What supplements should I be taking if I have pigmentation?
For most of us when we think anti-ageing, we think lines and wrinkles however a study by Proctor and Gamble, showed that uneven skin-tone alone can account for up to 20 years of age perception. Simply put, sun damage can put 20 years on you. It’s not the lines and wrinkles that are making you look like your mother, it’s the uneven skin tone.
What is pigmentation?
Firstly, there are two types of pigmentation. Hyperpigmentation – darker pigment and hypopigmentation – light pigment.
The hypopigmentation is rarer, however, famous model, Winnie Harlow, is championing the way for this rare skin disorder allowing thousands of people suffering from hypopigmentation to feel accepted.
The more common is hyperpigmentation and is caused by sun damage, inflammation or other skin injuries such as scars or burns or acne scars. We can also be born with hyperpigmentation, e.g. birthmarks.
All of these types of hyperpigmentation are caused by one thing – melanin. This is what gives our skin it’s colours, think of it as the ink that colours your skin. Now sometimes that ink can change colour or oxidise (like if you leave an apple out in the air and it turns brown) if it is exposed to light, more specifically UVA light.
This is why SPF is so important in your skin routine, as our skin is exposed every single day to UVA light which is causing pigmentation. What happens naturally as we age as well, is that our melanin starts to become patchy and be distributed less evenly – the ink starts to dry out. This means that then exposing our skin to sun is drying that ink more quickly which causes accelerated ageing.
The main thing that you can do to reverse pigmentation is Vitamin C and Vitamin A. These two ingredients will help to rebuild and correct your melanin.
Another thing that can cause pigmentation is changes in your hormone levels, you may of heard of the pregnancy mask – this is pigmentation caused by changes in your hormones during pregnancy which causes your melanin to over produce in sections of your skin. Often it disappears after pregnancy but lots of women suffer from it. Other times that your hormones are going through extreme change is
- Oral contraceptive
- Hormone replacement therapy
So, in summary what causes pigmentation? UVA and UVB exposure and hormone changes. The hormone changes are at times unavoidable however you CAN avoid UVA and UVB exposure by wearing an SPF 15 or 30 every single day and reapplying if you are in direct sunlight in the afternoon.
What supplements should I be taking for pigmentation?
I would recommend only one supplement for pigmentation, Skin Vit C. This powerful dose of vitamin C orally will help to correct pigmentation as well as using Vitamin A topically on the skin will make a huge difference. I would recommend Environ AVST.
Another thing to remember with pigmentation is that it will get worse before it gets better, in order to expose the lovely fresh, even skin tone underneath you need to firstly draw out the old pigment first. Therefore, for the first few weeks it may seem your skin is getting worse, however persevere, it will get better!
Skin Vit C
- Photo protective – protects against the sun
- Stimulates collagen – anti-ageing
- Antioxidant protection
- Inhibits excess melanin production
- Reduces redness and calm inflammation
- Vitamin C (500mg)
- Hesperidin (a bioflavonoid that is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory – found in oranges, grapefruit and lemon_
- Rutin (powerful antioxidant – very high in apples)
- Bioflavonoids (antioxidants)
- Rose Hip
All my clients always say to me, “I already take vitamin C” well not like this one you don’t! I encourage you to take a look at the back of your supplement packet and look at the mg of Vitamin C – The Advanced Nutrition Programme supplement is 500mg, what’s yours?
How to use: Take one tablet a day with a meal – for added Vitamin C for the body, take Vitamin C Plus.
Wishing you happy and healthy skin, Ms. Glow X