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Brighten Your Skin the Natural Way
9 October, 2019 / by Maya Adivi, cosmetologist

Summer is long gone, and while some of us may have succeeded in achieving a gorgeous even tan, many others are noticing sunspots or dark patches showing up in their skin. This darkness in the skin is called hyperpigmentation, and while it can be super cute as a dusting of freckles across the nose, most of the time it is just a hassle.

Because we believe beauty should be achievable without compromising health, the Nairian team looked to Armenia’s botanical bounty to create an all-natural serum that targets those dark spots while also keeping the skin soft, healthy, and youthful. Read on to learn more about what hyperpigmentation is, and exactly how vitamin C manages to fade its appearance! I also give a few tips and tricks to prevent hyperpigmentation, so you can keep your skin even and healthy for years to come! 

What is hyperpigmentation and what causes it?

I want to start off by making it clear that hyperpigmentation is not the same as being tan or having darker skin. Hyperpigmentation is the overproduction of melanin in the skin.

Melanin is the pigment that gives our skin color, and barring albinos, everyone’s skin produces it. The purpose of melanin is to protect our skin from UV radiation, which it is able to absorb. The issues crop up when the skin goes into “hyper mode” and produces too much of that pigment. Sometimes it just happens naturally when there are too many melanin-producing cells in one area, like in the case of birthmarks. Other times, the skin goes into overdrive because of external threats like excessive sun exposure or because the skin has been injured.

There are a few different kinds of hyperpigmentation, but I want to focus on the ones people usually want to fade. These include:

●     Sunspots, which are caused by sun exposure. These dark marks have a specific line of demarcation, and they are caused by the free radical damage caused by sun exposure.

●     Melasma is usually hormonal, but it can be exacerbated by sun exposure. Unlike sunspots, melasma doesn’t have a clear line of demarcation. Instead, it looks like patches of skin that are slightly darker and fade into the rest of the skin at the edges. It commonly shows up on the forehead or upper lip area. Melasma is often referred to as “the mask of pregnancy” because many women develop it when pregnant.

●     Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is pigmentation caused by all kinds of trauma to the skin, with post-acne dark marks and post-burn marks being the most common. This pigmentation shows up after the skin has already healed of the trauma, but since some damage has been done to the skin the melanocytes end up producing more melanin in that area.

What is the best natural ingredient for treating hyperpigmentation?

There are many ingredients out there that are said to help with hyperpigmentation, but in my opinion, the best one by far is vitamin C. Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid, and when it is applied to the skin it is the best remedy for fading the look of hyperpigmentation.  With regular use it works extremely well to brighten the skin, but unlike synthetic skin lighteners it is gentle and safe. 

Vitamin C works [1] to lighten hyperpigmentation because it is a tyrosinase inhibitor. Tyrosinase is the enzyme involved in melanin synthesis in the skin. By inhibiting the action of tyrosinase vitamin C prevents the skin from producing too much melanin. After using a serum with vitamin C for many weeks, it is possible to see a more even skin tone and brighter skin!

Additionally, vitamin C is also an excellent anti-aging ingredient. It acts as an antioxidant, to protect the skin from the environmental causes of premature aging, like sun exposure and pollution. Studies show vitamin C is also able to reverse the look of premature aging, so that overtime the skin looks smoother with fewer apparent fine lines and wrinkles. 

In the new Nairian Vitamin C Serum we’ve used a more stable form of ascorbic acid: magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. This form of vitamin C is easily absorbed into the skin, and it also has additional skin hydrating properties. We’ve used it in a bi-phase formula that also utilizes the power of rosehip seed oil to promote skin cell turnover and improve the skin’s texture, along with other skin protecting, anti-aging, and hydrating botanical ingredients sourced from Armenia’s highlands.

I want to make this clear: when I talk about brightening the skin I am talking about making it appear more even toned, and eliminating the signs of irregular pigment production. This is not about whitening or bleaching the skin - it’s about regulating melanin production and helping the skin look healthier. 


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