With the advent of globalization, we were able to see far too many representations of skin tones all around the world. This shed light on the possibilities of different skin tones to survive and thrive in the 21st century as opposed to their almost low to nil representation back in the 20th century. Due to the rise of media and journalism, one of the most densely populated and culturally rich countries’ – India seemed to accept and appreciate newer skin tones and their importance in the modern world.
Currently, there are many homegrown Indian brands as well as international brands are innovating products for a diverse set of skin tones. India has a very wide consumer base and Indian skin tones require the much due representation.
Why are Indian skin tones uneven?
As mentioned before, Indian skin tones range between two ends of the spectrum. The skin tone is defined by the amount of melanin, a natural pigment present in the body. Indian skin is thicker as compared to other countries, and they are more prone to get tanned rather than sun burnt.
Sometimes, overproduction of melanin in certain parts of your face or body can lead to hyperpigmentation.
Causes of Uneven skin tone –
Pollution – Dust due to air pollution has the capability of penetrating into the skin and causing brown spots on the face
Sun damage – To protect your skin from the harmful UV rays, the body produces more melanin, leading to uneven dark spots on the face
Skin allergies or hormones – Women on contraceptives or melisma tend to experience hyperpigmentation. It can also be caused due to extensive usage of different cosmetic products
Acne – Acne and acne scars also result in dark spots which make the skin look uneven.
Remedies for uneven skin tone-
Exfoliate – Exfoliate your face once to twice in a week to get rid of the existing dead and dull skin cells on the surface. This leads to better absorption of products beneficial for your skin.
Sunscreen – Protect and prevent your skin from sun damage by applying sunscreen with SPF of at least 30. This will reduce and prevent hyperpigmentation
Good skincare – Always look for good skincare ingredients in masks like clay or charcoal which removes the impurities off of your skin. Go for serums containing Vitamin C, Salicylic acid, Hyaluronic acid which will reduce acne, prevent hyperpigmentation and hydrate the skin
Consistency – Always remain consistent with your skincare routine to see a difference. It can take anywhere between 2-4 weeks to start showing results!
We hope this may have given you a bit better understanding about hyperpigmentation on Indian skin and how to take care of it.