Sun damage and melasma are often two very different things, though I tend to categorize them similarly. For instance, I had a laser performed which GREATLY helped my melasma, but it wasn’t a cure-all for my sun damage that I have on the left side of my lower cheek. Though the laser certainly improved it, it may just take some extra time to see results.
Melasma, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, ‘Is a common skin problem. It causes brown to gray-brown patches, usually on the face. Most people get it on their cheeks, bridge of their nose, forehead, chin, and above their upper lip. It also can appear on other parts of the body that get lots of sun, such as the forearms and neck.’ Whereas sun damage can come in a variety of forms, including:
- Uneven pigmentation
- Damage to skin’s texture
- Damage to blood vessels
- Excessive wrinkling or premature wrinkling
- Skin cancer
- Age spots, liver spots
- … Etc.
The sun can & really does make melasma worse and and can often initiate it in the first place, it’s not a ‘damaging attribute’ necessarily that is occurring.
When treating melasma, there are several ingredients that are proven effective, along with many in-office procedures, including:
- Vitamin C
- Kojic acid
- Laser treatment
- Cosmelan – best for dark skin
- Groots Formula #3
- Glycolic acid
- Chemical peels
When treating sun damage, it can be a little bit different when trying to treat, including:
- Fractional lasers (which I’m inquiring about with my doc on March 1st when I go)
- Retin-A, retinols, retinoids, etc.
- Intense, deep lasers
- More frequent lasers – like the one I’ve done 3 of
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Ferulic acid – protects your skin from sun damage
- Peppermint oil – rejuvenates sun damaged skin
- Vitamin B3 – known to decrease the changes of skin cancer
- Hyaluronic acid – reverse the signs of sun damage
Remember – sunscreen is the best defense!
So now that you’ve got a better understanding which is which, I will say that in-office treatments are the end all be all when it comes to melasma and sun damage. I strongly stand behind that, however, I am also a big believer in maintenance and nourishing your skin to prevent future damage. So with that in mind, when we stumbled across HoneyLux Premium Vitamin C + Retinol Serum, I thought it could be great for us Cheeky’s to consider.
‘HoneyLux Premium Vitamin C + Retinol Serum is made with top quality organic ingredients. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health! Collagen works together with elastin to provide a framework for the skin that gives it strength, form, and firmness. The elastin gives skin its suppleness. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body, constituting around a third of all proteins, and approximately 75% of the protein that is found in the skin. Retinol acid works to increase cell turnover, stimulate collagen and elastin production, fade hyperpigmentation, and help skin stay hydrated and glowing without irritation. Vitamin C actually helps retinol work better by stabilizing it, making it more effective longer. It turns out that using retinol alone, without vitamin C or another potent antioxidant, could keep your skin from reaping all the benefits of the retinol.’ – HoneyLux
Proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while also boosting collagen, fading age spots & tightening the skin. So while this isn’t the most popular brand on the planet, they seemingly got it going on! And one of the best parts – with every product you purchase, Honeylux will make a donation in your name to Operation Smile.
Here’s a before & after I stumbled across!
image supplied on Amazon
What do you think? Even if you don’t experience signs of sun damage, all the ingredients are really amazing its anti-aging properties! Could totally be worth it!