I have melasma. What can I do about it?

1. Melasma and hyper-pigmentation: the how and why

Brown spots and melasma can appear on the backs of your hands or face whatever your age. Too much sun can often be the reason for this localised hyper pigmentation (due to excessive melanin), but other factors can be the culprits, too. A burn, inflammatory reaction or hormonal imbalances during pregnancy or the menopause can all cause this.

2. How can I reduce the appearance of brown spots?

It is definitely possible to reduce the appearance of brown spots. If they aren't related to your age, reach for the Total Eye Lift. Enriched with Horse Chestnut and Harungana extracts, this serum corrects shadowy areas, uneven complexions and redness. Its little added extra? You can also use it on your hands to restore the skin's natural tone. For brown spots that are linked to your age, go for products designed specifically for mature skin. If you're in your forties, try the Extra-Firming range. If you're over 50, the Multi-Intensive range is ideal.

3. Watch out for UV rays

The sun stimulates melanin production, making it an absolute no-no if you have dark spots. Avoid exposure to UV rays while pregnant too, as you run the risk of developing melasma, also known as 'the pregnancy mask', a dark discolouration over the upper half of the face. Don't forget to wear sunscreen, even if you're not on holiday.

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