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A few months ago during a week long trip to Mexico, I enjoyed a bit more time in the sun than I’m accustomed to. Surfing lessons in the ocean, horseback riding through town, and long walks on the beach kept me from reapplying sunscreen as often as I usually do and before long, I had newfound spots that aimed to take up permanent residence. Hyperpigmentation (a.k.a sunspots, age spots, liver spots, and melasma) is excess melanin caused by sun exposure, age, hormones or acne and knows no race or gender boundaries. I’ve been in this business long enough to know that an uneven skin tone can be just as aging as lines and wrinkles.
3 GREAT OPTIONS TO STOP THE SPOTS:
ZO MEDICAL BRIGHTALIVE NON-RETINOL SKIN BRIGHTENER ($120) is formulated with clinically proven alphaarbutin and bioengineered plant phytotechnology to reduce the appearance of brown spots, even skin tone, and inhibit melanin production, without the use of hydroquinone or retinol. Ultra-stable vitamin C and an exfoliating enzyme renew skin tone and texture. Melanocytes are blocked thanks to the powerful combo of peptide science, hexylresorcinol, soy, and licorice root. The 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex of vitamins A, C and E, protect, hydrate and repair.
LUMIXYL SKIN BRIGHTENING KIT ($220) is a physician dispensed 4-step system that inhibits tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for the production of melanin in the skin. It’s non-irritating, non-toxic, safe for all skin types, and can be used for extended periods of time, plus it won’t increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun. This system includes the Active Prep Cleanser, a patented antioxidant cleanser that disrupts oxidative stress that can amp up melanin production. The GlycoPeel20 exfoliates surface spots with a 20% glycolic acid concentration. The Brightening Cream contains the proprietary Lumixyl peptide while the Moisture Lock Sunscreen is formulated with micronized Titanium Dioxide, a clear physical sunblock as well as Symehelios 1031 to protect against UVB toxicity. This kit will target existing hyperpigmentation and also prevent its recurrence.
CLARISONIC SONIC RADIANCE BRIGHTENING SOLUTION ($249 for set, $125 for replenishment kit) When it comes to facial cleansing brushes Clarisonic is the gold standard. It utilizes sonic technology combined with a cleansing brush that oscillates at more than 300 movements per second to gently remove impurities without compromising the condition of the skin as some other brushes can. It cleans 6 times better than using your hands alone and is so gentle that it can be used twice a day–even on rosacea or acne-prone skin. When skin is thoroughly cleansed, serums, creams and moisturizers are absorbed better. Which brings me to Clarisonic’s new products. Sonic Radiance Brightening Solution combats hyperpigmentation through an innovative new brush head with denser, softer filaments. The Skin Illuminating Cleanser contains pigment-balancing licorice. The Brightening Activator Serum has ellagic acid and phenylethyl resorcinol to combat discoloration, and the Skin Renewing Peel Wash utilizes LHA and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and retexturize. All combine to slow down excess melanin, reduce future dark spots, and exfoliate existing pigment clusters for more even-toned and radiant skin. If you already have a Clarisonic, just attach the Radiance brush head to your handle and use the new cleansers and serums.