It’s finally 2021! Can you taste the brighter days ahead? What about your skin? Are you ready to shed 2020 and have brighter and smoother looking skin for the new year? 

Brighter days, and better-looking skin, start at home. You know the saying; you can’t be happy with anyone or anything unless you are happy with yourself first. What do you see when you look in the mirror? Is your skin glowing back at you? Probably not. Maybe you have a few sunspots or age spots peaking? Dryness, lines, wrinkles? Overall, like so many of us, 2020 has left its mark on your skin.

You are not alone. Remember 2020? Of course, you do. It was a very stressful year. Stress affects your whole body, including your skin. Stress causes a chemical response in your body that makes skin more sensitive and reactive.

What about those dark spots? Did your mask wearing lead to a bout of maskne, and now you see dark spots where your pimples were? What caused the sudden onset of sun spots and age spots on your face? Did you spend a lot more time outdoors last year?

Age spots are caused by overactive pigment cells. Ultraviolet (UV) light speeds up the production of melanin, a natural pigment that gives skin its color. On skin that has had years of sun exposure, age spots appear when melanin becomes clumped or is produced in high concentrations.

Perhaps you have had the common skin problem known as melasma all along. While it is commonly associated with pregnancy, it can affect you at any time, and is not restricted to women only.

You're more likely to get melasma if you have a darker skin type, probably because your skin naturally has more active pigment-producing cells, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Melasma appears when these cells become hyperactive and produce too much pigment in certain areas of the skin. The mechanism is similar to what causes brown age spots and freckles, but melasma patches tend to be larger.

I know you have questions. When will the dark spots go away? Will the sun spots fade away on their own?

The good news is, now is a great time to start fresh. Get back into healthy skincare routines and free yourself from the bad habits you developed last year.

After months of neglect, let’s review the daily basics.

  • Cleanse - Clean skin is the foundation for happy skin.
  • Moisturize - All that stress has likely sucked the life and moisture out of your skin.
  • Protect - A gentle reminder that sunscreen is a year-round necessity.

And some tips to help with alleviating stress.

  1. Exercise - Not only is exercise good for stress, but it is also good for the body and skin!
  2. Meditate - Research some techniques to focus on breathing and meditation.
  3. Sleep - You know how cranky you are when you don’t get enough sleep.
  4. Seek help - It’s okay to not feel okay. It’s okay to ask for help.

Ok, now we have committed to basic skincare and will work on less stress. Things are looking brighter already. Let’s address how to literally have brighter looking skin. And as a bonus, you can brighten your skin safely at home.

Hello Dark Spot Fade Gel. Plexaderm Dark Spot Fade Gel is the ultimate skin brightening treatment for hyperpigmentation, skin discoloration, and age spots. With the proven benefits of Hydroquinone combined with a powerful blend of emollients, exfoliating and brightening ingredients, you are on your way to revealing a visibly softer, smoother, more balanced complexion.

Key Benefits

Contains 2% Hydroquinone – Proven ingredient to brighten skin, MAXIMUM over-the-counter strength

Helps fade dark spots, hyperpigmentation, sunspots and melasma

Evens out skin tone and helps reveal more balanced, radiant-looking skin

Helps promote a brighter-looking complexion

Gently exfoliates dead skin cells while smoothing and softening the skin

Paraben Free

Does not contain chemical colorants

Easy to Use

Cleanse face and neck and pat dry. Apply Fade Gel at night to any age spots, freckles, melasma or hyperpigmentation. Decrease application frequency if dry skin or redness develops. Children under 12 years of age should not use unless directed by a dermatologist. Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and always use sunscreen. Does not contain parabens or chemical colorants.

Now you have everything you need to get started on a better you and a better year. Don’t let yourself down.