Your Guide to Dealing with Dark Spots
Dark spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, are a common skin concern for many. Often appearing as a result of overexposure to the sun, dark spots can take a major toll on your confidence and make you feel overwhelmed and frustrated.
Fortunately, goPure Beauty is here to help with this handy guide to dealing with hyperpigmentation using high-quality ingredients!
If you have started to notice dark spots appearing on your face, don’t let them get you down. Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition that many people experience, and it typically is not a sign of any underlying issues.
Dark spots can sometimes be mistaken for potentially malignant blemishes, but they are normally completely benign. However, if you do have concerns about spots on your skin of unknown origin, make sure to consult your dermatologist.
This post is all about dark spots and the best ingredients to use to reduce their appearance. As we always love to do here, we will be focusing on high-quality, all-natural ingredients that you can feel great about putting on your skin each day.
After all, the best way to deal with your skin concerns is by supplying your skin with only the good stuff – no unnecessary additives like artificial fragrances, dyes, sulfates or parabens here!
And now, without further ado, let’s get started on our dark spot-fighting journey!
So you’ve got dark spots. Spending too much time in the sun without sunscreen might not be helping.
One of the most common causes for dark spots has to do with the sun’s UV rays. As you age, your skin tends to become more vulnerable to damage as a result of overexposure to the sun. Too much UV light from the sun can leave your skin irritated, dried out and uneven-looking.
If you are not a habitual user of sunscreen, you are much more likely to start noticing sun damage’s impact on your skin, especially as you get older.
Sunscreen acts as a barrier between your skin and the harmful UV rays of the sun. Remember, sunlight isn’t bad for you – but too much unprotected exposure to UV rays can be!
Not wearing sunscreen sets up aging skin to be more vulnerable to not only sunburns, but dark spots as well. When your primary skincare goal is reducing the appearance of age-related blemishes, wrinkles and lines, consistently wearing sunscreen is one of the best ways to get there.
Using a mineral-based sunscreen can help to protect your skin from UV light, reducing the chances of sunburns, irritation and hyperpigmentation.
While sunscreen may not actively reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation that are already present on your skin, it can help to reduce the risk of more sun damage in the future. Sunscreen can also help to mitigate any additional sun sensitivity caused by products included in your skincare regimen. SPF is a must-have addition to any beauty routine, the finishing touch to put on after the rest of your products have been applied.
When you apply sunscreen, make it the final product that you put on your face at the end of your morning beauty routine.
Your skincare regimen is best started with any products that will be rinsed off, such as cleanser and exfoliator. After these rinse-off products are applied, next come the lightest topicals in your regimen – toner and any serums you are using. Next, the heavier products like moisturizer, eye gel and lotion can be applied. Finally, wrap things up with generous application of sunscreen, and you’re good to go!
Are your dark spots caused by acne scarring?
Another frequent cause of hyperpigmentation is the scarring left behind by breakouts. Acne, especially more severe, cystic acne, can leave patches of your skin impacted and discolored long after it has begun healing. Scarring from severe acne can take years to heal, and can take a major toll on your confidence.
If you dealt with cystic acne earlier in life, you may still be struggling to reduce the appearance of the scarring left behind by your worst breakouts. The spots left behind by cystic acne are often crater-like, leaving your skin looking discolored and uneven. It’s easy to get frustrated with these stubborn scars, but fortunately there are a few ingredients that can have a major impact on their appearance.
One of the best ingredients to use to reduce the appearance of dark spots from acne scarring is retinol.
Retinol is a form of vitamin A, which is an antioxidant that has numerous benefits for your skin. Using retinol on your face can refresh your skin, even out your complexion and make it easier to maintain a youthful appearance even as you age.
Retinol can be used in several forms as a component in your beauty routine. One of the best ways to use this powerful ingredient is in the form of a serum. A serum supplies your skin with a high concentration of the beauty-boosting ingredients inside, giving your skin the chance to absorb them and benefit from them as much as possible.
goPure’s Retinol Serum is ideal for reducing the appearance of dark spots. With the addition of vitamin E and green tea, this serum is perfect for helping you maintain an even, bright complexion.
Retinol can also be used in the form of a cream. In comparison to serums, creams are heavier, thicker and less concentrated, making them easy to spread and usable in larger amounts. A serum is applied to your face just a few drops at a time, but using a cream allows you to apply retinol to your face more generously.
Both retinol cream and retinol serum can be extremely useful as components in your dark spot-fighting arsenal, and both are equally capable of supplying your skin with much-needed antioxidants. You can use one or the other, or both together – it’s up to you!
Dark spots can be a normal part of getting older, but that doesn’t mean you are stuck with them.
One of the other main reasons many start to see dark spots, and what may be the cause for yours, is simple – getting older. The aging process tends to weaken your skin, making it more vulnerable to wrinkles, sagging, and, of course, dark spots. There’s no shame in getting older – it’s part of life!
However, noticing these aging-related skin issues popping up can be discouraging and frustrating, and you may well be on the lookout for effective ways of reducing their appearance.
Since getting older can naturally weaken your skin, one of the best ways to care for your face as you age is by supplying it with topical antioxidants.
Antioxidants can refresh, brighten and even out your complexion, and they are crucial nutrients that nourish your skin from the inside out.
One of the best antioxidants to include in your daily skincare routine, especially for dealing with dark spots, is vitamin C. Like retinol, vitamin C is a naturally-derived antioxidant with big benefits for your skin. You can use vitamin C as a component in your beauty routine in numerous forms.
We’ve included the antioxidant as a main ingredient in one of our favorite cleansers, moisturizers and serums, giving you plenty of ways to make it a part of your daily skincare regimen.
Vitamin C is excellent for evening out your complexion, brightening the duller, darker spots and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
When you are starting to notice the first signs of these aging-related skin issues as you get older, it’s the ideal time to get started with taking great care of your skin. Even if you are just getting started with skincare later in life, it’s as good a time as any to start!
The Perfect Dark Spot-Fighting Skincare Routine
Dealing with dark spots the right way means choosing ingredients that are naturally great for your skin. You don’t need to drop the equivalent of a nuclear bomb of chemicals on your skin to get great results.
Instead, use all-natural, gentle ingredients that are great for your skin and will keep it soothed, moisturized and refreshed.
Some of the best ingredients and products to include in your dark spot-fighting skincare routine are retinol, vitamin C, and a high-quality mineral-based sunscreen.
Retinol and vitamin C can be found in numerous forms – we use vitamin C as a main ingredient in cleanser, moisturizer and serum, and retinol in both a serum and a PM face cream. Adding these ingredients into your skincare routine in any form is a great move for reducing the appearance of dark spots.
Remember, as you embark on your anti-aging skincare journey, one of the biggest keys to success is patience. Results take time, but with the right ingredients and some diligence, you can keep your skin fresh, healthy and youthful well into your later years – and we’re here to help you along the way!