Have you noticed that brown spots and blemishes produced by UV rays in the summer look more noticeable in the winter? The reason that pigment-related problems, such as brown spots and blemishes, get worse in winter is due to the formation of new brown spots caused by skipping basic preventive procedures such as applying sun cream as weather gets cold, as well as exposure to UV rays in the summer.
Regardless of age or race, many people want bright, radiant skin. Resorting to laser treatment to remove brown spots and blemishes can damage skin, cost a lot, and potentially induce side effects, and that’s not including the inconvenience of having to go to the dermatologist.
Applying several whitening cosmetics is not a good solution either. Excessive skincare can cause skin problems and even break the skin’s oil and moisture balance, resulting sensitive skin.
Let’s look into ways to get a heathy skin brightening effect based on the advice offered by Bori and Mochi on a webtoon.
1. Pay special attention to soothing and moisturizing the skin.
Skin that becomes tanned after an extended exposure to UV rays can be restored to its original condition in one or two weeks with moisturizing and soothing care. In this case, use one pack a day or frequently use cucumber or aloe pack for good results.
Removing dead skin cells from tanned skin can generate blemishes. When exfoliating or when applying pressure or friction on tanned skin causes melanin in the lower layer of the skin to come up to the surface of skin. Because of this, it is important not to exfoliate/remove dead skin cells until the skin has been soothed.
2. Use products containing substances with a brightening effect.
Oil Soluble Licorice (Glycyrrhiza) Extract
- Broussonetia Extract, Arbutin, Oil Soluble Licorice (Glycyrrhiza) Extract, and Alpha Bisabolol control the activation of Tyrosinase which promotes the formation of melanin pigment.
- Melanin is generated through oxidation reactions as an amino acid, Tyrosine, acts on the Tyrosinase enzymes. Substances that prevent the formation of melanin by preventing the oxidation of Tyrosine include Ascorbyl Glucoside, Ethyl Ascorbyl Ether, and Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Vitamin C substances).
- Niacinamide is a substance that controls the movement of generated melanin to the surface of the cornified layer of the skin.
As mentioned earlier, using brightening products and omitting soothing and moisturizing steps can irritate the skin and reduce the brightening effects.
After basic moisture care, apply a brightening product that is suitable for your skin for noticeable brightening effects.