beneath the surface

Beneath the surface

By age 60 almost 90% of the general population will have sun induced age spots. Current studies reveal that uneven skin tone, especially when blotchiness is present, is now considered the leading age-marker, suggesting ‘aged’ skin. Controlling and preventing hyperpigmentation takes a multi-stage approach, which starts first with understanding what hyperpigmentation is, what triggers your hyperpigmentation and how to effectively treat and prevent it.

What is hyperpigmentation?

Brown spots, discolouration and uneven skin tone are all signs of hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is the first sign of ageing, which can add up to 12 years* to a person’s perceived age. In fact, what we see on the surface is only a small percentage of the damage that lies beneath. Left untreated, the latter rises to the surface as we age, becoming more visible to the naked eye. *Fink, B et al. (2006) Visible Skin Colour Distribution Plays a Role in the Perception of Age, Attractiveness and Health in Female Faces. Evolution and Human Behaviour 27 (6):433-422

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is most commonly caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays, inflammation from skin trauma such as acne, and hormones. Genetics, stress and chemicals also play a role. When the skin is exposed to these factors, specialised cells called melanocytes eject parcels (melanosomes) of protective reddish/ brown pigment (melanin). Years of exposure to UV rays, or even a sudden burst of hormones from bbirth control pills or pregnancy, can trigger erratic behaviour from melanocytes, resulting in age spots or uneven skin tone.

How do I treat hyperpigmentation?

Treating hyperpigmentation in the skin takes a multi-faceted process. Regularly applying a Broad Spectrum sunscreen of SPF50 is critical for preventing new hyperpigmentation, as is using skin-brightening agents and exfoliating agents, which slough off existing pigmentation spots.

What can I use to treat and prevent hyperpigmentation?

Dermalogica have developed PowerBrightTM TRx, a concise range of three leave-on treatment products, specifically formulated to target and treat hyperpigmentation and shield against further skin damage. PowerBrightTMTRx contains powerful ingredients such as Oligopeptides, Niacinamide and Zinc Glycinate to help control melanin formation and hyperpigmentation while exfoliating agents such as Pumpkin enzyme help smooth skin, enhance skin tone and eliminate dark spots. Natural plat spheres filled with sunscreens, known as Oleosome technology, allow for increased SPF performance that helps prevent against future hyperpigmentation.

For optimum results, integrate PowerBrightTM TRx products into your at-home skin care regime , and combine with a series of BioSurfaceTM Peel treatments from your local Dermalogica expert skin therapist. BioSurfaceTM Peel is Dermalogica’s most powerful and advanced Professional level resurfacing treatment to date. A series of BioSurface Peel treatments will work in synergy with your PowerBrightTM TRx prescription to deliver maximum results with dramatic skin resurfacing and advanced brightening, delivering you your brightest, most even skin ever.

To address your skin concerns, ask your Professional Skin Therapist for a FaceMapping® skin analysis and professional treatment recommendation.

Search here for a stockist in your area who is expertly trained to perform the BioSurfaceTM Peel treatment.

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