Beauty Q

Dark spots on face

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Ac­cord­ing to Phoebe Khoo, Sothys train­ing man­ager, melanin pro­tects our skin from dam­ag­ing UV rays. Some­times, due to over ex­po­sure to the sun, hor­mone im­bal­ance, hor­monal changes, stress and age­ing, you get dark spots and pig­men­ta­tion. This is re­lated to the hy­per­ac­tiv­ity of melanocytes.

The most ef­fec­tive way to light­en­ing or pre­vent­ing the for­ma­tion of dark spots is to limit the melano­gen­e­sis process by in­hibit­ing ty­rosi­nase, reg­u­lat­ing ker­a­tin­i­sa­tion, stim­u­lat­ing the cell re­newal and re­duc­ing the pro­duc­tiv­ity of in­flam­ma­tory me­di­a­tors.

Mean­while, to get a brighter and more uni­formed com­plex­ion, you should not just fo­cus on the hy­per-pig­men­ta­tion but the en­tire skin com­plex­ion by im­prov­ing the col­la­gen syn­the­sis and re­duc­ing lo­calised red­ness.

Sothys(W)+ Bright­en­ing Pro­gramme is a high-per­for­mance dual ac­tion skin bright­en­ing so­lu­tion that tar­gets pig­mented zones and vis­i­ble spots, leav­ing skin bright, ra­di­ant and uni­formed.

The dark rings around the eye area are caused by a slow­ing down of blood mi­cro­cir­cu­la­tion un­der the eye which makes the mi­cro-ves­sels swell with blood. Rings can be a re­cur­ring thing as a re­sult of vas­cu­lar con­ges­tion that can be as­so­ci­ated to tired­ness, stress, al­co­hol or lack of sleep, ge­netic pre­dis­po­si­tion or a sign of age­ing.

Try Sothys Ac­tive-Con­tour Age-De­fy­ing Cream for day and night. Do not for­get to re­move your eye make-up or foun­da­tion. Im­proper cleans­ing steps will cause eye dis­col­oration due to the colour pig­ment from the eye shadow stains on the skin.

The nor­mal rou­tine for a com­plete fin­ish is toner, serum, mois­turiser, sun pro­tec­tion SPF30, liq­uid foun­da­tion and con­cealer be­fore cov­er­ing up with a thin layer of pow­der, in that or­der. If you are look­ing for bet­ter cov­er­age you should use ad­e­quate foun­da­tion as a base and then ap­ply the con­cealer, blend­ing in evenly be­fore ap­ply­ing an­other thin layer of liq­uid foun­da­tion. Too much of foun­da­tion in a sin­gle ap­pli­ca­tion will cause the skin to look un­nat­u­ral and can eas­ily cause “de­hy­drated” lines on the eye con­tour.

Whiten­ing and anti-age­ing prod­ucts each have their own func­tion, de­liv­er­ing dif­fer­ent sets of re­sults. It is al­ways best to get a proper skin di­ag­no­sis to iden­tify your skin con­di­tion so that proper skin treat­ment can be pre­scribed. If your con­cern is both whiten­ing and anti-age­ing, you can have a com­bi­na­tion of both ranges in your skin­care reg­i­men.

From Sothys, you could use the (W)+ Bright­en­ing Prod­ucts and the Sothys Age­less Pro­gramme. Ul­ti­mately, it is al­ways best to seek pro­fes­sional ad­vise so that your beauty reg­i­men can be cus­tomised in or­der to achieve the best re­sults.

Sothys will be giv­ing Wendy a Foam­ing Cleans­ing Cream worth RM214. I have a com­bi­na­tion skin. I also have brown spots or pig­men­ta­tion on both cheeks, fine lines in the fore­head and open pores. My skin tone is a lit­tle un­even. I am cur­rently us­ing an anti-wrin­kle prod­uct and my face seems to be hy­drated in the day, but by evening, it ap­pears oily and the brown spots darker. I’m won­der­ing if my un­even skin tone and pig­men­ta­tion will get worse. When I use bright­en­ing prod­ucts, the fine lines seem to grow deeper and the pores seem to be clogged up. How do I solve my prob­lem? – Diana David Khoo, Olay skin­care sci­en­tist, says that our skin needs change as we age. Re­search has shown that these changes start to man­i­fest in our 20s as signs of age­ing, which com­monly in­clude skin dry­ness, dark spots, skin dull­ness, rough tex­ture, un­even skin tone, and fine lines and wrin­kles.

Many women in their 20s and 30s do not face just one, but mul­ti­ple signs of age­ing which they seek to ad­dress. Women of­ten use in­di­vid­ual prod­ucts to treat spe­cific con­cerns, but with mul­ti­ple signs of age­ing, they may feel that their quest for beau­ti­ful and youth­ful skin is an end­less bat­tle, es­pe­cially when they want to spend less money and time on skin­care.

In a re­cent sur­vey on Asian women, al­most half of them (47%) said that they would want to spend less money and time on skin­care, as long as they could main­tain the same or bet­ter skin re­sults. So, what is needed is an an­ti­age­ing mois­turiser that can ad­dress all the mul­ti­ple signs of ag­ing that you face.

To help start you on your jour­ney, try the Olay To­tal Ef­fects nour­ish­ing cream cleanser – this daily cream cleanser nour­ishes skin with mois­ture from its rich anti-ag­ing for­mula while re­mov­ing dirt and im­pu­ri­ties. Af­ter cleans­ing fol­low up with the Olay To­tal Ef­fects Mois­tur­izer with SPF 15. This daily mois­turiser pro­vides seven anti-age­ing ben­e­fits in one for­mula for vis­i­bly younger-look­ing skin, and con­tains SPF 15 which is gen­tle enough for ev­ery day use.

Olay will be giv­ing Diana Olay To­tal Ef­fects Cleanser and Mois­tur­izer al­to­gether worth RM126.80.

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