People always talk about improving or brightening your complexion, but what does that actually mean? What is a complexion? Well, from Wikipedia:
Complexion in humans is the natural color, texture, and appearance of the skin, especially on the face.
The word “complexion” is derived from the Late Latin complexi, which initially referred in general terms to a combination of things, and later in physiological terms, to the balance of humors.
So brightening a complexion is not whitening. We’re not talking about changing your skin tone – any shade of skin can be bright. A bright complexion simply means skin is smooth and radiant without blemishes, dullness, or pigmentation problems. Sounds like a dream, no?
Here are the most common skin problems that get in the way of a good complexion and what you can do about it.
1. Erase dark spots
Dark spots, sometimes called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, refers to the darkened marks caused by extra melanin production once a pimple or wound has healed.
Fading such marks won’t be quick, but it’s possible. Look for products that contain active ingredients like niacinamide, arbutin, and Vitamin C as they help suppress melanin production to lighten dark marks. Remember to always wear a sunscreen high in SPF to protect you from UVA/UVB rays that can damage your skin cells and darken scars by increasing melanin production.
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2. Dull no more
Don’t let dull skin make your life dreary anymore. Dullness can be caused by an accumulation of dead skin cells on your face. If your skin’s looking a little lifeless, bring that youthful glow back by lightly exfoliating with a gentle scrub. And always, always moisturise!
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3. Rough skin
Having trouble with pores that mess up your skin texture? Larger pores are more prone to oiliness, which can then over-emphasise the appearance of pores and cause a rough appearance. Besides smoothing out your skin with makeup primer, try this method of keeping your pores clean.
Don’t forget to moisturise either! Trust us. Oily skin needs moisture to prevent it from producing even more oil.
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This lightweight cream is infused with sebum-reducing ingredients that target the oilier areas of skin to visibly reduce pore appearance while brightening up your complexion.
Adapted from the print edition.