Let’s face it. Inner beauty is great, but people notice your skin – especially your face. Your face is the maker of first impressions about you, gateway to your best love life, hook to your sales pitch, and proof that the world is kinder to pretty girls. But setting that aside, every woman wants to look good. Whether people notice or not, there’s nothing to boost a lady’s confidence more than looking and feeling great. Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with blemish-free skin. Not everyone is a magazine cover girl.
And in trying to achieve clear skin, one of the most difficult things to deal with is dark marks. Dark marks are those blemishes that are left on our skin after a breakout or after a wound has healed, sun spots, traces of skin conditions such as rosacea or contact dermatitis, and others. The thing about spots is that because they are areas where pigmentation is concentrated, they are hard to get rid of and usually take a lot of time to fade. In general, scars, such as pimple marks or acne scars, go away or fade in a matter of months. While it’s good to know that pimple marks are not forever, dealing with them for months is really burdensome. Sure, concealers are heaven-sent, but not having to wear concealer is way better.
While acne scarring, pimple marks, and sun spots will fade given ample time, there are things that can be done to hasten the fading and healing processes. They don’t have to be expensive. In fact, most remedies may be already sitting in your home.
Incorporate lightening products into your beauty regimen
To make the fading process faster, help your skin out by deliberately using skincare products that have lightening properties. In order to choose the right products, be on the lookout for those that have melanin-inhibiting properties. Remember that it’s the melanin in our skin that gives the spots their darker color.
When our skin is exposed to trauma of some kind, such an infection in a pore that results in a pimple, our skin tries to recover itself. This recovery process involves the production of more melanin in affected areas. Have you ever noticed that when a wound is near complete healing, the skin around it gets darker? That’s exactly what happens with pimple marks as well. More melanin is also produced when our skin is exposed to too much sunlight, because melanin acts to protect our skin from sun damage.
To help hasten the lightening of your dark spots, melanin-inhibiting products target the problem right on the mark. Product lines like the Zeta White 3-Step Lightening Package will help the marks fade faster without being abrasive, harsh, or irritating to the skin. What’s important to note is that whitening products that bleach the skin may bleach the dark areas but put you at risk of allergic reactions, dryness, and irritation. Inhibiting melanin production, on the other hand, helps to treat the problem while causing no adverse reactions.
Do not wait until your skin is flaky before you take action. Dark marks and spots tend to become more pronounced when your skin is dry. At the same time, fine lines and wrinkles form more easily in these kinds of conditions. To keep your skin plump, healthy, and hydrated, moisturize your skin day and night. Use a nourishing moisturizer that also has antioxidant properties to boost your skin’s healing capacity.
As we age, we lose more and more of our skin’s natural ability to regenerate itself. Because of this, we have to exert more effort in helping our skin recover from the gravitational pull of years gone by. By moisturizing your skin on a regular basis, you are keeping your skin healthy and more capable of bouncing back when injuries occur.
On top of applying moisturizer, drink plenty of water. Set a daily goal for yourself in order to make sure you drink enough water every day, until drinking plenty of fluids becomes a habit.
Spot-treat as soon as marks appear
The earlier you treat those spots, the better. Do you notice how when a pimple has just gone down and it doesn’t hurt anymore, it becomes pinkish instead of purplish or brown? That’s the perfect time to get right down to targeting it. Don’t wait until it has become brown before you do something about it.
Look for products that contain niacinamide or other brightening ingredients. Niacinamide inhibits the production of melanin in the skin, which makes for a lightening effect on the areas where it is applied. Also, pull out your zit cream and put it to use as soon as you feel a bump that’s a potential pimple. Applying acne creams at this very early stage will give you a higher rate of effectiveness compared with when you treat full-grown pimples.
Protect your skin from the sun
Sun exposure will make any dark marks, scars, or sensitive areas on your skin darker and even more irritated. Whenever you’re going out in the daytime, use a sunscreen with UV protection or a high SPF level to ensure that you’re not damaging your skin as you’re out and about.
If you can stay indoors if you have skin that’s irritated or rendered highly sensitive because of a skin condition or after certain treatments, like laser or chemical peel.
To make the most of your sunscreen, choose one that is also infused with lightening properties, like the Zeta White sunscreen, so you’re protecting your skin from the sun and at the same time lightening it.