An uneven skin tone is something that none of us is strangers to. It could be in the form of sun damage, or any other pigmentation. But what causes this pigmentation exactly? Let us take a look!
What is an Uneven Skin Tone?
First things first: what is an uneven skin tone? Well, the term refers to any pigmentation or darkening or patchiness of the skin. The cause of this pigmentation? Melanin. Melanin is a pigment that occurs naturally in our body. It is melanin that gives our skin, hair, and eyes their colour.
When melanin production increases, it results in hyperpigmentation.
What Causes Uneven Skin?
We have talked about how melanin overproduction is what causes hyperpigmentation and an uneven skin tone. But why does this overproduction of pigment take place anyway? There are a few reasons why:
Sun exposure: Sun exposure is one of the most common causes of an uneven skin tone. When our skin is exposed to UV light, the production of the pigment melanin, responsible for giving colour to our eyes, skin, and hair, increases to protect skin cells from further damage. This results in a tan or brown spots.
Pollution: Dust and other particles produced from the likes of air pollution can result in pigmentation as well.
- Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: PIH is a result of scarring. This could be a result of burns, acne, or a skin condition.
Hormonal: Certain hormonal changes in the body, especially due to pregnancy, can result in an uneven skin tone.
- Medication: Certain medication can also trigger hyperpigmentation and make the skin tone uneven.
Natural Remedies for An Even Skin Tone
Certain ingredients are known to be helpful when it comes to achieving an even skin tone:
Avocado and Banana: Banana is rich in vitamin A and Avocado is rich in essential fatty acids. Mash banana and avocado together and add a carrier oil such as Jojoba oil to make the mixture more fluid. Spread the mask evenly and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Banana and Tumeric: Mash 1 ripe banana with a quarter teaspoon of turmeric, an antioxidant-rich ingredient that gives a radiant glow to the face. Leave the mask on for 5 to 8 minutes. Use this one 1 to 2 times a week.
- Sandalwood and Rosewater: Sandalwood works wonders for the skin. It helps brighten the skin and promotes even skin tone. Rosewater helps refresh the skin, add hydration and promote radiant skin. Mix sandalwood powder with some rose water to form a paste. Apply the mask evenly and let it sit for 15 minutes. Use this one 1 to 2 times a week.
What to Avoid
While there is a lot that can be done to achieve an even skin tone, there is a lot that must be avoided as well:
Overexfoliating: Exfoliation is critical to skin health but one must not go overboard. Do not exfoliate more than 2 times a week. If your skin looks red or is burning, it means it is getting irritated.
Avoid junk food: A healthy diet is essential for the skin to function normally. A bad diet can make the skin look dull and unhealthy. Certain foods might also cause allergies and reactions.
- Overcomplicating skincare: Using too many products can irritate the skin, resulting in an uneven skin tone and inflammation. Keep your routine simple and stick to it.
How to Prevent Uneven Skin
By incorporating healthy lifestyle changes and practices into your life, you can keep your skin healthy and happy. Here are a few tips on how to prevent an uneven skin tone:
Stay hydrated: This cannot be said enough! What goes on on the inside is often reflected in the skin. Hydration is a must if your skin cells are to function properly. Healthy skin and a strong skin barrier will always be better at shielding the skin from environmental stressors.
Eating healthy: Incorporating antioxidant-rich foods such as oranges, berries, and guava can help keep the skin healthy and protect against free radical damage. Niacin-rich foods such as poultry, mushroom, and tuna also work wonders for the skin.
Regular sleep cycle: When we sleep, our skin regenerates and heals itself. By not sleeping enough or sleeping late, you can hamper this healing process.
- Sunscreen: Sun damage is largely responsible for hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. The best way to tackle this? Sunscreen. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen and re-apply every 2-3 hours, even if you are indoors. UV light can penetrate through windows as well.
Certain skincare products and ingredients can make a big difference in helping with an even skin tone:
Cleanser: Juicy Chemistry’s Tamanu, Kakadu Plum & Frankincense Face Wash is enriched with ingredients that help keep your skin even and radiant. This face wash is gentle yet effective, washing away impurities while leaving the skin moisturised.
Scrub: Exfoliation helps get rid of dead cells, revealing brighter and healthier skin. With the right ingredients, a scrub can also help tackle uneven skin tone and pigmentation woes. Juicy Chemistry’s Saffron, Rose & Australian Sandalwood does exactly that.
Toner: Toners add a burst of freshness to the skin and can be used to deliver hydration and nourishment to the skin. Juicy Chemistry’s Green Apple Toner is a great choice for a pH-balancing mist that is rich in vitamin C. This toner helps to tackle unwanted pigmentation and promotes radiant and even skin.
Facial Oils: Juicy Chemistry’s Kakadu Plum & Pomegranate Seed Facial Oil is a great choice for incorporating an antioxidant-rich oil in your skincare routine. Kakadu Plum is one of the richest sources of vitamin C in the world and vitamin C is a good source of antioxidants and works wonders for the skin. It helps add a glow to the face and promotes an even skin tone. Juicy Chemistry’s Rosehip oil is also rich in antioxidants. It also soothes inflammations and balances the oil production in the skin, making it suitable for oily skin as well.
- Mask: If you are in the mood to pamper yourself, Juicy Chemistry’s Kakadu Plum & Blood Orange mask is a great choice. Rich in antioxidants, this mask refreshes and rejuvenates the skin, helping with pigmentation and promoting radiant skin.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Aloe Vera help?
Aloe vera is a great ingredient that is easily available. It is hydrating, soothing, and helps with pigmentation.
Does washing my face affect my hyperpigmentation?
Cleansing helps keep the skin looking fresh and clean. Depending on the ingredients certain face washes can help with an uneven skin tone specifically.
What all foods should I eat for an even skin tone?
Opt for foods rich in vitamin C and Niacin.