As summer came to an end, many of us reminisced about those few glorious days of sun. Whilst warm, sunshine weather is not common for the UK, some did leave to visit other countries.
Whilst the long summer days, where the sunshine can feel like a warm embrace, it can leave cause a lot of damage to your skin. Dark patches and freckles are noticeable changes to your skin, as the UV index is at its highest during these months. However, your skin tone can become uneven throughout the year. Partially due to hormonal changes or environmental factors such as pollution.
As we enter the autumnal season, many are looking for ways to even out their skin tone. These are just a few ways to help you in that mission.
Wear Sunscreen Every Day
Prevention is crucial for most skin issues. Despite what season it is, sunny and bright or grey and gloomy, wear plenty of sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. Wearing a daily dose of SPF 30 or higher will help you to protect your skin and prevent pigment cells from flaring up.
When the skin is unprotected or poorly protected from the sun, it is more likely to age and signs of ageing are more noticeable. For those with fairer skin types, it can lead to discolouration that is more challenging to cover. As such, it is essential to wear sunscreen every day.
Include Retinol In Your Evening Routine
Exfoliation can help you to treat pigmentation that has risen due to the impact of the sun. Vitamin A derivative, retinol is most associated with helping to minimise signs of ageing. It helps to create new cells in the skin and replace the old, tired ones. The ingredients in retinol are great for any form of hyperpigmentation. They can help to fade dark spots, as well as tame acne amongst other things.
Retinol should only be added to your evening skincare routine, due to the ingredients causing your skin to be more susceptible to the sun. When starting with retinol, look for products with smaller, tame doses first and then build up your skin’s tolerance.
Consider Brightening With Rosehip Oil
Rosehip Oil holds astringent properties that can help to tighten your pores and brighten your skin. You can use Rosehip Oil products, or products infused with Rosehip Oil. Adding this product to your daily skincare routine can help to brighten up your complexion and reduce hyperpigmentation.
In addition to Rosehip Oil, vitamin C serums can help to brighten up your skin, perfect for the start of a new day.
Target Any Dark Spots
Exfoliating and applying vitamin C or a Rosehip Oil are not the only tools available that can help you even out your skin tone. These products and ingredients can do wonders to your overall complexion. However, if you are wanting to tackle dark spots because of pigmentation, you will want to include a product in your routine that specifically targets them.
Before you select a product to treat your dark spots, do your research into the product. Some products designed to target dark spots lighten the entire surge of the skin. Additionally, they can contain ingredients that will potentially irritate the skin and damage it if overused.
Don’t Forget Under The Eyes
Aside from damage by the sun and environment, other basic reasons for uneven skin tone is lack of sleep and ageing. The latter two reasons are difficult to treat but the side effects can be helped with the right product.
There are eye creams on the market that can help with treating dark circles and puffiness around the eyes. Towards the end of your routine, both morning and evening, get a rice grain-sized amount of eye cream and split it between two fingers. With the even split of eye cream, massage it gently over your under-eye, across your eyelid and along the brow bone area till it absorbs into the skin. Over time, you will begin to notice the slight difference in your eyes.
Following these steps can help you to reduce signs of an uneven skin tone. Combining all of these steps will help you to maximise the result. Some of the steps should already be part of your routine, for instance applying SPF daily. In addition to using a vitamin C or Rosehip Oil, moisturiser, eye cream and SPF, include a dark spot corrector when needed to help you with handling your uneven skin tone.
Applying this approach, you will not only be able to achieve a radiant and even skin tone, but you will also help to protect your sensitive skin from future discolouration. Ultimately, you will have a youthful glow.