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What Hyperpigmentation Did to my Skin

I never knew a skincare issue like Hyperpigmentation existed until I became pregnant with my kids. I knew about the condition because I noticed the skin changes on pregnant women but I didn’t research it or give much thought to it. Hyperpigmentation descended upon me whilst pregnant about 5 years ago, and then I started to experience it real life.

At first, I thought it would all disappear after delivery, but then it didn’t. Then I thought it surely go away within a few months, once I was done with breast-feeding, but it didn’t. It reduced months after delivery but it did not completely go away until my twins were around 3 years old. So it literally took me over 3 years to get my skin tone back. Can you imagine that?

For those who have never experienced Hyperpigmentation, this skincare issue occurs when melanin is overproduced in certain spots on the skin. So for me, that was on my entire face and my neck. It occurs as a result of hormonal influences, and 90% of pregnant women experience it. Women with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation.

So you have a clear picture of what I am on about, here are some pictures for you to compare.

 

Before Pregnancy

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During Pregnancy

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After Pregnancy

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As you can see in the before, during and after pictures, my skin experienced significant changes during and after pregnancy. I must confess, I found the changes hard to deal with. I expected my skin to bounce back weeks after childbirth but it didn’t and I didn’t like the way I looked.

At first, I tried to ignore it and carry on as normal, thinking it was one of those hormonal imbalances that would just correct itself but it didn’t. So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

 

How I Dealt with my Hyperpigmentation
Suncream

I started paying more attention to my skincare. I made sure I applied as much sunscreen as required, and stayed out of the sun.

 

Exfoliate

Exfoliating once a week with the right products helped. Getting rid of the dead skin helped to brightened up my facial skin.

 

 Skincare Products

I explored various skincare products and fell in love with quite a couple.  I recently reviewed this Vitamin C Ultra Brightening Serum by The Hero Project, and it is really good. I apply it every morning and it does the trick. Another great serum is the KOSE Sekkisei Emulsion. It also contains Vitamin C, and other amazing ingredients.

 

Food Supplements

Food supplements have also helped my skin greatly. I am a huge fan of Well Woman and BioCare Supplements. Nutrient deficiencies can contribute to poor skin health. Food Supplements that may help improve skin health and appearance include:

  • Antioxidants, including vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E
  • Vitamins B3 and B5
  • Evening Primose Oil
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Zinc

 

 

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My skin is still not back to what it was 100% but it is getting there. If you suspect that you are dealing with hyper pigmentation, I would recommend you see a dermatologist for professional advise. Don’t be like me and leave it to go on for years.

Have you ever struggled with hyperpigmentation? How did you deal with it?

 

 

 

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Patting is the Best Skincare Application

Last week I came across an interesting discovery – we have been applying skincare products the wrong way! For as long as I can remember, I have been applying skincare products by rubbing them into my skin. That’s the only way I ever knew how. And I am sure most of you apply cream or lotions the same way too.

 

 

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I was very surprised to find out that all the while I had been applying skincare products into my skin, I had been damaging my skin in the process and drastically reducing the efficacy of the products I apply on my face. After I made an interesting discovery of the effects of rubbing, I found it really important for me to share this information with you.

 

What rubbing really does to your face

Rubbing skincare products on your face stretches the skin. This directly results in wrinkles as the rubbing breaks down collagen and elastin that help to keep your skin smooth. So here’s what that means: Every time you rub, you add more wrinkles to your face.

Strangely, I thought that if I rubbed the cream on my skin, it would help evenly distribute the cream on my skin but it turns out I was totally wrong. Instead of distributing my skincare product, rubbing made me remove it off my skin thus leaving only a little product to work on my skin.

Rubbing skincare products on your skin leaves your face looking puffy. This is because the rubbing movement pushes against the flow of your lymphatic system. This is what causes the puffiness.

 

 

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Why you should do more patting

Right now you’re probably as surprised as I was when I found out how rubbing has been affecting my skin all these years. The good news is that there is no better time to make the switch to patting than now.

Apparently, patting comes with a lot of benefits. In fact, it does the complete opposite to what rubbing does. When you pat skincare products on your skin, you’re actually helping to enhance the production of collagen on your skin and stimulate blood flow. Collagen is what will help make your skin firm and elastic.

As you put products on your skin and pat instead of rub, you’re assured of a more even distribution of the product on your skin. This helps to ensure that you enjoy the full benefit from the product you purchase.

Patting is gentler on your skin and it has been proven to increase the efficacy of the products you apply on your face. This is because more product is being absorbed into your skin. No wonder the products I bought some months ago didn’t work as well as I had expected!

