Using the beauty products found in BeautyMNL’s Brightening category is a great way to fight dark spots and hyperpigmentation. However, using these items alone may not be enough to get radiant skin. Here are some other things you can do to supplement the use of brightening products:
1. **Eat and drink right.**
As that old adage goes, you are what you eat. No matter how many brightening products you use, if you don’t supply your body with the right vitamins and minerals to produce bright, healthy skin, you’ll go nowhere.
You can start by cutting down on alcohol—too much can cause that flushed expression to become permanent on your face. Then add more food containing essential fatty acids to your diet, as these boost collagen production and cell formation. Some examples include fish (salmon), walnuts, and flax seed. You can even complement brightening products with vitamin C by eating fruit containing this nutrient.
2. **Minimize sun exposure and religiously use sunblock.**
Yes, sun protection is a must even when you’re miles away from the beach. After all, the UV rays of the sun doesn’t just cause sunburn; it also causes those dark spots. Make sure to wear sun protection with a minimum of SPF 30 every day. Wear it even when the weather’s looking gloomy and cloudy—the UV rays that damage your skin can get through those clouds.
And don’t automatically assume that you’re completely protected when you have sunblock on. When outside, avoid standing in the sun; if you cannot avoid it, then just make sure to use an umbrella or wear a hat.
3. **Exfoliate regularly.**
If you’re going to use brightening products without exfoliating, then the newer, better layer of skin will be still hidden under the old, dark ones. To avoid that, schedule one or two mornings every week to exfoliate your face. However, beware of over-exfoliating, as this can cause irritation.