Let’s Talk about Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is the uneven pigmentation of the skin where the affected area usually appears darker than the other parts of the skin, making it look uneven. These small areas or spots of discolouration are usually found on the face, hands and other areas that are constantly exposed to the sun.

These skin conditions cause the production of excess melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin) which in turn cause hyperpigmentation. Melanin is a pigment in the body that gives colour to our skin, hair and eyes.

There are different types of hyperpigmentation: age/sun spots which are small darker spots that come from excess sun exposure, darker patches of skin known as melasma which are triggered by hormones and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation aka scarring from acne, peels and other skin treatments.

Treating hyperpigmentation can get frustrating in the long term because many people don't even understand it. At Arami, we get it that’s why we have outlined a few ways to say goodbye to hyperpigmentation.

  1. Avoid excessive sun exposure: Although the sun is a great source of natural vitamin D, prolonged exposure does more harm than good. Scientists advise that depending on your skin tone, 1-3 hours of mild sun exposure is sufficient. Excessive exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays have been shown to cause skin cancer, sunburn, cataracts and so on. As a rule of thumb, always apply sunscreen before you go outdoors as protection even when you think you don’t need it and re-apply every 2 hours for maximum protection. Foods such as cod liver are also capable of providing adequate vitamin D in cases of deficiency.

  2. Use shea: Vitamin E also known as the “skin protector” is present in shea butter making it ideal for treating hyperpigmentation. Shea butter also contains vitamin A which promotes healthy skin and gives shea butter its healing properties. We know it's hard to find unadulterated shea butter so Ivory Butter is our gift to you. We start with pure shea butter and mix in skin friendly oils for their appealing scent and further benefits to skin. Glow Oil is raw shea oil, derived from the shea nut, that gives your skin the TLC it deserves.

  3. Get your facials done frequently: Frequent spa facials are essential in fighting off hyperpigmentation however, this can get costly. Instead, stay home and let our fantastic five: Purity Mask, Eden's Elixir, Onyx Polish, Glow Scrub and Glow Oil do most of the work. Eden’s Elixir, our rose water toner, works to reduce inflammatory skin conditions while evenly toning the skin. For best results, use every night before bed. Purity Mask also reduces the occurrence of inflammation on the skin while Onyx Polish controls acne and brightens the skin, evening out the skin tone. It could be used daily as a face and body cleanser. Glow Scrub used 2-3 times a week removes dead skin cells and hastens your skin's healing process. Glow Oil is then applied to face and body as the icing on the cake.

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