Is treating hyperpigmentation the cure to ageless skin?

As we continue with the ongoing pursuit of timeless beauty, we’re diving into yet another topic that will help us uncover the key to ageless skin; hyperpigmentation. We have found that this skin care concern is one of the most common issues people are looking to target and is our most frequently asked about. Rightfully so, because one of the main contributing factors to an “aged” complexion is actually the appearance of dark spots and an uneven tone. Picture a youthful complexion… it’s often crystal clear, sans any highly pigmented marks, bright and glowing. So while hyperpigmentation is an inevitable part of aging, there is no need to fear. We’re here to give you all the information, tools, tips and secrets you need to combat hyperpigmentation and reclaim a youthful glow.   


Hyperpigmentation, which is truly considered one of the first initial signs of aging on the skin, occurs due to various factors, including sun exposure, hormonal changes, inflammation and the natural aging process. Here's a breakdown of why hyperpigmentation is commonly observed as a sign of aging:  

Sun Exposure: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun stimulates the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color. Over time, cumulative sun exposure can lead to the formation of sunspots, freckles, and uneven pigmentation, especially on areas of the skin that receive the most sun exposure, such as the face, hands, and décolletage. This type of hyperpigmentation is often referred to as solar lentigines or age spots.
Hormonal Changes: Hormonal fluctuations, particularly those associated with aging or pregnancy, can trigger an increase in melanin production. Conditions like melasma, characterized by dark patches on the skin, often become more pronounced with age. This type of hyperpigmentation is exacerbated by factors such as sun exposure and hormonal therapies.
Inflammation and Skin Trauma Inflammatory skin conditions like acne, eczema, or psoriasis, as well as skin injuries such as cuts, burns, or surgeries, can prompt the skin to produce excess melanin as part of the healing process. This can result in post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, where dark spots or patches linger after the initial skin trauma has healed. With age, the skin's ability to repair and regenerate itself becomes less efficient, leading to a greater likelihood of developing persistent hyperpigmentation.
Natural Aging Process: As we age, various physiological changes occur within the skin. The turnover of skin cells slows down, leading to a buildup of pigmented cells on the skin's surface. Additionally, factors like reduced collagen and elastin production, decreased skin hydration and diminished antioxidant defenses contribute to the development of age-related hyperpigmentation. 

Addressing hyperpigmentation involves a multifaceted approach, including sun protection, topical treatments such as vitamin Cs and antioxidants, acids and products to resurface the skin. You can of course take things to the next step by opting for in-office treatments such as chemical peels and laser therapy. However, it’s important to know that prevention is key, emphasizing the importance of sun protection and being delicate and gentle with the skin.


To combat some of the damage done throughout the years by the sun, environmental factors and even blue light, you’ll want to opt for brightening and resurfacing products that target dark spots and help even out the skin tone. One of the most effective and common ways to treat hyperpigmentation is with the powerful antioxidant, vitamin C. Our best selling vitamin C serum that delivers absolutely wild results is the Agent Nateur holi (c). This is a unique powder formulation that contains just two ingredients, sodium ascorbyl phosphate or SAP, and Calcium ketogluconate. Together, not only does this special form of vitamin C work to brighten and protect the skin but the Calcium ketogluconate actually firms and lifts the skin, restoring elasticity and giving you a sculpted effect. Activate the holi (c) powder with the Agent Nateur holi (water) and pat onto the skin for full benefits. Read more about why we opt for sodium ascorbyl phosphate as opposed to other conventional vitamin Cs over on the blog here

Another tried & true favorite for brightening and evening the skin is the Concentrated Brightening collection from Tata Harper. The Concentrated Brightening Essence is a delicate infusion of Alpha and Beta Hydroxy technology combats dullness, dark spots, and uneven skin tone. Minimizes pores and visibly fades the appearance of hyperpigmentation for the most gorgeous, luminous glow. Pair with the Concentrated Brightening Serum which is loaded with 69 active ingredients, this serum is best for those who experience hyperpigmentation from sun exposure or dull skin that needs a radiant lift. The actives in this product work to brighten, reduce dark spots, even out the skin tone, plump & contour the skin, and eliminate fine lines. This is an iconic anti-aging serum that you can’t go wrong with if you’re looking to bring your complexion back to life. 


Retinols have become one of the most well known & widely prescribed products on the market when it comes to targeting aging, and even acne. What retinols do is work to renew our cells, which reveals fresh & youthful skin underneath. Whether we have acne, fine lines or dark spots, we’re told that retinol is the cure all. However, what we are not told is the ugly truth about its harmful effects. The truth is, not only can some retinols cause severe & adverse side effects, they can also be host to a variety of dangerous chemicals. Instead, we have some beautiful options that are chemical and toxin free, ultra-gentle on the skin and deliver potent results. 

Aqua A from Leahlani is a best selling serum of ours. It’s our top retinol alternative and formulated with an ingredient called granactive retinoid, which is essentially a different form of the traditional synthetic retinol. It’s a way more gentle, effective form of Vitamin A so it gives you all the beautiful results without any of the harsh side effects. They've also infused it with Kakadu Plum Oil, a potent source of Vitamin C, so you're not only getting really radiant skin & the renewal effect from the retinol, but you're getting the boost of antioxidants, plus the brightening effect from the Vitamin C. It’s a fabulous night serum to use if you’re looking for a retinol alternative and want to focus on cellular regeneration.




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