Skin Care

How to Treat Hyperpigmentation

Before getting into how to treat hyperpigmentation, let’s define what the term actually means, shall ...

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Before getting into how to treat hyperpigmentation, let’s define what the term actually means, shall we?

This umbrella term describes a condition in which the skin is discolored or darkened due to an array of factors. In fact, hyperpigmentation can be caused by past blemishes, eczema and psoriasis flare-ups, melasma, and of course, excess sun exposure. We would argue that sun exposure is at the root of most stubborn hyperpigmentation issues. That is why one of the main steps in treating hyperpigmentation is daily sunscreen application. The sun is not our friend. At least when it comes to keeping a clear, youthful complexion. 

Many of us, myself included, scour the internet to find the miracle product that will save us from our stubborn hyperpigmentation. The sad truth is that treating dark marks is a long process that requires patience and different types of treatments. Topical products can only do so much and more intense treatments like lasers are recommended to really eliminate the issue at its core. That being said, you should always consult your dermatologist with any skin concern you may have.

While topical products aren’t a cure-all solution in most hyperpigmentation cases, they can definitely help. We’ve asked our aesthetician and Tata Harper Specialist Emmanuelle to name a few products that will help you treat your dark spots and reveal a clear, glowing complexion. Here are her recommendations.

EXFOLIATING CLEANSERS

Exfoliation and cell-turnover are very important when it comes to tackling signs of hyperpigmentation. These cleansers contain active ingredients like AHAs, BHAs and brightening ones like Azelaic Acid and Niacinamide that all help fight hyperpigmentation. Ideally, you would use these cleansers as a second step in your double-cleansing routine, following your oil cleanse.

VITAMIN C SERUMS

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant known for its brightening properties. It is an ingredient found in most products designed for treating hyperpigmentation. It’s also effective in combatting free radical damage, keeping your skin healthy and glowing! This is definitely a must in a skincare regimen.

TARGETED BRIGHTENING SERUMS

If you’re already using Vitamin C and a good cleanser but need an extra punch, think of incorporating a targeted treatment serum into your routine. These 3 products are packed with active ingredients designed to assist in targeting and improving the appearance of discolouration, leaving the skin more evenly toned and healthy. Lytera is one of our bestsellers and works at brightening the overall complexion, not just the dark spots.

RETINOLS

Topical retinols work by increasing cell-turnover which helps diminish signs of hyperpigmentation quicker and more effectively. They also increase the production of collagen, improve the skin’s texture and help fight signs of aging. Another must in a skincare routine. The con of using topical retinols is that they can be irritating to the skin which is why you should start slow and with a low dosage. If you have sensitive skin, a naturally-derived retinol like the Pai Rosehip Bioregenerate oil might be a better option for you!

HYDROQUINONE

Hydroquinone is an ingredient used to lighten hyperpigmentation. Both of these Vivier products contain 2% Hydroquinone, which is the highest dose you can receive in Canada without a prescription! If you have stubborn dark spots that just won’t leave, Hydroquinone may be a good option for you! People with sensitive skin may not be able to tolerate this ingredient, which is why it’s important to talk to your dermatologist before use.

SUNSCREEN

Sunscreen may be the most important step in fighting hyperpigmentation. In fact, even if you have the best skincare routine full of active ingredients that target dark spots, if you don’t protect your skin with an SPF, you may as well be pouring your products down the drain. Sun exposure is the number one cause of hyperpigmentation as it causes the production of melanin in your skin. No matter the time of year, you need to be applying an SPF of at least 30!

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Skin Care

Do You Mix and Match Your Skin Care?

Have you ever been told that you can't mix skincare brands? We're here to debunk that misconception. Mixing and matching is part of the fun!

Have you ever been told that you can’t mix skincare brands? We’re here to debunk that misconception. Mixing and matching is part of the fun!

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Skin Care

My Hydrafacial Experience

Last week I experienced my first Hydrafacial! Believe it or not, I was a facial virgin up until now. I am 34 years old and am just starting to see the first signs of aging. Fun! My school of thought had always been: Why mess with my skin when it was fine as it was? Boy was I wrong! Here's everything you need to know about Hydrafacials!

Last week I experienced my first Hydrafacial! Believe it or not, I was a facial virgin up until now. I am 34 years old and am just starting to see the first signs of aging. Fun! My school of thought had always been: Why mess with my skin when it was fine as it was? Boy was I wrong! Here’s everything you need to know about Hydrafacials!

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Discover the do's and don'ts of sensitive skin.
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Sensitive Skincare Do’s and Don’ts

If you are experiencing red, dry or irritated skin, it could be because you have sensitive skin. Skin that is highly reactive to irritants and active ingredients in skincare products can be difficult to manage. Here are some tips on what you should, and more importantly, shouldn't do for your sensitive skin.

If you are experiencing red, dry or irritated skin, it could be because you have sensitive skin. Skin that is highly reactive to irritants and active ingredients in skincare products can be difficult to manage. Here are some tips on what you should, and more importantly, shouldn’t do for your sensitive skin.

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Want a fresh, glowing, youthful complexion? Exfoliation is key!
Skin Care

What do Hydroxy Acids do for your skin?

Who doesn't want skin that looks fresh, rejuvenated and glowing? The question is, how and what products do you use. In this blog post, we tackle everything you need to know about exfoliation!

Who doesn’t want skin that looks fresh, rejuvenated and glowing? The question is, how and what products do you use. Hydroxy Acids exfoliate which means they remove dead skin cells and improve skin cell turnover. That means fresh, glowing skin that better reflects light.

Our skin naturally exfoliates of course but as we age and as the result of environmental factors including unprotected sun exposure, the natural shedding process of the skin may slow down or even stop. That will leave us with dull, dry or even flaky skin. We may see enlarged pores, loss of firmness, uneven skin tone and yes, even more wrinkles.

