Skin Care Products You MUST AVOID, If you have AGE SPOTS or Pigmentation..!
How a right product can help alleviate the problem, like wise a wrong product can aggravate the problem more. Choosing a wrong product for your skin can cause havoc and also can make reversible damages to your skin permanently. Although I will sharing an Ayurvedic based skin care routine to reduce age spots or pigmentation naturally, I felt that before starting a new routine..one needs to know what are some of the wrong products one must and should avoid if they have age spots or pigmentation
Till then, read..understand and finally eliminate these ingredients or products from your skin care life.
Must avoid ingredients and products if you have age spots or pigmentation
Among the 1000 causes of age spots or pigmentation, exposure to sun for ‘longer duration’ is one of them. But you have been tricked to believe that sun expose was the only cause you got these brown spots on your face. To all those commercial skin care brands who promote such false facts to increase your sales, I have one question. why are women (specially homemakers) deprived of Vitamin D, have developed age spots or pigmentation on their face?
Why are women (working women), who basically spend their 99% of their day time in Air conditioned offices and cabs, develop age spots or pigmentation on their face in their late 20s?
Using just sunscreen (which claims to protect your skin from tan, but doesn’t) can create more problems than you couldn’t even have imagined, not just externally but internally too.
Avoiding sunlight creates more problems than exposing your skin to the sun rays. Spending a minuimum of 15-20 minutes under the sunlight is very crucial for your body.
Sunrays have unique healing power and are even beneficial to treat skin disorders, such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema. The light of the sun penetrates deep into the skin to cleanse the blood vessels.
Just make sure that you avoid sun exposure in the peak of the day i.e., from 12 pm t0 4 pm. In case you need to go out under some unavoidable situations in this peak time, use an umbrella and also cover your face with a scarf.
2 Hyaluronic Acid
One of the most common ingredient found in anti-aging creams is Hyaluronic acid. Many of you don’t know the truth of anti-aging creams and this is the reason there are countless number of anti aging creams, serums, moisturizes, toners, face washes and what not?
But the truth is there is no such thing which can really stop the biological process of human beings, that is aging.
Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in our body and it’s used to keep our skin and connective tissue lubricated, strong and healthy. Hyaluronic acid helps keep our skin hydrated, firm, smoother and younger. Over the years, may be in late 20s our skin starts to age due to the decreasing the levels of Hyaluronic acid in our body. this makes our skin cells depleted of hydration and thus forms fine lines and wrinkles.
As a result, many commercial brands chemically mimic Hyaluronic acid and use it in their anti aging products to promise us with ever lasting youthful skin benefits.
The question is, is this even really helpful to our skin? Because, the molecules of Hyaluronic acid are too big to penetrate deep into the epidermis to act upon. So in this case, you might see a instant effect but not long lasting results as the product you are using just works on the surface of the skin.
And as Hyaluronic acid has the power of attracting water molecules towards it to keep the skin surface hydrated, in areas where there is humid atmosphere..it draws out molecules from your own skin surface itself. This makes your skin age more quickly and more addicted to Hyaluronic acid moisturizers.
3. Hydrogen peroxide
A quick search online for using hydrogen peroxide for your skin can reveal conflicting, and often confusing results. Some users tout it as an effective acne treatment and a skin lightener for pigmented skin, but little we know the it can cause severe side effects when used on your skin for prolonged period of time.
One of the most negative side effect of using hydrozen periode for skin is reported to have inadvertently damage healthy cells around wounds that are needed for healing.
For bleaching skin, a study reported that you need a concentration of between 20 and 30 percent. This is much higher than the 3 percent that’s considered safe for home use. The risks of burns and scars are far greater than any potential skin lightening effects.
There are also few cases of reported sensitivity caused due to the use of hydrogen peroxide-based anti aging creams.
4. Hydroxy Acids
Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, and beta hydroxy acids, or BHAs, are some of the more common ingredients in anti-aging creams and other products.
These acids work like chemical peels, as dead skin cells are easier to remove when you use a hydroxy acid as an exfoliator. After dead skin cells are removed, the fresh cells reveal younger layers of skin, making the face appear brighter and revitalized. That’s a good thing, of course.
But, there is such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to hydroxy acids. The exfoliating effect, which works to increase the permeability of the skin, also strips the skin of its protective surface. As a result, your face may become dry and irritated.
The stripping effect also compromises your skin’s outer layers from blocking the penetration of harmful UV rays. Not only will you be more susceptible to sunburn as a result, but you could also potentially increase your risk for melanoma, in other words hyper-pigmentation.
Over-the-counter skin lightening creams are topically used to lighten darker skin types or to lighter areas of pigmentation in the skin. They contain a chemical called Hydroquinone that works by partially blocking the chemical reaction that occurs to produce melanin. As we already know, melanin is what gives our skin, hair and eyes colour.
The problem with Hydroquinone is that it is known to have some serious side effects, including thinning of the skin, acne and permanent skin bleaching.
Many countries have banned Hydroquinone for use in over-the-counter cosmetic preparations, including Australia. However, it is still available by prescription. At The Skin Care Clinic we have specialty serums for skin lightening and fading of pigmentation that are Hydroquinone-free.
Soon, there will be a post on the new routine that one can follow to reduce the age spots or pigmentation at the early to have clear skin naturally. If you need instant updates, you can follow my Instagram account to get new post alerts through stories.