We were lucky enough to grab a catch-up with the gorgeous Paula Begoun, founder of worldwide skincare brand Paula's Choice, to discuss the issue of hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation is essentially any dark spots that appear on the skin that have been caused by too much exposure to the sun. When your skin is exposed to UV light, it produces Melanin, but sometimes it can produce too much, which is what causes these dark pigmentation marks.
Luckily, Paula is on hand to give us the top tips to keeping skin safe and free from these spots...
What Is The Best Way To Reduce Hyperpigmentation?
The number one way to reduce hyperpigmentation and prevent new spots from appearing is to be diligent and, dare we say, even obsessive about being sun smart every day of your life.
Never leave your home without first applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater. Being sun smart also includes never tanning or basking in the sun. We know this is hard to accept but please don’t shoot the messenger, it is just the hard truth! Even 1 minute of unprotected sun exposure triggers the formation of dark spots and skin discolorations as well as all other signs of premature aging.
While there are many wonderful skin lightening and brightening products (we think you will love the ones we have at Paula’s Choice Skincare!) none of those products can work well (if at all) if you’re not good about protecting your skin from sun damage. Sun protection plus lightening or brightening products are a package deal. Other products to consider would be a leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant (choose AHA if you have dry skin, BHA if you have oily skin) and an antioxidant-packed serum to improve skin tone and minimize signs of ageing.