Skin Pigmentation – Causes, Insights & How To Combat It!
As a fashion blogger, showcasing personal street style, most often I have to shoot outdoors, under the harsh rays of the sun. Especially in a city like Mumbai with soaring temperatures and high levels of pollution, shooting outdoors makes Skin Pigmentation a major concern for me.
If you recall my post a few months ago, about me having the privilege of being apart of the Pond’s Insiders, so as a Pond’s Insider, I have access to The Pond’s Institute and their global network of over 700 skincare scientists. So I’m fortunate to have the best skincare experts at my disposal to help answer any of my pressing skincare queries and concerns.
So for today’s post, I wanted to get an in depth understanding of Skin Pigmentation – it’s causes, along with tips on how to combat the urban aggressors that can cause and even accelerate skin pigmentation.
So I consulted the experts at the The Pond’s Institute and I was super impressed with the amount of useful information, studies and facts I uncovered. So let’s have a look at interesting facts about Skin Pigmentation and how we can combat it.
Factors That Affect Your Level Of Skin Pigmentation
About 50% of one’s skin condition is genetic. While there’s not much you can do to control what’s been given to you by your parents, you can overcome external environmental and lifestyle factors that are causing your skin to face pigmentation issues.
Below is an overview of elements, identified and extensively researched by The Pond’s Institute, that lead to skin pigmentation. The Pond’s Institute has also explored ways in which you can help prevent skin pigmentation issues.
Our lifestyle has a major impact on our skin and a poor lifestyle can really aggravate the problem of skin pigmentation.With regard to lifestyle,the two
main contributing factors are:
Habits like smoking can affect skin further. Loss of hormone equilibrium may activate the cytokine and melanin over production, leading to skin darkening. Smokers tend to have a darker skin tone with an increased incidence of acne among chronic smokers.
So how can you combat this? Find a healthy outlet like exercise, sport. Maintain better time management on a day-to-day basis.
Personally I manage my stress by maintaining a personal diary to schedule all my work for the week, so that I can schedule it effectively and manage my time wisely. Exercising, kick-boxing and cardio really are my best stress busters. Spending time with my cats, in between working on my laptop also help relieve stress.
2.Sleep – Are you getting enough shut eye? A lack of sleep can have effects that go beyond dark circles. Lack of sleep results in the over secretion of a stress hormone known as cortisol. This results in dark circles and a lackluster complexion.
A great solution is to try to live a more active lifestyle to help relieve stress and fall asleep faster. I make sure I lead an active lifestyle, so though I spend a lot of time sitting,working on my laptop, I make sure I exercise at least 5 times a week and enjoy my weekends out with my friends for some downtime.
There are 2 main sources of UV Radiation –
Interesting Facts to note :
• 7 minutes exposure to mid-noon sun will induce immediate tanning
I too spend a considerable amount of time outdoors,shooting for my blog and so I am quite often exposed to the harsh rays of the sun. So I make sure that I use a sunscreen or moisturizer with SPF protection in my daily routine for protection from the UV rays. I make sure I shoot around 7am and wrap up by 10am and consequently avoid direct sun exposure during and around noon as it causes the most amount of damage.
Did you know that 4 days in front of your laptop = 20 minutes in the noon sun and that chronic repetitive exposure to sources of heat (i.e. stove, heated car seat, laptop) may cause skin darkening
1.Outdoor Pollutants – Environmental pollution is known to cause inflammation, pigmentation, and even hyper-pigmentation
It has been noted that 50% of skin damage takes place due to environmental factors. Environmental pollutants activate melanocytes to product excessive melanin, causing dark spots and uneven skin tone. Pigment spots can increase by 20% depending on the amount of soot and particles from traffic.
To cope with all these environmental stresses you need to adopt a holistic solution with multiple approaches that include Deep Cleansing,Effective Protection,Damage Correction and Natural Defense Strengthening.
So my daily routine includes religiously using a good cleanser, moisturizer (with SPF protection) and a spot corrector for dark spots.
of the recommended solutions to combat the issue.