Now that the summer is REALLY over, we can take a moment to sob into our Pumpkin Spice lattes and get down to prepping our skin for the winter holidays. Yes, 3 months of fun in the sun will leave you with friendly reminders (aka- uneven skin, hyperpigmentation) that there is a price to be paid for days lounging by the pool. It's ok! I've got you covered with the very best in green beauty to banish those spots before you can say "Trick or Treat"!
Notes on HyperPigmentation
Despite what you're best friends tells you, lemon juice will NOT lighten or brighten your skin. Leave this to the professionals , they know what they are doing. However, not all formulations are created equally. It is essential to look for plant based brighteners that inhibit excessive melanin production and reduce inflammation without irritating the skin. Stay away from any products that claims to "bleach" or "whiten" your skin. That is not the goal. We are looking to work WITH your body support healthy melanin production and promote skin vitality rather than force your skin into submission! Make sure to exfoliate only as needed and ALWAYS apply an antioxidant serum and sunblock if you are battling hyperpigmentation. Below I have laid out my current favorite finds for bright, healthy skin!
Now, with that said, on to the goods!
The Bright Skin Licorice Root Booster Serum from
Eminence Organic Skin Care is a fantastic daily, water-based serum to enhance any skincare regimen. It will assist in keeping an even skin tone and lighten sun spots over time. This is a great preventative measure as well.
*African Potato and Tara Tree : combine to form Eminence's Natural Hydroquinone Alternative- plant extracts that lighten in a non-toxic way
*Lactic Acid: gently sloughs dead skin cells and softens skin
*Licorice Root: suppresses overactive melanin production
*Stone Crop: a cousin to Aloe- hydrates, soothes, and heals
This serum is a light weight gel that absorbs quickly and is perfect to pair under another oil based serum, moisturizer, or sunscreen. It is perfect for sensitized, or blemish-prone skin (tons of anti-inflammatory agents) and does not contain Vitamin C extracts which can be irritating to ultra-sensitive skin. Try this one out if you have had trouble finding a brightener that your skin can tolerate.
Vitamin C is the quintessential skin brightening ingredient and for good reason. Vitamin C is an antioxidant so it reduces the amount of UV oxidation and inhibits the enzyme, tyrosinase - which triggers melanin production. It has also been shown to prevent DNA damage in the skin and to help repair damage as well. All of these factors can add up to increased skin protection which equals brighter, smoother skin.
The Ursa Major Brighten Up Vitamin C Serum utilizes this potent antioxidant as one of it's star ingredients. I love that this formula also incorporates rose hip which is another potent source of Vitamin C, aloe for water hydration, sunflower seed oil for acne-safe oil hydration, and even aspen bark extract - a natural source of salicylic acid which keeps pores clear and is anti-inflammatory. This would be my choice for oily-acneic (but not severely inflamed, mega-sensitive or barrier compromised) skin types. It provides both water and oil hydration sources so it also works brilliantly as a light weight moisturizer if your skin is oil-rich to begin with.
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, glycerin, cocoglucoside, coconut alcohol, populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, ascorbic acid/orange/citrus limon/citrus aurantifolia polypeptide, rosa canina (rose hip) seed extract*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter*, leontopodium alpinum (edelweiss) meristem cell culture, hydrogenated lecithin, glyceryl caprylate, sclerotium gum, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil*, citrus sinensis (blood orange) peel oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, bisabolol, sodium anisate, lactic acid, xanthan gum
Treatment masks can really up your game when treating chronic skin conditions such as acne, sun damage, or pigmentation. The key is to choose a mask that is potent, has high quality ingredients, and to use it often to reap the benefits. The Brighten Facial Mask from Laurel WPO takes care of the first two criteria and the last is up to you!
Laurel WPO is a whole plant and herb line created with only impeccably sourced ingredients, zero synthetic chemicals, and painstakingly formulated with loving care. This is as close to Mother Nature as you can get in a skincare line.
The Laurel Brighten dry facial mask contains only certified organic, whole plant ingredients. This provides all of the antioxidants and plant cofactors needed to brighten skin, strengthen capillaries, and reduce inflammation. This is a very stimulating mask due to the high bio-activity created through these high vibe ingredients. Start slow and reap the benefits (especially if you have sensitized skin)!
Dry masks are especially potent due to the fact that they do not contain water water which can, over time, break down the natural phytochemicals in mask ingredients. All of the skin benefiting molecules are released when you mix the mask with water and apply directly to the skin. Make sure your skin stays slightly moist for the duration of the masking process to ensure that the ingredients stay active on your skin. You will notice improved circulation, skin firmness, and a brightness to your skin that you will love!
Ingredients: Camu Camu˚, Rosehip Fruit˚, Acerola Berry˚, Gotu Kola˚, Calendula˚, Comfrey˚, Orange Peel˚; essential oils of Frankincense˚, Carrot Seed˚, Lemon˚, Cistus˚, Sweet Orange˚ ˚signifies certified organic ingredient
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Hello! My name is Elizabeth and I am the professional holistic esthetician/licensed massage therapist turned skin care blogger here! I am a southern girl with two little ones at home and a full time job running my boutique spa. I am passionate about holistic/organic skin care, wellness, clean foods, and discovering new ways, services, and products to help you age well and healthily. Welcome!