HOW TO EVEN OUT UNEVEN SKIN TONE & TEXTURE
A broad term rather than a single skin concern, uneven skin texture and tone are signs experienced by all skin types and stages. There are many factors that can result in discolouration across complexions and differentiating skin texture.
Uneven skin tone will present differently, depending on whether your skin type is oily, mature, sensitive or dry. To gain a clarified and even skin tone, certain skincare ingredients can brighten skin tone for a more uniform complexion. Active ingredients such as certain antioxidants, AHAs, BHAs, retinoic substances and humectants can each improve skin texture and tone.
Alongside skincare routines, minor aesthetic procedures and lifestyle changes can improve radiance and uniformity across skin tones. View the different types of uneven skin tone below alongside our recommended formulas to implement for your skin type.
FEATURES OF UNEVEN SKIN TONE AND TEXTURE
Unevenly toned and textured skin on the face can manifest from a variety of stressors. Those with acne-prone skin may experience discolouration as a result of acne scarring or blemishes, which produces either brown or red marks across skin. Sensitive skin types can experience uneven skin tone and texture in the form of redness, which can occur through exposure to chemicals or environmental stress. All skin types can experience sun spots and hyperpigmentation as a result of UV radiation, though these signs appear in those with more mature skin. The occurrence of a rough and uneven skin texture however has one major cause – that being a build up of dead skin cells across the stratum corneum, the uppermost layer of skin.
INGREDIENTS THAT BRIGHTEN SKIN TONE
Fortunately, a range of ingredients are highly efficacious at reinstating even skin tone in every skin type. To brighten skin tone and improve texture, a combined exfoliative, strengthening and brightening routine is required. This can take different routine forms depending on skin type, but to improve skin texture and tone, each routine will feature at least one of the following ingredients:
- VITAMIN C: A frequently used antioxidant in brightening serums, vitamin C addresses oxidisation in skin. Its ability to neutralise free radicals and protect against oxidative stress helps in reducing the appearance of dark spots across skin alongside fine lines and wrinkles.
- RETINOL: A potent derivative of vitamin A, retinol creams and serums encourage cell turnover and renew the look of skin. These regenerative benefits assist in the reduction of acne-scarring and age-related discolouration.
- GLYCOLIC ACID: This alpha-hydroxy acid is able to improve skin texture efficiently, thanks to its exfoliative ability. Derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid promotes skin’s natural exfoliation and reduces the amount of dead skin cells on the surface of skin.
HOW TO GET EVEN SKIN TONE VIA AESTHETIC PROCEDURES
To enhance a brightened and even skin tone, certain aesthetic procedures can be undertaken as well as lifestyle habits implemented. Professional facials like microdermabrasion involve exfoliation of the epidermis layer of skin. Another form of exfoliation is hydra facials – which involves deep cleansing and is less invasive than other procedures. Alternative to physical exfoliations is chemical peels – which use acids to target dulled or discoloured skin. Gentle and supportive skincare routines should be used to protect and hydrate skin following these procedures. As the last step in clarifying skincare routines, broad spectrum sunscreen should be used daily. This protects against further instances of UV-induced discolouration and is recommended to maintain even skin tone.
UNEVEN SKIN TONE FACE SKINCARE ROUTINE
Some formulas within a clarifying routine may alter depending on skin type, but the order of steps and our recommended application methods remains the same. To improve skin texture and tone, new skin is brought to surface layers, before supportive and efficacious ingredients are implemented. See optimal skincare formulas for how to achieve a more even skin tone below.
1. GLYCOLIC ACID EXFOLIATING CLEANSER
Rough textured skin on face is due by build-ups of dead skin which can lead to clogged pores. To begin, a daily exfoliating cleanser should be used to clear dead cells and breakout-inducing impurities. Glycolic acid-infused Glycolic renewal Foaming Facial Cleanser target dullness and uneven skin texture and prepares skin for the absorption of brightening ingredients. For those addressing discolouration due to blemishes, Micro Exfoliating Face Scrub is formulated with hydrated silica to cleanse pores. For those with blemish-prone skin, a clay mask like Clarifying Clay Masque can follow to draw out excess oil and impurities.
2. SERUM IMPLEMENTATION
After cleansing and purifying skin, serums can be implemented to deliver active ingredients. To promote youthful looking skin while targeting hyperpigmentation and blemishes, Retexturing Activator Exfoliating Serum imparts kombucha and hyaluronic acid. To target the first signs of environmental discoloration and ageing, Phloretin CG Vitamin C Serum is formulated with three potent antioxidants.
3. OVERNIGHT CLARIFYING CREAM
Overnight routines take advantage of increased skin receptivity. For those not using vitamin C serums, a retinol based cream like Retinol 0.5 Anti-Ageing Night Cream can be used to stimulate cellular renewal and reduce discolouration. For dry skin types that experience rough textured skin on face often, opt for glycolic-based Glycolic 10 Renew Overnight Cream to improve tone alongside texture. Mature skin types and those addressing hyperpigmentation can utilise our Skincare Products for Pigmentation to reduce the appearance of accumulated UV exposure.
4. DAYTIME MOISTURISER
Daily implementation of moisture is imperative to maintaining brighter and even-textured complexions. A non-greasy and non-comedogenic daily moisturiser belongs to morning routines. Daily Moisture Cream protects all skin types from dehydration, and promotes radiance across skin tone.
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