Melasma is a skin condition I have been asked a lot about lately. Usually problematic in the face, melasma is an overproduction of pigment making the skin appear darker in certain areas. It is a skin condition that is typically related to hormones and can be worsened by sun light, skin inflammation/acne or certain types of medication.
Some of the women I talk to have seen an increase or experience melasma for the first time after having kids. One way to avoid it from getting worse is to avoid excessive sun exposure. I know personally after having kids I am in the sun much more than before. Between pool days, going to the park and other outside activities it is hard to avoid. Here are some helpful hints to help tackle melasma.
1. Limit Sun Exposure – If you have to be in the sun, make sure to cover your face. I try and wear a hat as much as possible when I am out with the kids. Even the best sun protection has its limitations so try and cover up. This is the first and most important tip because if you start to treat the skin without covering up it will not help and could even make it worse. I think getting out in the sun is healthy and Vitamin D is crucial for our health but at least limit your face if working on this problem.
2. Look at Medications- Some of the birth control out there among other prescription medication can lead to an increase in pigmentation, so ask your doctor.
3. Topical Treatment Options– I am not a fan of harsh lightening creams, partially because they are not exactly great for the skin but also because if you aggravate the cells in the skin responsible for melanin production while using those products, the problem will come back even worse.
Regular exfoliation and brightening/lightening serums do a great job of managing pigmentation in the skin. I love Brilliance from Sircuit Cosmecuticals for its brightening agents. They ship free over 50 dollars as well. If you want to add a Vitamin C/A regimen, check out Sircuits website, they have amazing products that target pigmentation and use high quality and effective ingredients. Read more here on these products: Repair Post ‘Summer Skin’
4. Laser – If skin care treatments are in your budget I would recommend going to a medical spa or dermatologists office for a consultation. Some of the lasers out there do wonders, make sure you are going to a reputable place where the technician is experienced. Remember to be vigilant about covering up during these treatments. The summer months are not ideal for these types of treatments, although in Southern California I think Summer is the only season we have left.
I hope this helps navigate how to best work on decreasing melasma and pigmentation while brightening your skin in a safe way. Please comment below if you have a product or treatment that has worked for you or if you have any questions!
One of the most frequently asked questions I get on my blog is that of sun protection. Especially from moms who worry about what to put on their children. I recently wrote an article on everything sunscreen for the Mom’s in Charge Non-Profit organization, you can read it here!
The mission of Mom’s in Charge is to empower moms to raise healthy vibrant kids and I am a proud member. If you want to learn more about MIC please go to their website and also this past blog post where I interview the president and founder Dotty Hagmier: MIC Post
Mom’s in Charge
Spring Clean Your Cosmetic Bag
As a mom who is always on the go, I appreciate multifunctional items, especially when I am getting ready in the morning. I usually have about three minutes until my toddler starts breaking my make-up (true story).
I just started using the skinperfect primer spf30 by Dermalogica after not using a primer in while. I love the way this product makes my skin look underneath my make-up and even better, I can wear it alone. This product is a three in one; as it is a primer, contains SPF and addresses anti-aging concerns. After I put this on my skin, I feel my face looks smoother, brighter and more even. If I am just running around I usually do not use a foundation and I feel the coverage, although light, is enough for me. When I do apply my foundation on top, it lasts longer and helps minimize the way my lines appear.
The skinperfect primer is filled with powerful ingredients such as peptides, white tea and SPF to help ensure it not only protects the skin but also repairs the skin from further damage. Because of the consistency of the primer this would be an excellent choice for a more oily skin type, especially with anti-aging concerns.
Do you wear a primer under your make-up? Let me know which one YOU like!
It’s bloody hot. I’ll admit I am a total sissy when it comes to the heat. My strategy is to lock myself in the house and become a shut in (thank you AC). For those of you crazy people who actually want to get out and do stuff here are some helpful skin care related tips and products I would use if I left my house.
The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to cover up of course! I always wear a hat at the pool or even going outside when the heat is up. And I don’t have to do my hair, win-win. I just bought a Roxy hat, check out there super cute selection: Roxy Hats
Wear a sun protection that has some color so you can forgo the foundation. Many people who are prone to breakouts have more problems in the heat when wearing a rich makeup base so keep it light. I like Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint this has an SPF of 30 and no artificial fragrances or colors. Plus key antioxidants such as green tea and grape seed extracts help protect your skin against sun rays even further.
