Zoe Foster-Blake has reminded us all of the best and worst parts of a beach holiday.
The best part: Beach holiday.
The worst part: Exposure to an environment that despite your best efforts can ravage your skin.
The reminder came via a post to her Instagram account where the founder of Go-To-Skin-Care warned her followers about the dangers of hyperpigmentation.
“Hyperpigmentation is the biggest bitch in bitch town,” Foster-Blake said.
Hyperpigmentation is the term used to describe when patches of skin become darker than surrounding skin due to an excess of melanin.
Exposure to sun stimulates the production of melanin making beach holidays the perfect precursor to an outbreak.
Best thing about beach holidays: beach holidays. Worst thing about beach holidays: friggen hyperpigmentation storming in. (NOT freckles, rather the large clusters of brown.) The worse it gets, the harder it is to shift, and aside of the fact it’s an inflammatory response (????) my belief is that it’s uneven skin tone – not wrinkles – that makes the skin look aged. And TERRUST ME, I know all the tricks: I use pigment inhibitors (Aspect Pigment Punch), antioxidants (@gotoskincare Face Hero) non-stop broad spectrum physical/zinc oxide-based sun protection (Invisible Zinc), wide-brimmed hats and plastic sunglasses. That it has flared up again so rapidly (I kind of blame the Fraxel I had five years ago…) reminds me that, A) thermal heat certainly does cause melanin production, B) hyperpigmentation is the biggest bitch in bitch town, C) BB creams won’t cut it now, and D) I will just deal with it when I get home with usual program of peels/AHAs/microdermabrasion blah blah blah. ???? Link to an old hyperpigmentation post of mine in bio for anyone who wants to join the battle. UPDATE: Lashes and brows are tagged and certainly nothing I created myself. ????