Knowing that this little hack can make all the difference in your skincare regimen is comforting. So start showing your skin more love by patting your skin instead of mindlessly rubbing it. It could go a long way to give you the smooth and youthful glow you had been looking for.

 

 

How to Cleanse, Tone and Moisturize Properly

I don’t think there is any skincare routine that doesn’t include a good cleanse, tone and adequate moisturizing. And as important as those 3 are, some people either don’t do them correctly or neglect them all together.

It may seem strange to think that some people don’t know how to cleanse, tone and moisture properly but it really does happen. That’s why I thought I should outline the step by step process so that you get the full benefit of your skincare routine.

 

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Step #1 – Wash Your Face

Choose a mild soap and wash your face with lukewarm water. Take note not to be over-enthusiastic about the temperature of the water you use to wash your face. The water must not be so hot as to hurt your face or so cold to freeze your skin.

Make sure that you choose a soap that is not too harsh on your skin. Most soaps contain chemicals that may cause you skin irritation so be careful with the kind of soap you use.

 

Step #2 – Apply a Cleanser

You need to also exercise caution with the type of cleanser you go with. There are 3 different skin types: dry, combination and oily skin. So you should buy a cleanser that goes with your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, choose a cleanser that is not harsh as it may irritate your skin.

Soak a cotton ball with the cleanser and gently apply it on your face. It’s better to do this in circular motions so that it goes into your pores and takes all the dirt out effectively.

If you have dry skin, it’s better to use an oil based cleanser so that your skin doesn’t dry up. If you have oily skin then you should go for a cleanser that helps reduce oil production.

Make sure that you avoid letting the cleanser anywhere near your eyes so that it won’t burn.

 

Step #3 – Apply a Toner

The next step is to tone. Toning helps to shrink pores and improve the complexion of your skin. You also need to be careful with the type of toner you buy. Make sure you choose a toner that works well with your skin type.

Soak a cotton ball with the toner and gently apply it all over your face, taking care not to get any toner in your eyes.

 

 

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Step #4 – Moisturize

This is the final step to your skincare routine. Moisturizing is what will help give you that youthful look. It keeps your skin hydrated and smooth. Moisturizers that have UV protection are a bonus as that kind of moisturizer will help protect you from the harmful effects of the sun.

There are different moisturizers for each skin type. With dry skin, you need to apply extra moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated. There are specially formulated moisturizers for those with oily skin as well.

Take a moisturizer in your hands and rub it gently over your face in circular motion. This will allow your skin to soak in the moisture. Apply extra care around your eyes as the skin there is very sensitive.

 

Skin Products

 

Skin Revivals Age Defying Hydro Crème-Gel

I am currently using this Skin Revivals Age-Defying Hydro Crème-Gel and I am loving it so much. It has the comfort of a cream and the cooling feel of a gel. And it feels so good on my skin. It goes for £14 for a 50ml jar.

 

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Here is the product description from Beauty Naturals website –

 

This ultra-light, luscious creme gel melts away on your skin and provides intense hydration and lasting comfort.

The cocktail of replenishing ingredients includes extracts of pomegranate and aloe vera to help revitalise and soothe redness.

 

 

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Clarol Products

I have been using Clarol products for some weeks now and I like them all. The products are Clarol SeboPure, Clarol Silver and Birch Exfoliating Face Wash, Clarol Conceal & Shield and Clarol Skin Flora Re-Balancing Serum. They are great for my skin. I have fallen in love with the Exfoliating Wash in particular. I think it smells amazing and leaves my skin clean and smooth.

Silver & Birch Exfoliating Wash costs £11.95 (75ml). Skin Flora Re-Balancing Serum is a vegan product and is FREE from perfume, parabens, triclosan, MI and SLS and costs £12.95 (50ml). Sebopure costs £12.95 (50ml).

 

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Defensil Rescue Serum

This Defensil Rescue Serum brings immediate relief to extreme dryness and itching. It is great for the current chilly weather we are experiencing. Defensil costs £9.95 for 75ml and it is available at Skin Shop.

 

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Liquorice Balm

This Liquorice Balm is a super smooth hypoallergenic lip balm containing an active extract of liquorice. I really like the way my lips feel after using this balm. It is definitely my go-to lip balm this winter. It is available from Skin Shop (link above) at £7.95 for 30g.

 

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How do you cleanse, tone and moisturise properly? Have you tried any of these products? Please share any skincare tips in the comments section.

Thanks for reading.

 

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