution and hair removal treatments. (I have discolouration around my top lip which I’m almost certain was caused by a hair bleaching treatment I used in my early teens). There’s even evidence to suggest that laptops can cause discolouration on your thighs if used excessively, which is scary.
Decléor skincare specialist, Fiona Brackenbury, further explains, “When the skin is under attack, whether it’s from pollution or UV rays, it goes into defence mode and produces pigmentation to protect itself from environmental aggressions.”
HOW TO TREAT HYPERPIGMENTATION
I take good care of my skin, and am proactive about wearing SPF and avoiding direct sunlight. But even so, I have a small dark spot next to my left eye, a few patches of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation on my cheeks (the result of picking at blackheads – when will I learn?!). And, as mentioned above, I also have some discolouration around my top lip.
Recently I adapted my skincare routine to focus specifically on treating uneven skin tone. And these are the products I’ve started using…
To target dark spots: I’ve been applying Decléor’s Hydra Floral White Petal Dark Spot Targeter directly onto the dark patch next to my eye twice a day. The gel formula includes pea extract, which reduces dark spots, and sweet orange oil, which targets redness. I’ve now been using it for approximately three weeks, and already feel like my dark spot is less noticeable.
To target post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: Encouraged by the positive results of Decléor’s Dark Spot Targeter, I’ve also started using their Hydra Floral White Petal Skin Perfecting Hydrating Sleeping Mask. This overnight treatment can be used 2-3 times a week, and works to reduce dark spots and refine skin texture. My skin feels so smooth after sleeping in the mask, and I’m hoping that over time it will eradicate the post-inflammatory pigmentation on my cheeks.
I also recently tried Skin Laundry’s 15-minute Laser & Light Facial. The laser treatment deep cleans skin and with repeat visits it can also improve acne, redness, hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. It’s not painful at all, but the sensation is definitely unusual. It almost feels like tiny flecks of hot ash are being flicked at your face. Weird description, I know.
After the facial my skin immediately felt refreshed and refined, and the results lasted for days. If you didn’t have to avoid applying fake tan to your face in the days running up to a treatment, I would definitely experiment with regular facials in order to experience the long-term benefits. But sadly I’m ghostly pale if I don’t fake a summer glow.
To target discolouration: I’ve also just started using DCL’s Skin Brightening Complexion Treatment a few times a week – focusing specifically on the areas of discolouration around my mouth. Said to pose a “quadruple threat” to uneven skin tone, the formula lightens the appearance of discolouration. It also contains peptides to reduce the skin’s reaction to pigment-causing trauma, so it’s preventative too.
I haven’t been using the brightening treatment long enough to see any dramatic results, but it has definitely made my skin look more radiant. So I’m hopeful that over time it will also start to reduce redness and discolouration.
Is uneven skin tone also one of your key beauty concerns? And do you now feel a little bit more clued up about how to treat hyperpigmentation? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts…