Piling on the SPF

✨Actually, the critical step after any retinoid treatment is SPF. Not just SPF application but also reapplication, especially if you are living in high UV Index countries (handy link below)

#hyperpigmentation For those of you that are new to me and my account my fight against discolourations has been going on forever. Last year I was a little slack in my reapplication (a few times) and I paid the price. Whilst treating my dark upper lip with excellent results (30% reduction in melasma) it came back even stronger after I caught a cold sore on my upper lip and forgot to apply my stick SPF a few times a day like I usually do. However, for today one ingredient that always helps in the battle against hyperpigmentation, melasma and dark spots are “Retinoids”- Vitamin A derivatives.

This is Medik 8 Cyrstal 10 Retinaldehyde, my purchase from @facethe_future  (some of you will know this after I featured it in my stories last summer) @medik8CRYSTAL RETINA 10- This is a stable 0.10% encapsulated Retinaldehyde and since it is only 30ml you will need two tubes if you really want to test how this works for you over several months of use. Retinaldehyde is a retinoid (Vitamin A derivative) which requires one enzymatic conversion to retinoic acid in the skin, it is proven to work well against blemishes and hyperpigmentation and an excellent choice if you are looking for a multi-tasking night cream that works with less irritation than retinol (30ml £79)

🔆@mesoestetic Mesoprotech Sun-protective repairing stick SPF 100 UVA/UVB/HEV/IR
This is a teeny tiny stick and is a good option towards targeted application on dark spots and small surfaces. Perfect method of application for lips, eye areas and excellent touch up if you are looking to heal scars or to ensure that PIH stays to a minimum for acne marks (especially in skin of colour). This does leave an ever so slight white cast which disappears after a while and both chemical and physical filters are used. £40 for 4.5g.

High UV https://www.who.int/uv/intersunprogramme/activities/uv_index/en/index3.html

Who else is happy to see so many more SPF options than before?