Hydroxy Acids – either AHA (alpha hydroxy acid – glycolic and lactic acids) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid – beta hydroxy or salicylic acid) are one way to help gently exfoliate the skin.

AHA: These work on the skin’s surface and are water soluble and we recommend for those with normal to dry or sun damaged skin because of their ability to work with natural moisturizing factors within the skin.

BHA: These work on the skin’s surface and inside the pores, are oil soluble and we recommend for normal to oily skin that is more prone to enlarged pores, acne and blemishes. BHA also has natural skin calming properties so it is gentle enough for people who experience redness or even rosacea.

Benefits:

  • Helps to soften lines and wrinkles
  • Will penetrate pores and exfoliate the pores
  • Stimulates collagen to increase elasticity and firmness
  • Helps to improve overall texture of the skin
  • Used correctly, will help with skin hydration
SkinCeuticals

We are often asked which is better or can I combine them. We suggest to use the one that is appropriate to your skin type and testing to see what works better for you. Everyone’s skin is different and will react differently to different products and ingredient strengths. Using both an AHA and BHA exfoliant at the same time may be too much. Alternate or use morning or night always after cleansing and toning. Start slowly and see how your skin reacts – we all have a tendency to want to go too quickly and that more is better. NOT TRUE! You may also want to look at different options, for example, using a BHA on oily areas and an AHA on the dryer ones. There are also products that have a combination of these two acids. It is important to not over-exfoliate and to always use a sunscreen as use of these products may make the skin more sun sensitive

AHA/ BHA CREAM from SKINMEDICA


If you are not sure which products are right for you, or when to use them, make sure you are asking a trained skin therapist who knows the products that you are using and also understands your skin and skin care goals.

Keep your complexion exfoliated and glowing with these AHA/BHA products!

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Aging gracefully is a thing! Discover the tricks that make it possible.
Skin Care

Anti-Aging in your 30’s

Aging gracefully is possible! With the right skincare habits you too can age like fine wine. Discover the tips that will make it all possible!

Aging gracefully is possible! With the right skincare habits you too can age like fine wine. Discover the tips that will make it all possible!

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Discover the difference between natural and organic products, as well as our selection of green skincare brands!
Skin Care

Do you know the difference between natural & organic?

Over the past few years, we have seen a growing movement towards natural and organic skin care, hair care and sunscreen products. However, do you know the difference between the two? Keep reading to find out!

Over the past few years, we have seen a growing movement towards natural and organic skin care, hair care and sunscreen products. However, do you know the difference between the two? Keep reading to find out!

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Rotate these 5 anti-aging ingredients for a youthful complexion!
Skin Care

5 Anti-Aging Skin Care Ingredients You Need to Know About

As we age, our skin loses firmness and elasticity—causing it to look saggy and loose. Fine lines and wrinkles seem to start appearing out of nowhere, and while we are not trying to look like the 20-year-old versions of ourselves, we still want brighter, smoother and younger looking skin. Discover the 5 anti-aging products that will help you age gracefully!

As we age, our skin loses firmness and elasticity—causing it to look saggy and loose. Fine lines and wrinkles seem to start appearing out of nowhere, and while we are not trying to look like the 20-year-old versions of ourselves, we still want brighter, smoother and younger looking skin. Discover the 5 anti-aging products that will help you age gracefully!

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The skin on your face is extremely sensitive and should be handled with care. Discover these tips to gently take care of your skin.
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Skin Care Tip: Treat Your Skin Gently

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin leading to redness and irritation. To keep your skin care regimen gentle, follow these simple steps.

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin leading to redness and irritation. To keep your skin care regimen gentle, follow these simple steps.

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Vintner's Daughter
Natural and Organic

Vintner’s Daughter: A Skin Care Game Changer

Created to be a game-changer in skin care, the Active Botanical Serum is a super ...

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Active Botanical SerumCreated to be a game-changer in skin care, the Active Botanical Serum is a super powered, multi-correctional serum that does the work of six products in one.
22 highly targeted active, organic and wild-crafted botanicals do the work for you

NOURISH
The earth’s most nutrient-dense botanicals combine to feed your skin optimal nutrition at a cellular level

BRIGHTEN
Carefully selected botanicals work hard to even out skin discolouration caused by acne, sun exposure or hormonal imbalance

BALANCE
A complete spectrum of skin balancing vitamins, phytonutrients, aminos, fatty acids, omegas and minerals help skin repair and recover.

TONE
Elasticity improving foundational oils allow formula to penetrate deeply helping to firm skin’s internal structure.

CLEAR
Designed with acne-prone, hormonal and rosacea-prone skin in mind, Vintner’s Daughter uses powerful anti-inflammatory phytonutrients and a targeted group of anti-oxidants to reduce redness and inflammation.

PREVENT
Anti-oxidant and omega-rich, helping to plump and minimize fine lines and wrinkles.

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Vintner's Daughter
THE STORY BEHIND THE ACTIVE BOTANICAL SERUM
Vintner’s Daughter was born when the founder, April Gargiulo was not able to find the skin care product she needed. April used her background in fine-winemaking to create skincare with uncompromising quality, efficacy and safety.

APRIL’S VISION
Active Botanical Serum was formulated to be a multi-correctional, results-driven product that would address her myriad skincare needs at the highest level of activity and safety.

THE PROCESS
The formulation is deeply influenced by April’s fine winemaking background both in philosophy and process. It begins with the world’s most nutrient dense, whole organic and wildcrafted ingredients, followed by a methodical formulation process that gently extracts their full spectrum of activity.

THE RESULT
The result is April’s dream product: a serum that all skin types can benefit by because it addresses skin issues at a foundational level and at the highest levelof performance.

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