you all have been sharing your stories with me about being insecure with your hyperpigmentation, so here’s mine:

i used to sow higher collars onto my shirts. i avoided short sleeves at all costs. from 2009 to 2015, i have never worn a vest/tank top outdoors. i’d constantly pull up my shirts, paranoid that one of my marks might be showing. i would hate going to the beach because i’d be the only one fully clothed while everyone was sporting their new bathing suits. i was always wearing sweaters/long sleeved shirts (even in the summer). i wasn’t able to wear most dresses. i was never able to be completely naked in every sense with my partner. i even cried once because a friend of mine took a picture of me and posted it without my knowledge. i didn’t want anyone to see me like this. but then i realized, i can’t change who i am. i can’t hide forever and i really didn’t want to. so now, i’ve allowed myself to be free. to not hide a freckle. to love myself completely and encourage others to do the same. i decided that my hyperpigmentation was no longer “unattractive” but beautiful. i changed my thinking from “i want perfect skin” to “my skin is perfect”. i went from telling myself “no man will want me” to “the right one will love me regardless”. when i look in the mirror, i’m no longer sad. instead i smile and blow a kiss and flirt with myself for as long as i please lol. beauty is really in the eye of the beholder. once you open your eye and realize that you are the only beholder that can determine your beauty, your whole world will change. it took a long time for me to get to this point but i made it. and so can you.

This is how you do the #dontjudgemechallenge ladies and gentlemen.

Putting someone else down to boost your confidence is not cool. Acne, scars, glasses, unibrows, mustaches, double chins, etc aren’t ugly. People picking on others insecurities is ugly. The point of this tag is to embrace our real beauty, but how are we suppose to love ourselves if we keep telling each other that specific characteristics makes us ugly? I get it. It was a joke, but for me it wasn’t funny. We are all so beautiful. Yes, even the people that made videos mocking “ugly” people. Let’s cut the BS, fuck the beauty standards, and try working on spreading more positivity towards each other. I know we are capable of it. Anyway, I had to talk myself into doing this for a long time so please be nice.

Tutorial on correcting hyperpigmentation.

1. Press orange-hued creamy concealer in a dry (rather than emollient) formula over the dark spots on the face. Here I used Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.

2. Press a VERY fine matte powder into the corrector, like the Ambient Lighting powders from Hourglass. Use a tiny amount to avoid cakiness.

5. Spray a toner or setting spray lightly over the entire face. (I mix a few drops of argan oil with water in a spray bottle.)

6. Buff a foundation, like Hourglass Illusion, all over the skin with a fluffy, synthetic brush such as the multi task brush by Real Techniques.

7. Set once more with powder and setting spray, then add blush, bronzer and highlighter.

After looking on YouTube, I noticed the lack of tutorials on how to cover hyperpigmentation. So, I decided to film one.
My Aunt has suffered with it really bad since she fell pregnant, and struggles to cover it up with high-street makeup products.
Granted camouflage makeup isn’t as cheap as drugstore concealers, but it’s well worth the purchase if you do suffer with pigmentation, especially on the face.
Using camouflage makeup will give you the confidence to go out in public without the fear of people staring at you.

This is a ‘before & after’ of my Aunt after filming the tutorial. It’ll be live on my channel next week - www.youtube.com/smiles2310

The key product I used here was Dermacolour foundation (used in the same way as a concealer)
This product will cover everything from pigmentation to tattoos.
It needn’t be heavy as you can also purchase Derma Fluid which sheers the product down - meaning it won’t compromise the pigment of the makeup but instead it’ll become thinner, feeling less heavy when applied on the skin.
Used alone, it does need a little warming up first; I do this by applying it to the back of my hand & then on the skin pigmentation.


some say my skin reminds them of the universe; the stars; the constellations. then i had a dream one night, and it named me Melanin Starchild. isn’t it funny how the one thing you find unattractive of yourself could very well be the enhancer of your beauty? Melanin Starchild.. who would’ve thought..


Hey Ines, I was the girl who messaged you a while back with the oily, acne-prone skin with hyper-pigmentation. I was using way too many Clarins products and products with loads of mineral oils etc…

I finally got the products you recommended and I was wondering if you would be able to help me get into a routine/figure out how and when I should be using everything… I feel kind of overwhelmed and clueless when it comes to skincare in general. I remember you saying I should skip cleansing in the morning but other than that I’m not too sure what I should be doing. Also do you think I should be using a toner and/or moisturizer?

