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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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Product Review – Japanese skincare with KOSE and Ichikami

Happy Valentine’s Day peeps! I hope you are all having a love filled day. I have always wanted to try Japanese skincare. It has been high on my beauty/skincare list. So you can imagine how super excited I was to get the opportunity to try a few of them some days ago. M went over to get some work done in Japan, and I had the opportunity to place an order 😊.

I will be reviewing all the Japanese skincare products I got in the next coming weeks. So look out for my review posts. They will be worth it. Here is my first review post.

 

KOSE Sekkisei Emulsion £41

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I did a bit of research before getting this product, and I am glad to say it exceed all my expectations. It is an amazing skincare product.

KOSE Medicated Sekkisei Emulsion is a quick absorbing lightweight moisturiser, which balances the moisture level, and softens skin.

 

Key Ingredients
  • Angelica root extract
  • Coix seed extract
  • Melothria root extract
  • Inula Britanica Flower extract
  • Paeonia Albiflora Root extract

 

PROS
  1. I love the packaging. It comes in a compact bottle with a pump.
  2. It is suitable for all skin types.
  3. I found it so easy to use. You just need to apply a tiny bit to a cleansed face.
  4. This product contains Vitamin C, which is great for getting rid of freckles and ageing spots.
  5. It smells so good.
  6. It leaves my skin feeling soft and supple.

 

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CONS

None

 

I am seriously loving this KOSE Medicated Sekkisei Emulsion a lot. It is an amazing product, and I recommend it to anyone in need of some skincare TLC. This skincare product is worth trying.

 

 

Ichikami Hair Styling Water £18.68

I am always on the lookout for great hair products to try out. I normally make my own styling water with water and almond oil. But then I found this Ichikami Hair Styling Water, and knew I had to try it.

 

Ichikami Hair Styling Water image

 

 

Key Ingredients

Moutan Bark Extract、Fermented Black Rice α※1、Rice EX-S※2、Cherry Blossom Extract、Camellia Extract、Blackberry Lily、camellia seed Oil
※1:Lachancea, fermentation solution of hydrolyzed rice, and rice extract 
※2:Selected ingredients derived from water used to wash rice (phytic acids are blended into shampoos only) 

 

PROS
  1. It leaves the hair smelling amazing. I love the fresh fragrance.
  2. It comes in a compact 200ml bottle with a pump.
  3. It leaves the natural hair feeling very soft and shiny, making it easy to style.
  4. This styling water helps repair damaged hair.

 

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CONS

None

 

I will purchase this Ichikami Hair Styling Water again. I love what it does to my hair, and I recommend it to anyone in need of a new hair styling product. This right here is definitely worth trying.

 

Have you tried any of these Japanese skincare products? What do you think of them.

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