Pigmentation - what causes it and can it be reduced ?
Vitamin A is the cornerstone ingredient in the Environ skin care philosophy an essential skin nutrient that must be replenished daily for skin to appear healthier and more resilient.
The introduction of vitamin A into skin care formulations was a ground-breaking development in skin care. Dr Des Fernandes, rated amongst the top five plastic surgeons in the world, was a pioneer in this field in the 1980s discovering the essential role vitamin A plays in skin health.
He was the first to use vitamin A in high doses to help counteract the harmful effects of the environment, pollution and stress and create the appearance of radiant, visibly improved skin.
We believe that vitamin A is oxygen to the skin. It is also combined with other fundamental ingredients like antioxidants and peptides.
What Is Pigmentation and what causes it?
Pigmentation refers to discoloration of the skin, it has a complex set of causes ranging from sun damage, inflammation, hormones and skin damage which creates unevenly discoloured patches on the skin but other things can also effect the skin such as
- Contraceptive pill
Pigmentation is caused due to accelerated production of melanin in your skin these specialised cells are called Melanocytes. Melanin is the natural pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes their colour. However treatments and products from Environ can help repair and control the skin.
There are several types of hyperpigmentation, the common ones being melasma, sunspots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Melasma is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and may develop during pregnancy. Areas of hyperpigmentation can appear on any area of the body, but they appear most commonly on the stomach and face.
- Sunspots also called liver spots or solar lentigines, sunspots are common. They’re related to excess sun exposure over time. Generally, they appear as spots on areas exposed to the sun, like the hands and face.
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is a result of injury or inflammation to the skin. A common cause of this type is acne.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals get a lot of bad press and unfortunately, it’s all true. Free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) are unstable and highly reactive molecules that are produced naturally by cellular metabolism, and are also induced by UV light, air pollution, car exhaust, and cigarette smoke. Once they enter the body, they donate or steal electrons from other molecules in their quest for stability and in the process, they wreak havoc.
Low frequency sonophoresis together with pulsed iontopheresis in combination with Environ’s professional skincare products, help discover more of what skin needs it most making a real lasting difference to your skin.
Essential Radiance reveal - Targeting sun damaged skin, resulting in brightened and flawless skin
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Focus on Even tone – Powerful combination of Vitamin A, C and AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids) to assist lightening and brightening the skin.
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Bright recovery cool Peel - A gentle lactic Acid that targets the appearance of premature skin, fine lines and excess sun damage to give a brighter smoother complexion
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What products can help with Pigmentation?
How can we prevent pigmentation?
- Using Jane Iredale tinted moisturiser or pure press powder with at least an SPF of 20
- Wearing hats or clothing that block sunlight
- Avoiding the sun during the time of the day when it’s strongest, which is typically 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.