Our guide to what causes it, how to avoid it, and if you need to, how to treat it.
The trinity explained
COLOUR #1: RED
The redness in our skin comes from haemoglobin, a red pigment running through our blood vessels. Haemoglobin is made up of red and white blood cells. The red carry oxygen and carbon dioxide, while the white defend us from bacteria and viruses.
COLOUR #2: WHITE
The milky white colour comes from collagen. Collagen fibres reflect light, and when we’re young and have an abundance of healthy collagen so our skin glows naturally. This is the glow that makeup illuminators try to recreate.
COLOUR #3: BROWN
Almost everyone has some degree of brown (melanin) in their skin. The amount is dictated by the number of pigment cells you have.
Fair people have few, while dark people have many. The number of pigment cells isn’t important, what is important is that they are regularly dispersed so that the entire area of skin has an even colour, rather than patches of light and dark.
So how can you get glowing skin?
TIP 1: UP YOUR ANTIOXIDANTS
Our skin is often an accurate reflection of what’s going on inside.
A healthy diet, full of antioxidant-rich foods will go a long way towards improving your skin’s complexion.
Antioxidants are anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting and protect against the sun (both UVA and UVB). They also aid in fighting skin infection and help regulate our immune responses. Antioxidants help improve blood flow (colour #1) and may increase collagen production (colour #2), thereby also improving skin texture.
Not only are antioxidants very important in maximising collagen production, but they also act as protection once it is produced.
We recommend ingesting as many coloured and varied fruits and vegetables as possible. Sip some tea too — preferably green or white.
By supplementing your antioxidant intake with an antioxidant serum in the morning, you are helping your skin cope with the environmental insults thrown at it during the day.
TIP 2: AVOID THE SUN
The sun has the ability to cause unevenness in all three colours, destroying any chance of achieving bright skin. It can cause broken blood vessels, patches of brown pigmentation and damage collagen. If the collagen layer is old, damaged or scarred, it will not bounce light back evenly and the skin won’t have that milky glow.
Always use a high SPF broad-spectrum sunscreen. Sunscreen is the single most important step in your Script Skincare routine.
TIP 3: CHOOSE YOUR SKINCARE WISELY
We asked Script Skincare’s product curator what she would recommend to boost skin brightness?
For those that are new to the cosmeceutical world, there are some key ‘brightening’ ingredients to look out for. These include:
- Vitamin B (niacinamide)
- Tyrosinase inhibitors
- Vitamin A (sunscreen is a must)
Script Skincare has an effective list of treatments to help you achieve glowing skin. A personalised treatment plan is necessary to work out your best options. Click here to book your free consultation.
We all know that antioxidants in our topical skincare are some of the most potent actives going around. But as founder of Script Skincare, Associate Professor Greg Goodman explains, there is a lot of merit in eating your antioxidants too.