Hyper pigmentation is an increased amount of melanin in the skin causing affected parts of the skin to darken. This is a concern experienced by many across various ethnicities and at different times of the year. The summer may typically stimulate certain types of hormonal pigmentation which is caused when the skin interacts with the sun. However, winter can also bring about superficial damage by intensifying the already present pigmentation and/or causing further pigmentation on sensitive areas such as the lips.
The lips are a particularly difficult area to treat because the skin on the lips is very different to that of the rest of the body. The skin on the lip is very thin and unlike other facial and body regions, does not contain sebaceous glands which produce oil and maintains moisture levels. In fact, our lips only receive moisture from a single source, which is our saliva. When the body is dehydrated, we produce less saliva which can lead to chapped lips and dry mouth.
Aside from stocking up on fresh fruits, veg and liquids, an at home treatment can help to immediately alleviate some of the dry skin associated with chapped and cracked lips. Simply apply the Ultra-Smooth Sea Polish on the lips but with a more gentle pressure. Be sure to concentrate on the corners of the mouth which is also susceptible to drying.
To complete the at home lip treatment, apply the Marine Boost Super Serum after exfoliating and twice daily, in the morning and evening. This super serum will help to seal in moisture and restore the affected dry and damaged area with its boosting ingredients. However, for more extreme cases where by the lips have permanently pigmented, a combination of the Ultra-Smooth Sea Polish and the Ultra-light Derma White will more effectively target the pigmentation and fade it with use.
Extra care should be taken during the winter months to ensure the lips remain hydrated. Dry skin which continues to flake off and re-dry will eventually pigment the skin. It is not only unsightly but can be painful and sore. Lastly, not only is the skin on the lips thinner but it contains no melanin unlike the rest of the body. Melanin helps to protect the skin from ultraviolent sun rays so without it, the skin is at a higher risk of sun damage. Don’t forget to apply a high SPF sunscreen on the lips during both the summer and winter sun to keep your lips a natural and healthy colour.
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Written by: Sophie Hafez
Products referenced in this article can be found on the following link:
Ultra-Smooth Sea Polish: https://www.thelasertreatmentclinic.com/skincare-shop/Exfoliants
Ultra-Light Derma White: https://www.thelasertreatmentclinic.com/lightening
Marine Boost Super Serum: https://www.thelasertreatmentclinic.com/skincare-shop/super-serum