Pigmentation can be so frustrating, especially when it seemingly comes out of nowhere! Whether you have dark spots, dark circles, melasma, rosacea or any other kind of discoloration – here are all my tips & tricks on how to treat, prevent damage and hide what you have with makeup!
Treat current pigmentation by using exfoliating toners. Exfoliating toners with AHA & BHA’s will help to remove dead skin cells on your face, help to unclog pores, and, depending on their concentration, may remove the whole outermost skin later – beneficial for slowly eating away the pigmentation of facial pigmentation such as dark spots or melasma. I am no dermatologist but from my understanding, AHA’s are best for those of you who have extremely pigmented skin as it is water-soluble and will penetrate deeper. Saliclyic acid is the most common type of BHA, which is are great for treating acne, calming down redness and reducing inflammation.
Want a more natural pigmentation corrector? Aloe Vera contains aloin which is a natural depigmenting compound that lightens skin. Apply to your skin at night before bed and remove in the morning with the use of warm water.
Serums are great at lightening pigmentation and preventing further damage. Antioxidant enriched serums will help fight off pollution or UV rays that will only make your pigmentation darker/more pronounced. I love a vitamin C serum because it does just that, as well as inhibits the production of melanin (what your skin produces to give you a tan) which is a double whammy!! If you are sensitive to Vitamin C, try a Niacinimide based serum. I find them to be a little gentler.
Feel free to apply these serums in the morning or at night.
Wear a SPF every single day. Whether you are outside or inside, you should apply SPF. It’s recommended to use SPF 50 every day. I cannot lie to you, I will wear SPF 50-100 during the spring/summer months when I know I will be outside, but I prefer SPF 30 when I am running to work/to do errands (aka not spending the day directly in the sun). You should also wear SPF underneath your foundation, even if your foundation has SPF in it. I always wear a hat when spending the say outside. I really love this one.
Use a long-lasting makeup primer. It’s important your makeup lasts throughout the day and throughout your face, especially when you have pigmentation. If your makeup starts to fade in a certain spot, your skin color will look uneven and seemingly erase the work you are about put in, in order to cover it up.
Color Correcting is essential. Dark pigmentation? An orange or a red will cover it up. Use orange if you have fair to medium skin / use red if you are dark to deep toned. Have redness? Green will help correct it. Make sure to apply a very thin layer. I suggest using your fingers to ensure you get the thinnest layer possible.
Know the undertone of your skin. Picking the wrong tone of foundation can help to play up your pigmentation – plus, it just wont look good. For instance, if you are warm toned and use a cool toned foundation, your complexion can end up looking grey aka make your entire face look pigmented in comparison to the rest of your body. Not sure what you are? Look at your veins. If they are blue or purple, you are cool toned. If they are green, you are warm toned. If they are green and blue, you are neutral toned.
Use a high-coverage foundation and concealer. This will help to cover up anything and will ensure you don’t need to use a lot of product in order to get the coverage you desire. The more product = the more likely your makeup will move/fade throughout the day. Use a brush (in a stamping motion) when applying, a brush will pack the most coverage. Apply your foundation over your pigmentation first, this will help pack the most coverage over the areas that need it.
Set your pigmented areas with a powder foundation instead of translucent powder. This will create an extra layer of coverage and an extra layer of ‘makeup insurance’. If your makeup fades throughout the day, the first thing to go will be your powder. If it’s pigmented, it will not fade as fast as a translucent powder would.
Those are all my tips & tricks to help you cover any unwanted pigmentation. I really hope this was helpful. Please comment down below letting me know what you took away from this article and/or letting me know what makeup topic you’d like me to cover next!