Get Clear Skin and Fast
Where there was once cute freckles, there’s now unsightly dark patches. According to a recent survey, 60 per cent of 25 to 40 year olds are worried about dark spots. “There are three different types of skin damage – sun spots, age spots or liver spots,” explains Howard. “Sun spots look like ‘normal’ spots, but are darker than your skin tone and filled with melanin (the pigment that gives skin its natural colour); age spots are pools of melanin caused by the hormone estrogen; liver spots are due to scratches or old pimple scars. So, what to do? “Prevention is better than cure,” Howard continues. “And when it comes to pigmentation, I recommend the power of a peel that works to brighten your complexion and fade dark spots.” But most of all, she says, “always slather on sunscreen to stop patches in their tracks and prevent new ones forming. Stay protected by using lotions that state broad-spectrum and make it your New Year’s resolution to stick to moisturisers that contain an SPF.”
On your beauty shelf: Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturiser with SPF 20, Dhs325, erases past damage while evening out skin tone and protecting you from the sun. La Prairie’s new White Caviar Illuminating Serum Dhs2,050, is a powerful anti-pigmentation fluid that fades existing spots and brightens your skin. Apply it daily under your moisturiser.
In the salon: Zapping a UV-induced pigment with light can help to erase patches. Try laser, peels, microdermabrasion or pulsed light treatments, which all work to tackle the problem, but can be pricey. Our pick is the Ematrix treatment at Biolite Aesthetic Clinic, Dhs3,600 per session. Call (04) 375 2122, or visit biolitedubai.com.