As we grow older, our facial skin loses its capacity to reflect light. Pigments develop gradually in both the surface and deeper layers of the facial skin, making it appear slightly darker. Years of UV exposure and weathering tend to darken the skin on the face. In contrast to the smoother skin we had when we were younger, the sun and the elements generate creases and lines that absorb more light than they reflect. The amount of collagen in the face begins to dwindle, as does the amount of subcutaneous fat. As a result, the facial skin begins to thin and develops greater surface irregularity. An uneven, rough-textured skin surface does not reflect light and shine as well as smooth, soft skin. All of these variables work together to keep the skin from being as brilliant as it may be. The face begins to acquire a dreary, gloomy appearance, and we begin to appear morose, sallow, exhausted, and aged. If you stare at it long enough, you’ll start to feel the same way.
Is it possible to boost the skin’s brightness by using whitening or lightening skin care techniques? Absolutely you can with many treatments such as a skin bleaching serum. These treatments are based on current procedures for treating “hyperpigmentation,” or excessive pigmentation. When taken to its logical conclusion, we can even achieve a true “bleaching” of the skin. However, bleaching is an inexperienced, incomplete, and potentially dangerous way to improve skin brightness. Bleaching alone just addresses pigment issues, not the other “neglected” qualitative components of the skin, which are just as important and require equal, if not more, attention. And what exactly is bleaching meant to do? What about natural-looking results, ethnic identity preservation, and the possibility of colour mismatches (of the face with the neck and body) with such treatments?
Techniques that improve the overall health of the skin and its reflecting characteristics are preferable to bleaching (or merely whitening or lightening for that matter). We don’t necessarily desire “whiter” skin; instead, we want to boost the brightness and brilliance of our facial skin. We aim to boost the skin’s brightness and radiance by focusing on reflecting more light. We’re not searching for “whiter,” “washed-out,” “ethnic erasing,” “colour mismatched,” or “pale” skin. We desire repaired, regenerated, and healthier skin to look (and feel) naturally younger, refreshed, more alive, gorgeous, and radiant! “A gorgeous, healthy glow” is a phrase we’ve all heard before.
How are we going to get all of this done? It must begin where all effective skin care begins: with a thorough history and physical examination, followed by a thorough consultation with a skilled, trustworthy cosmetic skin care professional. Then comes the creation of a unified, personalised care plan, and we’re ready to go!
The following are the broad core concepts for re-establishing more dazzling and beautiful skin:
Even out your skin tone – One of the goals of a home skin care programme recommended by an aesthetician should be to achieve this. To help even out skin tone, our aestheticians frequently recommend using Neova Complex HQ Plus or Nia Skin Strengthening Complex into the overall cosmetic skin care routine. This is also a wonderful time to use Obagi-C Clarifying Serum.
Reduce discolouration and blotchiness by washing twice a day with a mild, high-quality product like Nia Gentle Cleansing Cream or Revision Brightening Wash. Acne control (e.g., Obagi Therapeutic Lotion or Kinerase Clear Skin Blemish Dissolver) and regular in-office facials are also crucial constants. Resistant and persistent reddish discolorations may indicate rosacea, while darker spots may indicate hyperpigmentation. These disorders frequently necessitate specialised treatment and, like other conditions, must first be thoroughly assessed by a cosmetic skin care professional before a treatment plan can be devised.
Smooth out and level the skin’s surface – In most circumstances, this will entail some form of resurfacing. In theory, regularly eliminating dead skin cells and debris aids in the promotion of smoother, more evenly textured skin. Techniques like Botox® and wrinkle fillers like Restylane®, which are helpful for deeper lines and folds, are added to the smoothing and levelling.
Increase the quality of the cells on the surface – plumper, more “alive” keratinocytes (skin cells) with more collagen are the aim. This is aided by peeling agents and methods. Retin-A® is the best single approach for this.
Reduce surface imperfections, resurface the skin, and remove dead skin cells/debris – There are a number of nice peeling-style solutions that may be used at home. The Neova Smoothing Gel and Nia Rapid Exfoliating Serum are two products we frequently prescribe. Chemical peels (such as Obagi Blue Peel Radiance®) and in-office microdermabrasion are examples of in-office treatments. Combinations are often more effective than using a single therapy strategy.
Increase skin cell turnover – Resurfacing methods tend to stimulate skin cell turnover as well. This helps to lighten pigmentation, smooth out surface irregularities, “push” dead skin cells away from the surface, and regenerate the skin.
Reduce dark, pigmentation spots on the skin’s surface (epidermal) – There are a range of treatment techniques for hyperpigmentation, and numerous publications can be discovered that discuss the most current treatments to this condition. The Obagi-C® Rx range, which combines the dual action lightening power of vitamin C and hydroquinone, is one of my favourites.
Increase the reflection of light from the skin’s surface – most lighteners and brighteners will do this to some extent. This “hot problem” can actually be addressed by a broad variety of products and substances. Many articles are currently accessible that list these, and anyone using or considering a product should double-check them. Revalskin Coffeeberry Illuminesse Brightening Complex is a unique and original method. It contains light reflecting mica and silica, in addition to the pleasant benefits of coffeeberry and other substances that help to brighten the skin.
Nutrition and Hydration – Last but not least, we all know that the skin is a quick indicator of your overall health and hydration level. There are a number of “skin-friendly” foods that are discussed in depth in many of the already available literature on the subject. And defining what goes into the composition of your skin through a good diet and regular exercise is probably more significant for improving a radiant appearance than what you put on it. Dehydrated, dry skin vs. well-hydrated, moist skin: which sounds like it would look smoother and brighter?