What’s that brown spot on my face? Is that age spot or freckles?

Posted: November 28, 2010 By: Comment: 0

When it’s cute, its freckles, when it’s not, its age spot! How do you like that answer? This is the question I have been asked a lot when presenting our Maintenance Repair Prevention system at my Spa party, at Personal Consultation and people I ran into.

“What causes skin discolorations and what can I do to get rid of it?”
As we age, skin damage will begin to manifest itself in various forms, including darkened skin pigmentation called hyperpigmentation. Hyper-pigmentation can affect all ages, all races and both genders. Hyper-pigmentation can be generally described as any skin discoloration that is caused by the over production of melanin in the skin. It can manifest itself in the form of freckles, age spots, sun spots, liver spots, melasma (pregnancy mask), etc. It can be the result of sun exposure, hormones or age and can be more prominent in various ethnicities.

Regardless of the cause, however, there is one thing that each of these conditions has in common: the darkened skin patches can become darker or more pronounced when skin is exposed to the sun. Wearing a sunscreen is a must. The sunscreen must be “broad spectrum” (i.e. it blocks both UVA and UVB). A single day of excess sun can undo months of treatment.

So “How to get rid of that brown spot on my face, neck and hands?”
The key to youthful skin is to maintain a rapid rate of cellular renewal.  Young, healthy skin cells have a turnover rate of 28 days on average.  As we age, the process of natural exfoliation begins to decline This leads to a thicker epidermis and a build up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, leaving skin with dull, lackluster appearance and hyperpigmentation.

Exfoliation is key to preventing this.  There are two types of exfoliation… chemical and mechanical.  Chemical exfoliation uses chemicals (like acids and enzymes) to eat away at the glue that hold the dead skin cells together.  By doing this, it allows for the dead skin cells to be removed.  Mechanical exfoliation uses abrasive materials (synthetic or natural – like polyethylene beads, sugar, salt, aluminum oxide crystals, etc.) to physically remove the top layers of dead skin cells. 

Both methods not only exfoliate the skin, they also increase skin’s cell turnover rate (which is a characteristic of younger skin).  By sloughing off the top layers, skin cells at the base of the epidermis begin to produce new, healthy cells.  These new cells reach the surface faster, so skin looks brighter and more radiant and the appearance of skin discolorations (i.e. sun spots, hyperpigmentation) is reduced.

What Products should I Choose to Help Hyperpigmentation Concerns?

When choosing products to help address the concerns of hyperpigmentation, it is important to realize that a multi-layer skin care approach will be key in achieving the maximum results. You will  need to include products that do the following:
o Exfoliate the skin’s surface to expedite the removal of the discoloration – Use the combination of a Acid peel that contains mixtures of polyhydroxy acids & beta-hydroxy acids to chemical remove the dead skin and Microderm abrasion facial buffing cream and buffer to physically slough off the dead skin..
o Effectively “fades” the appearance of hyperpigmentation – Use cream that contains vitamin C and antioxidants & lightening complex. May want to look for one that does not contain hydroquinone, which has an unpleasant scent.

o Increase new cell development to speed the rate that the skin renews itself –Use Retinol containing serum at night that work deep into the cellular level to erasing the damage from the day and speed up the new cell turn over rate.

o Provide multi-layer protection to not only block the harmful results of UV exposure, but also protect the newly forming cells from Free Radical induced oxidation damage as well Use a Broad  spectrum” of sun block that offer both UVA and UVB protection., also including antioxidant protection. It will that will help you prevent and delay the process of aging and prevent skin cancer and other skin abnormalities in the process.

I am proud to say that we at BeautiControl offer all the above treatment with advanced technology and proven results. Here are the treatments that address the above issues with brief description of them. You can also click on my website to check it out!

1.   BC Resurfacing set- Multi-acid peel and Microderm abrasion set:This amazing multi-action resurfacing treatment leaves your skin looking and feeling years younger.http://www.beautinet.com/pdfforms/BCSpa_Resurface_cons.pdf

 2. Retinol recovering serum and eye capsules:This powerful duo goes to work while you asleep to erasing the damage from the day. You will experience improvement in skin brightness, clarity, firmness and elasticity. http://www.beautinet.com/pdfforms/RegenOvernight_client.pdf

3.  Cell block-C intensive brightening elixir and Intensive multivitamin face serum: These two awesome treatments with special blend of Vitamin C and Vitamin E drastically improve clarity and brightness of the skin, also reduced hyperpigmentation. http://www.beautinet.com/pdfforms/CBC_BrightCons.pdf

4. Cell Block-C SPF 20: This contains a gentle, all physical sunscreen-micronized Titanium dioxide to protect against UVA and UVB radiation and a super-charged antioxidant blend to scavenge free radicalshttp://www.beautinet.com/pdfforms/CellBlockC_Cons1207.pdf
http://www.beautinet.com/pdfforms/CBC_SerumCons.pdf

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