I hope I’m not being a bother…
Thank you so much in advance ♡

Omg this is the ultimate regime. I’m so happy you got all this! Here’s your weekly routine from now on:

-Every night before bed, take a pump of Rodial Glamtox Cleansing balm and massage it all over your skin. Don’t dampen your skin beforehand - apply it onto dry skin. Leave it on for 5-15 minutes, maybe brush your teeth etc while it brightens and exfoliates. Next, wet your hands with lukewarm water, and massage your face as the cleanser emulsifies into a milk. After you’ve worked off all your makeup, rinse your face with cold water.

-In the morning, rinse your face with water (any temperature is fine as long as it’s not hot). I don’t really like to cleanse in the morning - I find the oils my skin has produced overnight prevent my skin from getting too oily throughout the day. After you’ve patted your face dry, mix a pump of the cucumber serum and three or so drops of the vitamin C booster in the palm of your hand. Press your hands together, then onto your face, gently massaging it all over but being sure to work it into the driest areas of your skin (and those affected by hyperpigmentation.) To avoid further sun damage, use a sunblock all over the face.

-Up to three times a week (once or twice is fine - it’s up to you and how sensitive your skin is), you can use the Sand Your Ground mask as directed on the box. It’s best to use it after using the Rodial cleanser, but you can use it on its own. After spreading it onto your face and waiting for it to set, wet your hands and - this is very important - with light, gentle circular motions, work the scrub into your skin for a minute or so. Don’t be too firm - let the scrub do the scrubbing, not your hands. After rinsing it off, you have the option of working a small pump of the hydrating serum into your skin.


Here is my tutorial on ‘How to cover-up hyperpigmentation’

If you suffer with dark skin pigmentation on your face or body then here is a quick tutorial showing you the best product to use to cover this up - giving you the confidence to go out without the thought of being judged.

medicine asked:

i'm sorry if this is out of no where, ha. i suffer from hyperpigmentation of my face, and i'm a dark skinned black woman. i've heard (and seen) that you are very knowledgable about skin care, so i was wondering if there were any products you would recommend? i'm on a regimen w my dermatologist that ive been doing for 3 months now with no results on my face. i just want to get more recs weigh the pros and cons and see if they'll do well for me. u_u

Treating hyperpigmentation is always a process of elimination, in terms of finding the causes (birth control, antidepressants, antibiotics or other meds? Hormones? Hair removal? Sun damage?) and the products that work.

Unless you’re doing something like a chemical peel or laser resurfacing, there should be no risks apart from spending your money on an ineffective product, and even then it’s important to make your purchases only at retailers that accept returns.

I’ll start by saying that you should never leave home without sunblock, and that sunblock needs, with no exception, to be reapplied every 2-4 hours to remain effective. (Check out Paula Begoun’s list of best sun screens, but avoid anything with benzophenone.)

When looking for products that will help to treat your uneven complexion, there are several ingredients which cause photosensitivity. Some must be avoided (“bad” alcohols, lavender oil, most fragrant oils, harsh exfoliating granules), while others are often good for skin but require added sun protection (retin-A, literally anything extracted from a citrus fruit).

As far as product recommendations, I always push Rodial Glamtox Cleansing Balm, Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster, and Salma Hayek’s Renewing and Brightening Facial Serum and Renewed Radiance Dark Spot Corrector.

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Cameroonian singer Dencia fiercely defends her ‘Whitenicious’ product in BBC interview.

Whether or not giving Dencia and her skin hyper-pigmentation and dark spot reducing product attention is a good thing or not, the media have been giving her the spotlight quite a bit lately.

After reports of her sold-out skin whitening cream surfaced on the internet earlier this year, EBONY were quick to chat to the artist to get her side of the story. Following that, rumours began to fly around stating Dencia could possibly be interviewed by Oprah’s The O Network for an in production documentary titled 'Light Girls’, following the success of the 'Dark Girls’ film.

Now here, in a recent interview with the BBC, Dencia visited the Focus on Africa studios to defend her product, address her transitioning skin tone and whether or not self-hate had anything to do with it. In it, she also alludes to the process of relaxing one’s hair as being similar to addressing what she refers to as hyper-pigmentation and others call skin bleaching.

I say, that which we call skin lightening by any other name would still be as terrible.

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