Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation, it’s real, it sucks….it really sucks!  

What is hyperpigmentation?  It’s a grown-up thing/battle. 

Let’s say you have the opportunity to spend the majority of your 20’s living in Southern California, driving a convertible, and really enjoying the beach; you get into your late 20’s and all of the sudden you have a permanent spotty-tan on your face.  UGLY!

Technically Hyperpigmentation is “the darkening of an area of skin or nails caused by increased melanin.”

Preparing for battle, you have a few options.  

If you have loads of cash to spend on treatments, you can invest a few car-payments in peels, creams, lasers, etc.

If you are looking for something more affordable and less invasive, we have some weapons for you.  Please keep in mind, you didn’t get hyperpigmentation over night, and it will take real preserverance to win this battle. 

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Apple Cider Vinegar 

Use this as a toner DAILY.  We recommend diluting with water and using one that is organic, raw and/or unfiltered.  Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and Trader Joe’s are great brands to choose.  Apple Cider Vinegar is also great for treating acne.

 

Lemon

Straight up lemon juice is a natural sort of bleach.  It is also great for acne as well.  Sometimes I like to just take a slice, rub in around my face, tingle and rinse.  You can also make a mask using lemon juice and honey.

 

Turmeric

Make a mask using milk, lemon juice and turmeric.  You can get away with just mixing with some water.  We don’t have any real measurements here, just make it into a paste, apply and leave on for about 10 minutes.  (You may get distracted and leave it on for too long and find your face looks like an Umpa-Lumpa.  Don’t worry, soap, water and some Apple Cider Vinegar will take care of it.)

Turmeric is an anti-inflamatory and a great skin brightener.  Indian men and women have used it for centuries as a wedding tradition to have beautiful glowing skin on their wedding day.   

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Prevention is key.  Lots of sunblock, fancy-sun-hats, and shade.  

Arming yourself up on the inside is a great idea too.  Lots of vitamin C and B-12 are great weapons.  Vitamin C helps with collagen production and B-12 regulates your pigment production.

Berry-Yogurt-Mask

Not only are berries deliciously in season right now, they are packed with antioxidants 
and are fierce fighters of free radicals to keep your face radiant and glowing!
 
Here is an easy at home Berry Yogurt Mask recipe for you to enjoy.
 
What you’ll need:
    • 1/4 cup of mixed berries
    • (The darker the berry, the more antioxidants)
    • 2 Tablespoons of Plain Yogurt
    • 2 Tablespoons of Honey
    • (Honey is a gentle exfoliant and helps to seal in moisture)
    • 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
    • (The citric acid and vitamin C helps to brighten skin and is a wonderful astringent) 
    • Blender
 
  • Combine yogurt and honey in a blender and pulse until fully combined
  • Add berries and puree until smooth, and then add lemon juice
  • Apply the mixture to clean dry face and let mask sit for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry
 
PS: This is super tasty too  🙂