- Watch Your Diet
Research has shown that foods high in vitamin C and B12 can help to boost the skin’s production of collagen in your skin to ensure the constant reproduction of new skin cells.
Collagen helps to reduce the typical signs of ageing and is important for building your skin’s elasticity and strength, ultimately reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Foods high in vitamin C and B12 include fruits and vegetables like oranges, lemons and carrots.
You’ve heard about the importance of sunblock but did you know, besides preventing you from getting sun burnt, sunblock can also slow down the signs of ageing.
When it comes to the brown spots that appear on our skin, the sun’s strong UV rays are mainly to blame. As we age, the melanin in our skin (melanin helps protect our skin from sun exposure) reduces its ability to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Hence, sunblock offers a layer of protection for your skin.
Exfoliation can also help slough off dead skin cells that build up on your face, causing unsightly uneven, patchy skin tone.
When put under stress, the body releases hormones that can affect blood and oxygen supply to your skin. This insufficiency leads to skin being undernourished and signs will show in dullness and loss of elasticity, which also causes skin to be more susceptible to pigmentation.
Without fresh oxygenated cells on your face, skin becomes thinner and has a weaker defence against harmful UV rays and other environmental factors that could worsen skin condition.
If you’re on birth control, it could be the reason why you’re getting pigmentation.
As birth control contains synthetic hormones, the cells that are responsible for creating melanin could be over-stimulated and, in turn, cause more dark spots to form. If you can’t part ways with your birth control method, speak to your doctor about finding one that contains less of such hormones.
An increasingly common method of treating skin pigmentation is with the use of lasers. These treatments use a coherent beam of light to target melanin that’s abnormally concentrated on a particular part of your face. Laser treatment helps to disperse the concentration of melanin cells to lighten skin tone and reduce the size of enlarged pores on your face.
In Singapore, the ClearSK Aesthetic Group offers laser treatments using both laser and light technology to safely and effectively lighten pigmentation and reduce other skin irregularities. For $68 (consisting of two treatments), you’ll get clearer and more radiant-looking skin.