Updated: Apr 2
Hyperpigmentation, the aftermath of vacation.
Happy April Lovelies!
We are only a few days from gorgeous weather (we hope!!). Many of you have had the opportunity to go on vacation! Yay! However, with the extra time spent in the sun we often see an increase in uneven pigmentation. The sun, heat, cocktails, and vacation food increases inflammation, dehydration, and cellular damage.
The best way to combat these changes in your skin is with a diet rich in antioxidants! These are a few of our favorite antioxidant rich foods:
Citrus Fruits- Oranges, lemons, pineapples, and limes all have high amounts of vitamin C, which can help boost your antioxidant intake.
Berries- Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries help boost antioxidant levels.
Beta-Carotene- Carrots are the best source of high beta-carotene.
Curcuminoids- Turmeric, black seed oil, and extra virgin olive oil are great sources of antioxidants and have the ability to reduce inflammation.
Veggies- Didn’t your mother always tell you to eat your vegetables?! She was right! Broccoli, spinach, carrots, and potatoes are all high in antioxidants. So are artichokes, cabbage, asparagus, avocados, beetroot, radish, lettuce, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, collard greens, and kale.
Spices and Herbs- Using lots of spices in cooking is an easy way to add those healing properties to your diet. Spices like cinnamon, turmeric, cumin, curry powder, paprika, mustard seed, ginger, pepper, chili powder, garlic, coriander, onion, and cardamom. Herbs include sage, thyme, cilantro, basil, marjoram, tarragon, peppermint, oregano, basil, and dill weed. All of these contribute complexity and flavor to your meals, while aslo being high in antioxidants.
What to use on your skin to correct pigmentation.
There are also some great steps that you can do with your skincare: Every morning topically loading up with a Vitamin C serum and a brightening serum like PRO Lite by Lira Clinical is a great way to start reversing hyperpigmentation. It is beneficial to use both serums morning and night after cleansing, except on the nights that you are using Retinol. Remember that Retinol products are more effective when used alone. If you are not currently using a Retinol treatment, this would be a great time to get started. Our personal favorite has become the PRO Retinal-Plus Treatment by Lira Clinical (of course!). It delivers all the benefits that we love from Retinol without any inflammation, dryness, or irritation.
As always, we cannot stress enough that you need to use SPF every single day. Make sure that your SPF is mineral based, as chemical SPF traps heat that aggravates the skin conditions we are trying to prevent and correct. Lira CIinical's SPF contains 21% Zinc-Oxide, making it a great daily sun protector that will not clog pores. It will also protect your skin from blue light emitted from electronic screens (prolonged exposure of blue light from electronics is harmful).
Of course, we have some amazing treatment options at Flawless for combating hyperpigmentation. At each appointment we will continue to support your skin based on it's needs. Spring is a great time to perform Microchanneling or a peel series for deeper correction.
Are you interested in learning more about the products mentioned above?! Check them out below:
Lira Clinical BIO Hydra C Serum
Lira Clinical PRO Lite Serum
Lira Clinical PRO Rentinal-Plus Treatment
Lira Clinical SPF Solar Shield 30
Let us know how we can help!