How to get dark spots and pigmentation OUT! And stay out!!!

Ok, let’s describe ‘perfect’ skin shall we?

The usual words that crop up are: clear, spotless, even-toned, glowing, translucent, radiant, porcelain.

So that makes brown spots, marks, acne scars and pigmentation THE ENEMY.
You can fight these bad guys, you just have to know how.

1. Start treating spots the minute they appear.

The pigment in dark spots moves deeper into your skin as times goes by.
So a spot is easiest to remove when it’s still new.
If you start early, you can fade the dark spot within 2 months. Yup, it takes time, so don’t give up too soon. Keep at it for a few months at least to see a real difference.

2. A face scrub will really help, but microdermabrasion will do wonders.

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The best and quickest way to reduce spots is to gently peel away the top layer of your skin that’s got the most pigment. The healthier, spot-free skin underneath is revealed.
That’s why using a face scrub thrice a week really works.
Remember, when it comes to dark spots, be patient. It will take both time and effort. But it will be worth it in the long run.

If you want to see quicker results, you got to take it up a notch. Try an at-home-microdermabrasion treatment. What’s that?????

It’s the super-advanced cousin of your regular face scrub. It is made up of really tiny micro-crystals that are as fine as sand.These micro crystals embed themselves into your skin to gently and evenly pull off the damaged layer of skin to reveal the healthy, spot-free skin underneath.

How to use:
Just like a scrub, massage in gentle but firm circles all over your face, paying extra attention to parts that have marks and spots. Do this only 1-minute and then rinse off. Don’t do this more than twice a week.

Stuff I ♥: If I see a hint of a spot appearing, I immediately nip it in the bud by using Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion. It works every single time.

3. Use a serum that targets spots. Every day. Twice a day.

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Serums are brilliant at making a real visible difference to your skin.
That’s because they can push potent and active ingredients into the deeper layers of your skin, where they can work their magic!

The two best ingredients to remove dark spots are Vitamin C and Retinol. So while picking a serum, look out for these two.

Stuff I ♥: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic is bursting with Vitamin C! It’s gotten rid of some of my most stubborn dark spots. It’s brilliant.

Just remember, if you want to see results, you have to keep doing this twice a day for about 2 months. Oh, and do take a close-up ‘before’ picture so that you can actually see the difference over time.

IMPORTANT: Don’t use a serum with Retinol during the day as it makes your skin photosensitive – which means you can get even more spots if you step out in the sun with this on. Use it only at night.

4. Use a ‘brightening mask’ twice a week.

Ever noticed how amazing your skin is immediately after using a mask?
That’s because masks are the workhorses of your skincare regimen.

Brightening masks are brimming with good skin-friendly acids that peel away dull, dead skin to reveal newer, fresher, brighter skin.

Stuff I ♥: SK-II’s Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask is a luxurious sheet mask that’s drenched in a bottle of spot removing serum! I use it at night before bed – I keep it on for half and hour and then pour out the extra serum from the packet and pat that on too (why waste such good stuff?). The next morning, I look like I’ve had a facial!

5. Use sunscreen religiously (like your life depended on it)!

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It’s all the sun’s fault! Which is why you should never ever leave the house without liberally applying sunscreen with a high SPF (50 or more is best).

By using sunscreen every single day of your life (come rain, snow, whatever…), you are stopping any brown spots from cropping up in the future.

Also, sometimes, a dark spot you’ve already removed may reappear if you don’t consistently use sun protection. So don’t start getting lazy once you’ve cleared them up.

Stuff I ♥: I only go for sunscreens that have a high SPF, are water resistant, non-greasy and non-comedogenic (won’t make me break out). I’m partial to La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Dry Touch Gel-Cream Anti-Shine and Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunblock SPF 50+

So there you have it. Get rid of those pesky brown buggers by being religious about your routine and having oodles of patience. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen!

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