The insider secrets to being bright and beautiful.
Where once the focus for anti-ageing skincare was on combating lines and wrinkles, the latter few years have seen a shift towards a concern to banish dark spots and get an even-toned complexion that glows with inner health. Because these days, we don’t want to look 10 years younger, we simply want to look the very best version of ourselves – whatever our age.
Yet, hormones, medication and UV light can all contribute to the increased production of melanin – the pigment that causes dark spots to appear on the skin and compromise its luminosity. The good news is that while correcting dark spots used to confound scientists and product innovators, new technology means that our success rate is now much greater. So try the new, high performance ELEMIS Dark Spot Corrector that launches this month – then optimise your glow with our expert guide to getting brighter skin overall.
‘C’ is for clarify: While a diet rich in vitamins and minerals is always advisable, prioritising vitamin C could help roll back pigmentation and boost your skin’s natural luminosity. Not only does vitamin C inhibit the production of tyrosinase, (an amino acid that’s converted to melanin) but it also helps mop up free radicals, spurs collagen production and fosters renewal. While oranges are an obvious source of vitamin C, bell peppers, broccoli, sprouts and kiwi are also some of the most potent sources of this essential skin-brightening nutrient.
Resurface and rejuvenate: Skin is undergoing a constant process of regeneration. Yet because this process slows down as we age, sometimes the skin needs a little extra help. ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Gel Mask retexturises skin, speeding exfoliation of its outer layer to reveal one that’s more radiant beneath.
Capture the light: As brightening is all about reflecting light, make-up can go a long way to instantly illuminating your complexion. To counteract dark spots or pigmentation, prep the skin with an illuminating primer such as ELEMIS Pro-Radiance Illuminating Flash Balm. Then choose a foundation with a liquid formulation, which tends to make for a more dewy end result. Fair skin tones will suit peachy shades, while darker complexions will require something with an orange undertone. Finally, a favourite brightening trick of professional make-up artists is to pat a small amount of clear lip balm onto the tops of cheekbones and temples to bounce the light and give skin back its glow.
Be hands-on: It’s not just our faces that are increasingly vulnerable to developing dark spots as we age. Their daily exposure to UV light means that hands often succumb to sludgy brown age marks. Prevention is always better than cure – so ward off such spots by applying sunscreen to your hands every morning.
Get targeted: The ELEMIS formula of science, nature, delightful textures and results-driven products all come together in the new ELEMIS White Brightening Dark Spot Corrector. Firm in the belief that stubborn dark spots require targeted action with a high concentration of active ingredients, the brush applicator pen allows for precise application – exactly where you need it. As a result, the formation of dark spots in the future is prevented, existing ones fade, and the surrounding skin is left exactly as it is. Even if we do say it ourselves, this is one high achieving product.
I have used it for 2 weeks now and the age spots I have targeted have lightened considerably. There is no wastage as you are able to apply this just where it is needed. I have had no reaction to this product just the pleasure of seeing my dark spots fade away.