Melanin is naturally produced by the skin as protection against harmful UV radiation, yet for many Asian women, excessive levels of this pigment can cause dark spots.
Melanin and hyperpigmentation
Age and overexposure to the sun are partly to blame for the dark spots, but an excess of oxidative stress and pollution has been found to accelerate skin pigmentation by 20%. These problems are due to melanins in proliferation on the skin surface, while an oxidized, inflamed epidermis means that too many new melanins are produced.
Protect your skin from UV rays
Adequate sun protection is key in fading dark spots. It’s essential to choose a sunscreen with a high SPF and blocking ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
Sleeping mask focus: specially developed for Asian women’s skin
Vichy has developed a night skincare cream / sleeping mask formulated to treat melanin overproduction while you sleep. Rich in antioxidant Vitamin E and hydrating, softening glycerin, its active properties against hyperpigmentation include:
- Phe-resorcinol: 10 times stronger than kojic acid and far safer, it inhibits the production of melanin
- Niacinamide: a Vitamin B3 derivative, it reduces the transfer of melanin to keratinocytes, limiting the appearance of new dark spots
- LHA Aquakeep accelerates the peeling of the skin to expel the excess dead cells
Tests on the Vichy Ideal White skincare regime were conducted with 75 women in Beijing, 2015. After 4 weeks of use, dark spots decreased and skin tone gained clarity. For all testers, the skin tone was at least one degree lighter.