CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The 2019 Christmas Gift Guide
- City Skin Detox
- Fool Proof Steps for Party Survival
- Diet is a Dirty Word
- Hair Trends from Catwalk Zimmerman
- Fertility Options for Cancer Survivors
Shining Skin the light on Dark Spots Although prevention is better than cure, and sunscreen and a hat are our ‘must-haves’ in summer, when the damage is already done cosmelan ® from mesoestetic ® is our first choice for treating hyperpigmentation and dark spots. Most people are bothered by hyperpigmentation at some point in their life. In its various forms, hyperpigmentation affects over 80 per cent of women over the age of 25 and is rated the number two skin concern after facial wrinkles. As we age and expose ourselves to the sun, brown spots and marks tend to appear more frequently and have in the past proven difficult to treat. There are four major types of hyperpigmentation: Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) This is caused by trauma to the skin like a cut from shaving, acne or some aggressive aesthetic treatments. In response, the skin initiates a healing response or inflammation, and there is a healing rush of immune cells, blood and nutrients to the site of attack. PIH usually heals of its own accord, although in some cases it can last for a long time, and may need treatment to encourage its resolution. Age Spots (or liver spots) These are the annoying spots we accumulate with age from exposure to the sun or pollution. Unlike PIH, age spots occur with no incidence of trauma; instead their creation stems from years of just living in our harsh environment. Stressors such as UV light and air pollution accelerate the ageing of the skin cells, causing the production of melanin. Many say this form of hyperpigmentation is a tell-tale sign of age, but now you can treat it effectively. Freckles Our freckles are caused by an excess of melanin on the skin. They can be the result of genetics or from excess sun exposure. Many of us love our ‘beauty spots’ but others find them uncomfortable to live with.