If you happen to get a sun burn its important to treat your skin often with something healing. I like using Aloe, you can buy a pure aloe at most drug stores. I like to keep it in the fridge to treat a burn (ahhhhhh). Or an even better idea is to buy an aloe plant and break open a leaf to extract the aloe. Apply directly to skin. These plants are so easy to grow and look pretty cool too.
I know I have spoken about this Evian Spray before and you know how crazy I am about toners. This was my “go-to” spray toner this summer during the ridiculous heat, which by the way isn’t going away. I really liked to drench my skin whenever possible, especially right after my shower and before I apply skin care treatment products. It also can be used right on top of your make-up. The packaging is recyclable and the sprayer does not harm the environment.
At Skin Store.com they have a variety of sizes so you can bring one with you on a plane and keep one in your purse. Is it Fall yet?!
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Beach Bag Beauty
Summer is almost over, but the heat? Not so much. I just purchased one of my favorite SPF’s ultra sensitive faceblock spf25 by Dermalogica and I have fallen in love all over again. This oldie but goodie was a product I used to recommend to my clients all of the time and I love it for my skin as well. It is great for sensitivity but anyone can use it. I like to use it as my “foundation” sometimes because it’s tinted and has a beautiful shade (and that is one less step for me on a busy morning!).
Click on the link and check out the full ingredient listing and all the buzz about ultra sensitive faceblock spf25!
I heard that this week will be the hottest week this summer in SoCal. So when I am not locked in my house with the AC up as cold as it can go I will be submerged in water. Here are my top three favorite beach/pool bag beauty products I will be taking along with me:
1. Sun protection-really a no brainer. Look for a water resistant SPF when planning a day of fun in the sun. I like the La Roche Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid-only $29.50 at SkinStore.com
2. Lip Balm with SPF– I like Jason Lip Balm SPF 25-can be found at Mothers Market and other health food markets. Around 4 bucks!
3. Barex Sun Essential Oil-Click on post to find out why!
Now you are set, don’t forget the quarters!
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Who doesn’t love those little miniture products?! They are great for travel and so darn cute. Here are a few of my favorite “minis” (all under 3 oz).
Ultra Calming Cleanser-Dermalogica
Great for calming irritated skin and hydrating (making it perfect for travel).
Perfect if you are traveling to a humid climate this summer, I use it everyday regardless of the weather.
Evian Facial Water Spray
Great to stay hydrated all day long, refreshing and great for airline travel.
Milagro Tequila Silver
How cute is this bottle, I’m just saying. May not be a beauty item but it is perfect for travel!
Now all you need is a great bag to put it all in:
Also great for travel:
Donna Karen Deodorant
Skin is not the only thing that we need to protect as we frolic in the ocean and pool during these hot months ahead. Our hair takes a beating in the summer with the salt, sun and pool water, which is why I love the Sun Essential Oil by Barex. Not only does it help repair sun damaged hair with vitamin E and Rice oils, it also helps protect it from all of the elements.
Multi-vitamins and UV filters help keep hair soft and shiny so you can avoid the dull and dry looking “summer hair” I personally can do without this season! I just spritz on my hair and I am ready to go. You can’t resist the smell, I like to pretend I am on holiday in Tahiti. Where will you be going?
Summer is officially here! This is a great time to take inventory of your sun protection and to stock up on your favorite SPF, preparing for those beach/park days ahead for you and your family. I recently tried the Supergoop! SPF for the first time and LOVE it. I bought the SPF 30 for face and body which is a lotion and they also have other options depending on which type of application you prefer (spray, wipes etc). The lotion rubbed in without the ‘attractive’ white streak, was very lightweight and does not sting the eyes, hallelujah!
Key Benefits as listed on the website:
- PA++ UVA/UVB protection
- Very Water Resistant (up to 80 minutes in water)
- Weightless, oil-free hydration
- Paraben-free. Fragrance Free. No Animal Testing.
- TSA Approved for carry-on air travel
I love what I have read about the brand Supergoop!, they take pride in the quality of their products by eliminating harmful ingredients. Looks like I might have found the perfect sunscreen for my little guy and I to share! I will be buying the 24 oz size next time for the Body, that comes with a pump so I can slather away.
Knowing what we now know about the dangers of UV damage it is crucial we protect the little ones (and ourselves of course) with safe and effective products! Time to goop it up.