Faking an even complexion ain’t tough these days. Sure! You can swipe on your trusty color corrector and foundation to fake a flawless face. Healthy, even toned skin is the stuff of beauty dreams. Sadly, as we get older (and wiser), our skin undergoes changes too. Be it the constant sun exposure that propels melanin production (hello sun spots and skin darkening), pigmentation, red blotches or discoloured acne scars, your skin bears the brunt. And let’s not even talk about the rest of your body; dark, flaky elbows, knees, stretch marks and tan lines that have comfortably settled in. But don’t despair. We’ll show you how to reclaim the skin you were born with, face to feet.
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What: Neck Lines
Solution: Since the skin of the neck is thin as compared to the rest of the body, the décolletage is more prone to sun damage. Combine that with gravity and the constant craning over smartphones, and you have sagging skin and fine lines. What you need is not just an SPF but also a stronger formulation such as the Mitchell USA Age-Less Neck Therapy Refining Cream to reverse aging. It’s also a great idea to incorporate a night cream with Retinoids such as the Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair that fades lines and boosts cell turnover.
What: Tan Lines And
Solution: Want to get rid of those awkward tan lines left by your cut-out maillot and your strappy platforms? Buff away dead skin in the shower with a heavy-duty body exfoliator such as the Biotique Bio Papaya Revitalizing Tan Removal Scrub daily till your lines are no longer noticeable. If you’ve been hiding your less-than-even-toned feet in closed footwear, try It's Skin Selfcare Foot Peeling that sloughs off dead cells to reveal baby soft feet in a few weeks.
What: Stretch Marks
Solution: Stretch marks usually appear on the abdomen, breasts, hips, shoulders, buttock and thigh areas; and while you might not be able to get rid of them 100%, you can certainly minimize their appearance by building collagen (improves skin elasticity) and boosting antioxidants. Try Reviva Elastin & Collagen Body Firming Lotion that lightens stretch marks and firms skin. You can also stimulate the renewal process with emollients such as Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter. Bio Oil and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Cream For Stretch Marks are tried-and-tested products we recommend.
What: Discolorations On Knees, Elbows, Underarms And Knuckles
Solution: Dark knees, elbows, underarms and knuckles are caused by dead skin build up, that gets worse with sun exposure and friction. Since exfoliation is key, use the Vaadi Herbals Elbow-Foot-Knee Scrub Soap to slough off dead cells. To get rid of discoloration, rub lemon (natural bleaching properties) on the offending area. Follow this up with a targeted cream such as the Prowomen EKK (Elbow, Knee, Knuckle) CreamUp. Up for some pre-emptive measure? Opt for products with Vitamin C that brightens up skin as well as prevents pigmentation from appearing in the first place. Use It's Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector alone or mix it with your daily moisturizer for a quick Vitamin boost.
Solution: Dieting might melt those extra kilos but they won’t banish your cellulite. Now, here’s the good news: you can diminish its appearance by using a caffeine-based product such as the Aroma Magic Coffee Bean Scrub to stimulate lymphatic drainage and tighten skin. We also recommend dry brushing that aids circulation and eliminates toxins. Start at your feet and, move up your legs on both sides, then work from your hands up your arms towards your chest, using the Vega Cellulite Bristle Bath Brush. Lastly, smooth on a lotion such as the Votre Cellulite Lotion to make your skin smoother and softer.