In this article, I will go over the specific needs of Melasma and Chloasma prone skin, and I will suggest a fantastic daily skincare routine for Melasma that will brighten your skin thanks to a remarkable natural ingredient: L-Ascorbic acid 2-Glucoside (also known as the most stable Vitamin C compound straight from Japan)
Melasma is a persistent acquired hypermelanosis (hyperpigmentation) of the skin that causes uneven dark patches on sun-exposed body parts, especially the face.
Although their pathogeny is not fully understood, there are certain recognized triggering factors and numerous potential therapies, including lifestyle changes, to lessen its development. To get a better grip on the triggers, read our guide, Understanding the Causes of Melasma: A Guide to Hormones, Sun Exposure, and Genetics.
Natural Treatments for Melasma and Chloasma
Due to its multifactorial origin, managing Melasma and Chloasma can be challenging. A person suffering from this disease must consider various possible factors and understand how they affect them personally. Hormonal changes, sun exposure, and genetics almost always influence flare-ups. While various treatment options are available, many of us are finally turning to natural remedies as a gentler and effective alternative to address skin discoloration.
The Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy published a review of over 15 natural ingredients that help manage the hyperpigmentation related to Melasma, and more and more people are looking for products that include these ingredients because they can be safer for topical application.
Note that the active ingredients, as well as their concentration and stability must be considered before buying any product for your skincare routine. That’s one of the reasons why at Fields of Yarrow we personally grow and hand-prepare every product, ensuring the maximum concentration of active agent.
Vitamin C is the Field of Yarrow‘s go-to compound to manage melasma. It has been recognized as a powerful antioxidant crucial in reducing hyperpigmentation and promoting a brighter complexion.
The four key results that target people with hyperpigmentation are:
- Inhibits Melanin Production: Vitamin C helps inhibit the enzyme tyrosinase, which is involved in melanin production. By regulating melanin production, vitamin C can help fade existing dark spots and prevent the formation of new ones.
- Brightens and Evens Out Skin Tone: Vitamin C reduces the appearance of dark spots, sun spots, and discoloration caused by hyperpigmentation, resulting in a more luminous and radiant complexion.
- Antioxidant Protection: Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps protect the skin against free radicals and oxidative stress caused by environmental factors like UV radiation and pollution. By neutralizing free radicals, vitamin C helps prevent further damage and supports the skin’s natural healing and regeneration process.
- Collagen Production: Another benefit of vitamin C is its role in collagen synthesis. Collagen is a protein that provides structural support to the skin, keeping it firm and elastic. Vitamin C helps stimulate collagen production, promoting a more youthful and plump appearance and reducing the visibility of hyperpigmentation.
The Ideal Skin Care Routine for Melasma and Chloasma
Creating and maintaining a daily skincare routine can do wonders for the overall health of your skin, not to mention reducing the visibility of your flare-ups. It provides consistency, helps keep skin balanced, and prevents issues from arising or worsening. You can promote a clear, radiant, and healthy complexion by cleansing, nourishing, protecting, and targeting this specific concern.
I have created and vetted over 2 years of work the perfect balance of ingredients and times of the day of their use; the result, is a nighttime skincare routine for Melasma supercharged with Vitamin C, and 5 simple steps to follow
Discussing your skin’s particular needs with a skincare professional who will help guide you through the process is anyway always recommended, but just like I do, I am sure all the readers affected by Melasma already have seen frequently their dermatologists. Don’t be shy, and share this article with your dermatologist for a more synergic approach to dealing with your case of Melasma.
Step 1: Cleansing
Start your nighttime skincare routine by thoroughly cleansing your skin. The Spirulina & Moringa Clarifying Cleanser is a revolutionary way to cleanse deep and fully hydrate your skin. Our unique formula is rich in vitamin C and mineral-rich agents that leave your skin nourished and glowing. It combines the power of nature with the latest in skin care technology, allowing you to achieve that beautiful, natural glow you’ve been looking for.
A deep cleanse and deeper hydration in one.
