Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Dark spots showing

I’m in my 50s, and lately, I’ve noticed pigmentation and light patches on my cheeks and near the eyes. I have been using various sun protection creams for over 30 years and don’t understand why pigmentation only occurs now. – Concerned Mature Woman

Before trainer Ivy Gan from Estee Lauder addresses your concern, perhaps it’s good to understand that dark spots/pigmentation originates from excessive production of melanin – a dark pigment that gives your skin its colour. Our skin needs melanin to protect us against damaging UV rays. Therefore, without melanin in our skin, we will risk getting skin cancer.

As we age, our skin would have accumulated melanin production due to exposure to UV rays and other environmental assaults, forming dark spots.

Gan says that it may have been less visible when we were younger but as we grow older, the melanin starts to accumulate and surfaces. In addition, with the loss of collagen and elastin in our skin structure, the melanin will start to clutter, resulting in dark patches, commonly seen on more mature skin.

According to Bobbi Brown, concealers should blend into your skin and instantly make you look better.
According to Bobbi Brown, concealers should blend into your skin and instantly make you look better.

Sun protection creams are used to minimise the effect of UV ray damage on our skin. However, it will not be able to stop the formation of dark spots entirely.

However, it can slow down the process. At age 50, as our body experiences loss of firmness and coupled with hormonal changes, dark spots will eventually surface on our cheeks. We will not be able to completely remove the dark spots, however, we can slow down the formation and lighten the look of it.

Estee Lauder CyberWhite HD Advanced Brightening Moisture Crème contains Baicalin, a potent botanical extract known for its exceptional soothing power. It helps to calm and soothe the skin by slowing down the production of melanin.

Barely visible spots can also sometimes cast an uneven hue across the skin as they lurk beneath the surface. These are caused by hyper-pigmentation led by an increased release of skin’s histamine, and have not yet completely reached the surface.

Melanin Interception Technology helps counteract the visible skin-darkening effects of the histamine release, which can lead to the activation dark spots. Skin is kept in a constant state of calm, and dark spots are visibly reduced, revealing a brighter complexion.

Estee Lauder will be giving Concerned Mature Woman a CyberWhite HD Advanced Brightening Moisture Crème worth RM260.

I’ve tried many different types of concealers, both high end and drugstore versions. I need to cover up my dark circles, but unfortunately, none of them seem to be working for me. Can you recommend a concealer that offers high coverage and can cover up dark circles well? – Sharon

According to Carina Choo, senior education manager for Bobbi Brown, the application of under-eye concealer is the most important step in any make-up routine. Concealer is the one product that, when chosen and applied correctly, can instantly lift and brighten the face. A concealer is used to mask dark circles, age spots, large pores, and other small visible blemishes. Slightly thicker than foundation, it’s blended into the surrounding skin tone to conceal skin imperfections.

Generally, you should choose a colour that’s one or two shades lighter than your foundation. A light yellow-toned concealer masks this blue discoloration and brightens the skin. Correctors are great for those with extreme under-eye darkness when a regular concealer cannot fully lighten the under-eye area.

If your skin is pale, choose the lightest colours, beginning with bisque or light pink. For deeper skin tones, choose peach or darker peach. A regular yellow-toned concealer is usually layered lightly over a corrector to lighten the under-eye area. Don’t forget to set everything with powder! Most women can use a yellow-toned, loose powder.

How to know that you’ve got it right? Correctors brighten the darkest areas under your eyes. Concealers should blend into your skin, lightening the dark circles and instantly making you look better. Last but not least, under-eye concealers are generally not formulated for use on blemishes or red areas. It’s creamier in consistency and lighter than your skin tone so it won’t work. You’ll need a specific yellow-toned concealer that matches your skin tone to properly cover blemishes and scars. Usually, a concealer with a slight green or blue undertone can counteract red patches on the skin better.

Bobbi Brown will be giving Sharon a Creamy Concealer Kit worth RM138.


HERE’S a chance to get your “always wanted to know but didn’t know who to ask” beauty questions tackled. E-mail your queries to to be answered fortnightly by beauty professionals from beauty or skincare houses. The queries should be beauty-specific and may be on skin or hair concerns, cosmetics or products, too. Please include your name, address and contact number. Published letters will receive a gift. All the best to your beauty quest! 

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