We live in such a beautiful area with plenty of opportunities for sun exposure – boating, beaches, and gardening just to name a few. But, increased sun exposure can cause darkening areas of your skin. This discoloration is known as hyper-pigmentation which is created by an increase in melatonin normally from sun damage, inflammation, or other skin injuries.
According to the Dermalogica Institute, the number one cause of hyperpigmentation is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. And this doesn’t just apply to simple, daily exposure to UV rays alone; chemical fragrances may react with sunlight or medications may cause sun sensitivity.
Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa suggests following these three simple steps to achieve your brightest skin ever:
Exfoliation not only smoothes skin but it also helps even out tone by speeding up the cell turnover rate, therefore assisting the removal of pigmentation patches. In addition, the removal of the dead cell layer will allow better penetration of further treatment products. For a quick and easy solution, look for a 3-in-1 cleanser that exfoliates, cleanses and brightens uneven tone.
Products that focus on skin brightening contain ingredients that act as melanin suppressants (the pigment that colors skin), such as the Phytic Acid found in rice. Newer ingredients, such as Zinc Glycinate, have been shown to reduce pigmentation as well as suppress the melanocyte growth factors that stimulate melanin synthesis. Many botanical extracts also inhibit melanin production, including Kiwi Fruit, Mulberry, Licorice and Giant Fennel.
Protect and Hydrate
Once you have treated that stubborn pigmentation, now is the time to ensure that you guard against future attacks. Use a daily moisturizer with minimum SPF30 to ensure protection against the worst offender – UV rays! And make sure that your daily moisturizer is packed full of hydrating ingredients so that your skin reflects light and glows.
How Can I Achieve The Best Possible Results?
For maximum results in a minimal amount of time, having two professional treatments by a licensed esthetician at your local Hand & Stone Massage and Facial spa per week for a 4-6 week period is ideal. After that a monthly facial will help retain the brightness. Home care is vital as well and requires consistency. And most importantly – don’t ever skip the sunscreen! Hand and Stone offers several products to achieve the results you want from both the Dermalogica and ClarityRx skin care lines.
Local Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spas are located in Severna Park Plaza (410-544-7999) and Annapolis Harbour Center (410-224-4408). First time clients and Lifestyle Program members pay only $49.95 for a Classic facial. We have extended hours, are open 7 days/wk and walk-ins and same day appointments are welcome. Visit handandstone.com. We hope to see you soon!