My Daily Melasma Routine:
For healing/preventing dark spots and hyperpigmentation
Step 1. PHYSICAL SKIN PROTECTION
ALWAYS wear a hat/t-shirt, etc. to cover the affected areas and keep the out of the sun! Although the sun isn't the *only* culprit, it does make hyper-pigmentation worse!
Step 2. Use a gentle cleanser
Avoid harsh chemicals that may strip your skin of it's natural oils and INCREASE dark spots and hyper-pigmentation. For dry, sensitive skin, I recommend this daily nourishing cleanser. If you're more acne prone (like me!) this is the cleanser I recommend.
step 3. Toner pads
These are an optional step in the process (because they are a bit on the pricy end) but these rejuvenating toner pads are AMAZING at reducing pore size and minimizing the appearance of dark spots. I highly recommend getting them and cutting them in half to make them last 2x as long! (Use 1x in AM and 1x in PM after cleansing)
STEP 4. SERUM
I highly recommend incorporating an omega 3 + Vitamin C serum underneath your moisturizer in order to even out skin tone, reduce dark spots, and increase anti-oxidant levels in the skin. This rejuvenating serum does all of the above and leaves a lightweight, dewy feel on the skin after applying. Use 1x in AM after toner pads and 1x in PM after toner pads
STEP 5. (DAY)
After applying your serum, be sure to apply an anti-oxidant rich moisturizer like this one that has been proven to reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as repair and stimulate new cell growth in order to improve skin texture and appearance. Use after serum in the AM.
step 6. (night)
I am OBSESSED with using oils on the skin (even acne prone peeps, don't fear!) but you ONLY want to use oil on your skin at night (especially if you have melasma) because the oil will attract more of the suns rays onto your face. (No thanks). This Vitamin C rich oil is a perfect boost of moisture and anti-oxidants to help repair and even out your skintone over night. Use after serum in the PM.
Step 7. Chemical skin protection
ALWAYS use a protective sunscreen whether you plan to be in the sun or not! Just be sure to stick with zinc-based sunscreens and avoid the O's (oxybenzone, etc.) because they can make hyper-pigmentation worse.
Step 8. cover up your dark spots
This one is obviously optional as well, but if you're like me, you might be looking for a tinted moisturizer/foundation that WORKS to cover up your dark spots/melasma while you heal. I LOVE this tint skin foundation and find it to be the perfect combination of coverage while still being lightweight enough to give me that "dewy" appearance.
If you're looking for a little less coverage, AND want to combine your SPF and tinted moisturizer into one product, check out the dew skin moisturizer instead (keep in mind this one will be LESS coverage though).
If you decide to try out my melasma-minimizing routine, be sure to take before and after photos and let me know what you think of the results!
And, if you have any skin-specific questions be sure to e-mail me :) firstname.lastname@example.org
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