Ok, sounds like a clickbait headline, but it is true: there is one consistent action that pretty much vanished melasma from my face.
For the record, mine was never that bad. Low level, it was always there, on the edges of my eyebrows, patches on forehead and around the bottom of the eyes.
During the warmer months or a nice holiday, the pigmentation would become very visible, and harder to hide with usual make up.
They’d fade in the colder months but always be there. For my already acne scarred face, that was yet another reminder of my terrible skin and I wasn’t quite sure why.
If my make up had SPF and I was wearing 30+ on holidays, with frequent application, why was it still there???
Once I read that the light from laptops and electronic devices also cause ageing and all made sense.
I started wearing “real” SPF 30+ and not make up or skincare with added SPF, which usually are low 10-15, even on the days I wasn’t leaving the house, my hormonal pigmentation vanished, and never returned.
It became a fixed step in my morning routine, regardless of the exposure I was expecting for that day, or time of the year.
While I appreciate some cases are more severe than mine, this was life changing in my skincare routine.
I’m constantly trialling different ones as sunscreen can cause even more havoc to my acneic, sensitive skin.
So far I’ve been very impressed with Skinceauticals Sheer Mineral UV Defense SPF50, Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF50 (also available with a light tint), Image Skincare Prevention+ SPF32+, (surprisingly) Nivea Cellular Luminous anti dark spot day fluid SPF50, Sunsense daily face invisible tint finish SPF 50+, Garnier Ambre Solaire Over makeup Super UV SPF50, La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL tinted fluid SPF50+, Piz Buin Mountain Suncream SPF50+ (great for the winter) and a few more gems I encountered since I adopted the new habit.
Next on my list to try? SOS Serum SPF 30 and 50 and the Bioderma Photoderm Anti Melasma tinted SPF50+ both great value for money at under £20. What’s not to love?
You know the drill, but I’ll say anyway: this post contains some mentions to PR samples as products were sent to me free of charge, with no obligation to post, but the majority were purchased with my own money. Opinions are honest and my own.