Celebs Get Real About Pigmentation
As seen on Cosmopolitan.com.
Major wrinkles aren’t the only tell-tale sign of ageing. Pigmentation – blotchy, dark patches on your skin caused by an over-production of melanin – can prematurely age you, too.
It’s a common problem for Aussie women as one of the main causes of pigmentation is sun exposure. Hormones, medication (even the pill), skin scarring and pregnancy can all play a part, too. Heaps of women experience hormonal pigmentation called melasma aka “the mask of pregnancy” after they’ve given birth.
Luckily, you can fix it. Active serums featuring a mix of brightening and exfoliating ingredients help to treat uneven tone, whilst you can fade freckles and fix stubborn pigmentation with laser light treatment.
Oh, and you’re TOTALLY not alone. Even celebs battle against pigmentation, too. Here, five stars reveal their struggle with uneven skin tone and share how they fixed it.
Zoe Foster-Blake’s European holiday pigmentation rant is ALL OF US. “Best thing about beach holidays: beach holidays. Worst thing about beach holidays: friggen hyperpigmentation. (NOT freckles, rather the large clusters of brown.) The worse it gets, the harder it is to shift, and aside of the fact it’s the skin under siege/an inflammatory response my belief is that it’s uneven skin tone – not wrinkles – that makes the skin look aged. And TERRUST ME, I know all the tricks… hyperpigmentation is the biggest bitch in bitch town.”
Her solution? Pigment inhibitors, antioxidants, broad-spectrum physical sunscreen, wide-brimmed hats, peels and microdermabrasion. The struggle is real.
Jenna Dewan Tatum got melasma when she was pregnant with her daughter Everly. Yep. She’s been trying to fix it for TWO YEARS. In May she finally had a pigmentation reduction treatment and was totally wowed by the results: “OK-I don’t normally post about this stuff but I have to share because this is amazing! That’s the side of my cheek close up so you can see- I have melasma from pregnancy and I swear nothing has worked (and I tried it all!) except this. The Coolaser from Epione. The hype is real people. And no I’m not being paid.”
“When I was pregnant [with Rocket] I got a lot of pigmentation,” Lara Worthington told The Skincare Edit. To treat her melasma she used a brightening serum every night. She also relies on regular gentle peels, light therapy and microdermabrasion to fix stubborn pigmentation and keep her skin in check. Annnnndddd her expert bit of advice? “Use sunscreen. Everyday.” YAS, gurl.
Kim Kardashian has always been a big fan of anti-ageing beauty treatments – remember her vampire facial selfie?!?! She recently wrote a post on her app all about laser treatment, saying: “A major trick of the trade is to get laser treatments… Laser treatments are super cutting edge and I love them as preventative measures to deal with ageing before it happens, like dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.” Kim always looks ~FLAWLESS~ and now you know how: laser therapy. Brb booking in now.
Olivia Munn shared some ~flawless~ anti-ageing insight earlier this year: “I love my freckles. But over the past couple of years I’ve seen more come up and merge with other freckles to make large dark spots. Dark spots prevent your skin from reflecting light and gives you a dull complexion,” she said. She swears by products that feature a mix of salicylic acid and glycolic acid to give her all of the glowy skin feels.