Step 2: Double Cleansing
Double cleansing is a must if you want to make sure you get a deep cleanse. Our Hibiscus and Rosella Clarifying oil-to-milk Cleansing Oil is a powerful clarifying cleansing treatment. Our favorite oil-to-milk vitamin C-rich cleansing oil breaks down buildup and dissolves makeup without stripping the skin of its natural humectants. It helps to improve skin texture and tone, aiding in the reduction of dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and signs of premature aging.
The perfect nourishing-dense oils provide vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to manage flare-ups.
Step 3: Toning and Balancing
After cleansing, restoring the skin’s pH balance and protecting it against damaging free radicals is essential. The Papaya & Moringa is infused with a powerful blend of niacinamide, 3% vitamin C, papaya and hibiscus extract, and vitamin E. This essence delivers exceptional results for boosting skin radiance and texture.
It can be used as a makeup-setter, instant refresher, or vitamin booster.
Step 4: Boosting and Brightening
With the C-COMPLEX DROPS Revitalizing Serum. Its stable and lightweight formula is non-greasy and absorbs easily into the skin for a naturally radiant glow. Made with 8% of easily absorbed Vitamin C, and Hibiscus extract to brighten the complexion and deliver maximum benefits at once.
Suitable for all skin types that look for a natural and vibrant glow.
Step 5: Illuminating and Restoring
Our Marigold & Moringa Brightnening Night Treatment Oil is formulated with natural plant superpowers – marigold profoundly soothes the skin and moringa oil is packed with fatty acids and Vitamins A, B, C, and E to help nourish the skin. A few drops of this soothing oil will take your evening routine to the next level. Not only will your skin feel hydrated and nourished, it will look healthier and brighter.
A few drops of this soothing oil will take your evening routine to the next level.
Products featured in the skincare routine for Melasma
Here’s a handy list of all the Fields of Yarrow’s 100% clean, natural and tested products, featuring high concentration of all the natural ingredients mentioned in this skincare routine for Melasma and Chloasma.
Always remember: consistency is key in achieving results with any skincare routine. Make the time daily to take care of yourself and turn your routine into a ritual. Allow it to be the time when nothing else matters; it’s just you taking care of yourself, and in a couple of weeks, you’ll be glowing naturally.
Why is cleansing important in a nighttime skincare routine for Melasma
Cleansing is crucial in a nighttime skincare routine for Melasma because it helps remove dirt, impurities, and makeup that can contribute to skin discoloration. It allows your skin to breathe and prepares it for the absorption of subsequent skincare products.
Can the Spirulina & Moringa Clarifying Cleanser help with Melasma
Yes, the Spirulina & Moringa Clarifying Cleanser can be beneficial for Melasma, I have observed this in several customers. Its vitamin C-rich formula and antioxidant properties help fight off environmental stressors and promote a healthier-looking complexion. Regular use can contribute to reducing the appearance of Melasma.
How does the Marigold & Moringa Night Treatment Oil benefit melasma-prone skin
The Marigold & Moringa Night Treatment Oil is formulated with natural plant superpowers that have specific benefits for melasma-prone skin. Ingredients like marigold, moringa oil, and hibiscus work together to soothe, nourish, and tone the skin. The oil's vitamin C content can help reduce the appearance of melasma and promote a more radiant complexion. Plus, all our oils are created with an accurate process making the molecules so small, that they don't clog up pores.
Is the nighttime skincare routine suitable for all skin types affected by Melasma
Yes, the nighttime skincare routine outlined above is suitable for all skin types affected by Melasma. The products are designed to address common concerns such as hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and dryness. However, it's always a good idea to patch test new products and consult with a dermatologist for personalized advice.
Can I use these products during the day as well, or are they specifically for nighttime use
All these products are safe to use in any moment of the day, but the specific combination of these products at nighttime creates the correct condition to address Melasma symptoms effectively.
So while these products are of course suitable for nighttime use, some can also be used during the day. The Papaya & Moringa, for example, can be used as a makeup setter or instant refresher. However, it's important to note that proper sun protection is essential, unless you're including one of our day-creams packed with UV protection elements.