No matter what you do it’s not always easy to get rid of those dark spots or dull patches, and overall meh-ness …yes we’ve all experienced it. When you’re not getting results then you should contact experts a.k.a dermatologists. For your convenience, we have contacted Dr. Jaishree Sharad, Medical Director of Skinfiniti Aesthetic Laser Clinic, to provide us with the inside scoop about how to achieve your #GlowGoals and minimize dark spots. Since let’s face it that the more support we get more we can benefit.


Villain #1: Stress! Stress! Stress!

Your skin and you must be relaxed! Stress from a hectic lifestyle increases the cortisol, the stress hormone which alters the flow of blood to the skin and also affects the process of skin repair. Additionally, when you’re stressed out, your skin produces more oil, and acne-related pimples appear when your oil glands are triggered. It’s no surprise that stress is the primary reason behind dull skin. In the end, managing stress is crucial.

Villain #2: Lack Of Moisture

If you’re dehydrated then your skin will be too. The loss of blood flow and volume to the skin. This may cause you to look dull and pale. In the end, if you’re looking to glow get hydrated! Eight glasses of water every day is the perfect way to turn your dehydration rut around.

Villain #3: Environmental Elements

Air pollution as well as UV rays and humidity can cause problems on the skin if it is not protected. The exposure to UV light can make the skin more prone to change in the pigment of your skin and result in an uneven complexion. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the house or the day is cloudy. It’s essential to apply sunscreen every single day. So, go ahead, apply the SPF.

Villain #4: Unhealthy Lifestyle

Be smart about your eating habits! A diet that is loaded of sugars, junk food and milk products can negatively affect your skin. We’re talking dull skin and acne. They degrade collagen and elastin in time, leaving you with dull, drab skin. If you’re an avid smoker, you should be aware! The harmful chemicals found in cigarettes can make your skin more susceptible to UV damage and could cause damage to the skin’s structural structure, i.e. collagen, elastin and so on. The result? Fine lines and wrinkles.

Villain #5: Not Enough Beauty Sleep

If you don’t get enough sleep, your skin will suffer. What’s the question? Well…when you’re in a dream, your skin enters “renew and repair” mode and repairs the damage that was caused in the daytime. Also, the absence of Zzzz can cause the retention of fluid in specific places of the skin, which could cause puffy eyes as well as dry skin. It’s clear the reason why beauty sleep is called a sleep, as sleep deprivation could cause dull skin!

Villain #6: Out Of Control Hormones

The hormones we are exposed to affect everything, including our moods, food cravings and even our skin. Changes in hormone levels during puberty menopausal, PCOS, pregnancy can create major changes in the texture of your skin and its the structural integrity of skin, which could cause dark spots and breakouts. If you’re following the correct procedures but still not getting your goals for skin, see an expert dermatologist who can prescribe blood tests to find the source of the issue.


Glow Giver #1: Vitamin C

If you’ve ever thought of Vitamin C is the answer, then you’re totally right! Vitamin C protects your skin from damage caused by free radicals, and reduces the damage you can’t detect. This antioxidant strengthens your skin’s barrier, accelerates collagen production, and fights wrinkles and fine lines. Apart from reducing dark spots, it also assists in improving your appearance. Yes it can do that too.


Glow Giver #2: Azelaic Acid

Dr. Sharad counts on this unnoticed beauty guru, Azelaic Acid improves the skin’s tone while increasing the uniformity of your skin’s texture. It is found in grains such as barley and rye. This exfoliating acid may help reduce some marks left by acne and improve the appearance of acne-related blemishes. Be aware This isn’t the best option for sensitive and dry skin kinds.


Glow Giver #3: Arbutin

Similar to Kojic Acid, the Arbutin is able to combat dark spots acne scars, dark spots and patches of skin. Being able to get into the epidermal layers and block melanin formation makes it a ideal spot-fading treatment. Furthermore, it’s gentler than other brighteners for skin and is well-accepted by all types of skin. It’s also mild enough to be used alongside Vitamin C or other AHAs. We’re talking about Glycolic Acid as well as Lactic Acid.


Glow Giver #4: Liquorice

The natural skin brightener is made up of active ingredients that inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme responsible for the formation of the pigmentation. It also does a fantastic job of fighting the effects of sun damage, and Melasma. Additionally it’s great to soothe inflammation and redness which makes it an excellent solution for skin that is sensitive.


Glow Giver #5: Niacinamide

If you’re experiencing dark spots or uneven skin tone, as well as hyperpigmentation, you should definitely give the Niacinamide, a brightening ingredient for the skin, a go. It will stop your melasma’s from going off the track due to its ability to regulate the production of pigment and keeps your skin looking healthy as well as even-toned.


Dr Jaishree Sharad is a member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. She is on the Board of Directors, International Society of Aesthetic and Dermatologic Surgery, and is Medical Director, Skinfiniti Aesthetic & Laser Clinic, Mumbai. She is Editor-in-Chief, Aesthetic Dermatology, Current Perspectives (Jaypee Mdical Publishers) and the author of two books: Skin Talks and Skin Rules.