Living in Australia one of the biggest skin concerns is sun damage, which often appears in the form of sun spots and pigmentation; but these conditions as well as melasma can be caused by other factors such as hormones, be hereditary, side-effects of certain medications, or inflammation such as acne and scarring.
A tan, freckles, age spots and dark under-eye circles are also examples of skin hyperpigmentation. Whereas melasma, particularly common during pregnancy, is characterised by dark, irregular skin patches on the upper cheek, nose, lips, upper lip and forehead.
Prevention is always better than cure, so be sure to wear a high-factor natural sunscreen when out and about, to prevent the formation of melanin. Regular exfoliation is also important to kick-start skin renewal and reveal a brighter, more-even skin tone.
A key ingredient to look for in your skin care is Mother Nature's Vitamin C found in many plant and fruit oils and extracts; not only has vitamin C been proven to diminish hyperpigmented marks, but it will boost collagen production and help shield skin from free radicals, as well as visibly brighten skin tone.
Below are some of our favourite, clinically proven and super-star potency, vitamin-C rich products, ideal for those wanting to improve visible pigmentation.
Rumex occidentalis extract, Bearberry extract, Licorice Root extract and Cassia alata leaf extract are other key ingredients have scientifically proven effects on skin clarity and texture. La Mav’s Skin Brightening range has been formulated with these key ingredients for skin pigmentation and dullness. La Mav founder Tarj Mavi, spent years researching these ingredients and coming up with her star formulation, after experiencing hyperpigmentation herself, during pregnancy.
Native Kakadu Plum is also one of the richest sources of vitamin C available, MUKTI Organic Skincare use this in many of their Age Defiance range. They also have an eye cream ideal for improving the appearance of dark circles, with key potent brightening and detoxing native ingredients: Quandong, Davidson Plum and Emu Apple.
Vanessa Megan's Vitamin C range consists of a brightening prebiotic exfoliant with vitamin C rich grapefruit peel powder and a Two Phase night treatments containing pure Vitamin C powder and activation serum, which helps to prevent the melanin production that causes pigmentation and improve and brighten existing pigmentation, thanks to its potent strength and the added benefit of kakadu plum, bearberry and kiwi fruit oil.
Divine Woman Collagen Enhancing Night Cream contains superstar ingredient Ascorbyl Glucoside, which gradually converts to Vitamin C once it is absorbed into the skin, resulting in strong stability and activity over a long period of time. It aids collagen synthesis and helps to lighten pigmentation by inhibiting tyrosinase activity.
Kypris Beauty Elixir III - Prismatic Array is ideal for super sensitive skins looking to improve the appearance of dark spots or pigmentation. Rich in CoQ10 – collagen-inspiring Vitamin C ester – and a rainbow of phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, and natural actives without the inclusion of essential oils as so not to irritate delicate complexions.
So there you have some of our top pick vitamin C containing products, discover more in our Skin Brightening Collection, for different budgets and skin types, and enjoy the benefits of a brighter, clearer and more even skin tone, naturally!