I was about to start this blog with something along the lines of ‘It’s beach season, what better way to prepare than getting rid of dark spots on the body’. For one, beach season is for the birds…It’s so overrated, why do you have to change yourself for one season and secondly…The texture of bathing suits is horrendous. I could go the rest of my life without being in a swimsuit! So let me restart this blog because Cheeky ain’t that superficial to write a blog that starts with ‘Beach season’ anything… BUT, with spring and summer in our future & less clothes on our bods, we may feel a little more self conscious or insecure about the spots on our bodies. And remember, you could look like a dalmatian and still be beautiful. However, if it’s something you’d like to address, then why not!
Let’s start over again! I’ve been shopping like a psychopath on Free People’s website (I literally have a variation of every single shirt… It’s nauseating.. I’m just working on this new bohemian look and it’s taking quite a bit of credit card swipes!). So as I receive packages weekly (no judgement, I’m also tempted to write that in a note to the USPS guy too), I find myself trying on these shorts (YES, I NEVER EVER wear shorts but I bought 3, bless my heart), tank tops, yada yada and I’m seeing some effects of my maturing skin. For one, I’m totally flabbergasted that I have new freckles on my arm, despite the fact that I haven’t probably had my arms in the sun on purpose in 3 years, yet here these damn spots are. And even weirder, my legs are almost see through they’re so pail and it takes me like 40 applications of tanning spray to look somewhat tan. And ZERO freckles. So despite the fact that my body is moody & not consistent (sounds about like my brain), I realized it’s probably time I think about this post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation before ‘it’s too late’ – which is not really a thing but you get what I mean.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation aka the darkening of certain spots on the skin, usually in areas where mosquito bites, scabs, or lovely body zits used to be. According to various sources, this is one of the most common complaints, especially amongst ‘young’ folks. And not only that, but with years of sun damage on many of our darling figures, we’re seeing freckles & general skin darkening. While these spots can certainly fade over time, I still have dumb scars from the thousands of mosquito bites I’ve ‘earned’ over the years. (I’m a MAGNET for mosquitoes). While some of these spots can be hard to treat with over the counter goodies, you can always speed up the brightening process (most of the time). The skin on our lower body and torso is often the thickest skin we encounter, much thicker than the skin on our face, which makes it harder for topicals to penetrate deep into the layers of our skin. Though prescription strength options are gonna be our best bets from our derms, there are some at-home solutions for us to consider that are effective options!
#CheekyConfidential For those folks who are interested in a more aggressive treatment, Fraxel is often most recommended! I personally like IPL too!
The top ingredients to consider when taking the plunge are:
- Kojic acid (this shit is the jam!!!)
- Tranexamic acid
- Glycolic acid
- Azelaic acid (another favorite of mine)
- Vitamin C (and another favorite)
- Hydroquinone (my ultimate jam!! not for everyone, especially those with dark skin)
When using these ingredients, sunscreen is SUPER important. So don’t forget to apply sunscreen each and every day. AND, re-apply often when outdoors.
While these ingredients can be effective by themselves, they work better together. Much like us Cheeky’s, right!? Plus, these ingredients can be irritating to the skin if they are in too high concentrations, so a variation is key.
#CheekyConfidential To save product, we recommend spot treating! You don’t need to rub it on your entire body.
It uses tranexamic acid, kojic acid, and niacinamide (a less potent skin brightener, but helpful nonetheless). We recommend that you start using this every other night and a very small pea size amount of it. Then work into it over the next few weeks to daily use. If your skin really has a hard time, consider using moisturizer first and then apply your acids. (This is what I do with my retinoids)
‘In a 12-week clinical study, Discoloration Defense significantly improved the appearance of key skin discoloration markers:
- 60% average improvement in the appearance of stubborn brown patches
- 59% average improvement in the appearance of skin discoloration
- 81% average improvement in the appearance of post-acne marks
- 59% average improvement in the appearance of even skin tone’
‘A 20 percent vitamin C and 10 percent AHA serum with pure ingredients and gentle strength that helps soften, smooth, and brighten for more radiant, even-toned skin.’
‘This antioxidant-rich serum combines time released vitamin C with a blend of botanicals to treat acne, rosacea, contact dermatitis and even insect bites. Olive leaf extract works with the vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) to provide maximum antioxidant protection and health-promoting benefits. Zinc sulfate reduces inflammation, kojic acid prevents blemishes and vitamins E and A condition, nourish and neutralize free radicals. Pro-Heal Serum Advance+ offers iS Clinical’s highest levels of antioxidant protection, making it ideal for sensitive, compromised and sickly skin types.’
‘Get powerful anti-aging results with STAY-C 50, a uniquely stable and bio-available form of Vitamin C that stimulates collagen, reduces wrinkles, brightens skin, fades age spots, and evens skin tone.’
Kojie San Body Lightening Lotion
‘This body lotion contains a blend of natural ingredients includes Kojic Acid, Rose Hip Oil, Collagen and Vitamin E for youthful, healthy looking skin.
- 100% of clinical study participants showed an improvement in the appearance of fine lines and radiance*
- 90% of clinical study participants showed an improvement in the appearance of overall photo-damage and tactile smoothness*
- 93% of clinical study participants felt skin tone appeared more even, radiant and brighter*
- 86% of clinical study participants showed an improvement in the appearance of firmness and wrinkles*
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