Uneven skin tone is a problem many women have, but might not be aware of. It can stem from various reasons: oily skin, hyperpigmentation and even acne. While some people may see apparent blotchiness, it’s less obvious for others, but still affect the way your makeup sits on your skin. But don’t despair because you can improve your skin tone. Here are some ways.

Watch your diet
Research has shown that foods that are rich in vitamins C and B12 can help to boost the skin’s collagen production to ensure a constant reproduction of new skin cells. Collagen helps to reduce signs of ageing and is important for building your skin’s elasticity and strength, ultimately minimising the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. These foods include fruits and vegetables like oranges, lemons and carrots.

Protect and exfoliate your skin
You’ve heard about the importance of sunblock but did you know, besides preventing sunburn, sunblock can also slow down the signs of ageing? When it comes to pigmentation, the sun’s strong UV rays are mainly to blame. As we age, the melanin in our skin reduces its ability to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Hence, sunblock offers a layer of protection for your skin. Exfoliation can also help slough off the buildup of dead skin cells, which causes uneven, patchy skin tone.

Destress your skin
When put under stress, the body releases hormones that can affect blood and oxygen supply to your skin. This insufficiency leads to skin being undernourished and signs will show in dullness and loss of elasticity, which also causes skin to be more susceptible to pigmentation. Without fresh oxygenated cells on your face, skin becomes thinner and has a weaker defense against harmful UV rays and other environmental factors that could worsen skin condition.

Check your birth control methods
If you’re on birth control, it could be the reason why you’re getting pigmentation. As birth control contains synthetic hormones, the cells that are responsible for creating melanin could be over-stimulated and, in turn, cause more dark spots to form. If you can’t part ways with your birth control method, speak to your doctor about finding one that contains less of such hormones.

Laser treatment
An increasingly common method of treating skin pigmentation is with the use of lasers. These treatments use a coherent beam of light to target melanin that’s abnormally concentrated on a particular part of your face. Laser treatment helps to disperse the concentration of melanin cells to lighten skin tone and reduce the size of enlarged pores on your face.

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Text: Atika Lim / The Singapore Women’s Weekly / November 2016

Additional text: Hidayah Idris
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