Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
The best skincare out there for
Hyperpigmentation describes the patches of skin that are darker than your natural skin colour, whatever your skin colour. The term literally means excess pigment and it’s caused by an increase in melanin – the natural pigment that gives our hair and our eyes colour too. If you’re looking for something to ease the discolouration, there are a few treatment types to try (and life lessons to learn – looking at you, SPF).
Your *new* full-body routine for
For the face
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser is an antioxidant-rich gel that works to protect the skin with free-radical-fighting ingredients (while removing your makeup). The cooling gel cleanser doubles as an exfoliating mask too – just leave it on your skin for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.
We like REN’s Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic, as a skin-resurfacing treatment. It’s key ingredient is lactic acid, which eases the appearance of sun damage and pigmentation by speeding up the rate of skin cell turnover (replacing pigmented cells).
The kind of product that looks stunning in your bathroom and feels really great on your skin – Leahlani Skincare’s Siren Brightening Serum is packed with nourishing goodness like proteins and amino acids. Sea Buckthorn is the weird-named vitamin A source in this serum, that works to increase cellular regeneration and ease the effects of sun damage.
For a moisture boost, try Green People Age Defy Brightening Moisturiser. It’s formulated with 33 active ingredients – 33! showing off really – to hydrate and brighten. Its pineapple enzymes help gently remove excess pigment cells, while other ~quirky~ ingredients like White Mulberry Bark prevent pigment production. Quite the magic little moisturiser.
Using SPF 50 is always a good idea. Caudalie’s Anti Wrinkle Face Serum has a non-sticky texture and soothes sensitive skin with organic grape water. Layer. This. Stuff. Up.
For the body
Your skincare routine shouldn’t just be for the neck-up. To refresh your skin, exfoliate once or twice a week with a body polish, like Lola’s Apothecary Breath of Clarity. This is full of so much good stuff, like rosehip oil – a source of trans-retinoic acid – and omega 3, 6 and 9, that improves skin cell regeneration. Just look at this sweet, sweet list of nourishing ingredients.
A body moisturiser that restores elasticity, soothes the skin, and is formulated with vitamin E for deep hydration (like this one from Jason)… is our kind of moisturiser. Apply this potent antioxidant treatment morning and night to your whole body (and face, if you want), to minimise the classic signs of aging.
SOME INSIDER TIPS JUST FOR YOU
• Try a treatment, like microdermabrasion. This gentle form of exfoliation (that must be done professionally) helps to remove surface dead skin cells quickly. It makes for a really decent investment with visible difference after literally one session.
• If you choose to go down a more invasive medical route – like chemical peels and laser therapy – make sure to do your research. Administered incorrectly, these types of treatments can actually worsen hyperpigmentation.
• Add folic acid to your diet. Deficiency of vitamin B (which is what folic acid is), is linked to increased hyperpigmentation. So get chomping on leafy greens, oranges, and all things wholegrain.
Whatever the cause of your hyperpigmentation, sun exposure is guaranteed to make it worse, so protect your skin, people. Cover up, layer up (SPF 50 forever), and avoid being outside during peak hot hours. Yes, even in the UK.
top picks for hyperpigmentation