[By Hilary Young]

So you’ve just had your baby, and changing diapers still hold its fascination for you. It’s obvious you are enjoying every minute of ‘mummyhood’ but the clock is ticking and soon it will be time for you to return to work. Is your post-pregnant figure ready to face the world with confidence?

Gone is the pregnant glow (if you ever had one), and the license to eat whatever your body desires. Unfortunately, the fall back to earth can be a tough reality check for most mothers. Thanks to skyrocketing hormones, more than 50% of pregnant women actually develop dark pigmentation around the forehead, cheeks and mouth, also known as melasma. These hormonal culprits rob your skin of its radiance and mar your once flawless visage with their darkened footprints.

To tackle these beauty woes, here is our action plan to put the glow back into your face:

1. Shun the sun

Stay out of the sun as much as possible and wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 every day. You should also consider additional sun protection with a wide brimmed hat and parasol to block those harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Our pick:

Sloane Inc Sunblock SPF 70

Kate Somerville Daily Deflector™ Waterlight Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA+++ Anti-Aging Sunscreen

2. Foil the melanin

Pigmentation can be treated with lightening creams that usually contain effective pigment foilers such as hydroquinone, vitamin A and glycolic acid. These help to keep skin ‘in the clear’ by reducing pigment cells residing in your dermis.

Our pick:

Sloane Inc Lightening Complexion Corrector

La Roche-Posay Biomedic Pigment Control Concentrated Conditioning Serum For Skin Discolourations

3. Go Deeper

If you find your pigmentation stubborn, enlist scientific know-how. Lasers go deeper into the skin to produce faster and more effective skin lightening and brightening benefits compared to just using creams alone. Stubborn melasma often affects both the epidermis and dermis (deeper layer of the skin) thus explaining why topical treatments are often insufficient to fully rid the skin of pigmentation. If you want to get to the root of your problems, it is time to see the ‘light’.

Our pick:

Divine whitening program


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5 thoughts on “Say Bye Bye to Pregnancy Pigmentation”

  1. I think Kate Somerville ‘Daily Deflector™ Waterlight’ Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ PA++++ is one of the best sunscreens I’ve ever used on my face. I have combo-oliy skin and I’ve used every sunscreen from neutrogena, murad, korres, clinique, origins, and clarins and this one is definitely a winner. My skin is very comfortable all day. You do have to make sure you rub it in well or you will have white streaks. A little goes a long way 😉

  2. Well months ago, I read about the La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control Concentrated Dark Spot Correcting Serum in one of the magazine. So, I bought it. I have seen change on my face. The only thing is that you have to use this product for a log time to see the results. One bottle is not sufficient. I will need may be two. So have some patience while using this product.

    1. Hey did u use biomedic all over your face or just on the specific areas…I’ve got melasma on my top lip and forehead…x

  3. I personally thinks that La Roche-Posay Biomedic Pigment Control Concentrated Conditioning Serum For Skin Discolourations is great. I could see the difference within a month. I had used three tubes of No. 7 for age spots, didn’t even notice any difference. I had also used two tubes of Vichy Proeven, but I still had age spots which didn’t go away. Within one month of using this, the difference was noticeable, even my husband noticed it that my skin looks more clear now. I don’t need to apply too much makeup to cover my age spots anymore. You only need to apply little bit, but it is very sticky, not ideal to apply day time.

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