It’s officially summer meaning it’s time for beach days, festivals, family BBQ’s, summer hiking, and more outdoor activities. However, with summertime comes sun-time, making our skin more prone to age spots, sun spots, and discolouration patches – exactly the types of things we spend time and money on correcting.
In order to maintain and achieve an even skin tone this summer, we must understand what hyperpigmentation is, how we can protect our skin, and what we can do to fix damage if it occurs. Keep reading as we break down how to beat or treat hyperpigmentation this summer.
Hyperpigmentation refers to the patches of skin that are darker in colour compared to your natural skin tone. While this is a harmless condition, many people turn to skincare and treatments to either prevent or treat hyperpigmentation in order to achieve a more even skin tone.
During the summer, the type of hyperpigmentation that results in what we commonly call sun spots, is from sun exposure. UV rays hitting your skin causes an excess of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour, to produce in your body. While melanin is what gives you a tan, it can also form sun spots when sun exposure is frequent or excessive.
Protect Your Skin
Sunscreen needs to become a non-negotiable part of every skincare routine. By protecting your skin with a 15 to 50 SPF every day, even when it’s cloudy, you can effectively combat sun exposure hyperpigmentation. You should continue to reapply your sunscreen every two hours, especially if you’ve been swimming or exercising.
While sunscreen used to be turned away from for its greasy texture or white cast, there are tons of options now for sunscreens that work seamlessly underneath or on top of makeup. For a daily sunscreen that applies with a silky matte finish, check out the ZO Skin Health Primer + Sunscreen, available at Victoria’s.
Stay In The Shade
Protecting your skin can also be a part of your summer fashion. If you’ll be touring wineries or lounging on beaches this summer, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to keep your face shaded from harmful UV rays. Also look for shaded areas or sit under umbrellas to protect your skin from hyperpigmentation even further while still enjoying the warm weather.
Even if you avidly apply sunscreen every day and try to stay out of the sun, you may still notice some hyperpigmentation when autumn comes around. After the damage is already done, hyperpigmentation can stick around for years and continue to darken each summer. Luckily, Victoria’s provides clients with treatments and skincare products that erase sun spots and discolouration.
When looking for skincare products that will target hyperpigmentation, scan ingredient lists for Vitamin A, C, or E. Anything that exfoliates and brightens can help shed the hyperpigmentation and brighten your skin tone, resulting in even, glowing skin.
Here are a few clinically proven skincare products that you can purchase now at our online shop to treat pigmentation:
To supercharge your results with proper skincare, there are also some amazing laser treatments that blast away post-summer hyperpigmentation. In just a few sessions with any of the below laser treatments, clients have been able to finally achieve the even skin of their dreams.
These are a few of our favourite hyperpigmentation laser treatments:
Book your consultation with our experienced team by calling 0363310377, and we’ll match you to the laser treatment that will work best for your unique skin and skin concerns.
We also offer other treatments that can help exfoliate and target hyperpigmentation without the use of lasers – ideal for younger clients or for those who are pregnant.
These are a few of our favourite treatments that will help correct hyperpigmentation as well as a number of other skin concerns:
The ultimate takeaway: apply sunscreen, stay out of direct sun, and brighten/exfoliate to help prevent or treat hyperpigmentation this summer. Also remember that everyone’s skin is different, so what works for one person may not work for you. So if you do end up with some hyperpigmentation come autumn, you can treat the damage with laser or non-laser treatments.
If you want help from our experienced team, book a Custom Skincare Plan session with us, so we can review your skin and come up with a strategy to target your skin concerns, including sun exposure hyperpigmentation.