It has been an extremely exciting week for us here at POLY as we launched our new line of POLY Go products – three incredible handheld LED devices that you can carry with you for powerful light therapy any time, anywhere.
So we are absolutely thrilled and honored to have our friends at Vogue feature POLY Go on their “Best High Tech Beauty Devices” list! It is humbling to see our POLY Go mentioned among so many other wonderful aesthetic technologies.
Read more about it here at this link!
Hyperpigmentation. Chances are that you’ve heard this term before. How do you know if you have it or not? Hyperpigmentation is darkening and discoloration of the skin. Red, brown, pink or even purple-looking spots, clusters or streaks on the surface of the skin are examples of hyperpigmentation. Acne, sun exposure, eczema, psoriasis, and contact dermatitis can all cause hyperpigmentation.
If you have it, what should you do about it? We’ve got you covered.
1. Red Light Therapy
Red light is a narrow, isolated form of natural light to give the appropriate intensity and wavelength for light therapy. The intensity of red light used in therapy is much higher than you would naturally get from sunlight. And, it’s not damaging like sunlight can be! Sunlight has a wide range of colors, not just red light, that can be damaging to skin after long exposure.
Red light acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, which is part of what causes hyperpigmentation. In addition, red light has a long enough wavelength to penetrate the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) and reach the dermis (the middle layer of the skin). This enables it to reach fibroblasts, special types of cells that sit beneath the skin and manufacture collagen – a protein that helps tighten and firm the skin and heal wounds.
Check out our red light devices like POLY Go, which is a handheld device. Also, check with your insurance company because some policies will cover the cost of a red light device.
Serums are concentrated versions of essences designed to treat one problem, like hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C serums have been proven to be effective in reversing hyperpigmentation. Vitamin C gently exfoliates dead, dry skin, calms inflammation and speeds up healing. The removal of old skin and the growth of new skin fade discolorations. Vitamin C also stimulates the skin to make collagen so your face looks firmer with fewer wrinkles and defends against UV rays by thickening the epidermis, the top layer of skin.
If you’re new to serums or have sensitive skin, you may want to start out with a gentler version of a Vitamin C serum: Alpha Arbutin. You can also start using Vitamin C serums mixed in with your moisturizer or go with a lower concentration of Vitamin C serum: 30% is high.
Examples of Vitamin C Serums
Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA from The Ordinary
Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum from Klairs
Triple C Lighting Liquid from COSRX
Exfoliation is used to remove dead or hardened skin cells that can clog pores and lead to acne and dull skin. However, Exfoliants can also remove darkened skin cells in the outer layers of skin, thus lightening hyperpigmentation. Exfoliate two times a week so you’re not scrubbing your skin too hard and causing damage.
Some dermatologists recommend using treatments containing glycolic acid, an AHA that exfoliates the skin and lightens dark patches of skin.
Examples of exfoliants:
African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Wash and Scrub by SheaMoisture
Brightening Peeling Gel by My Skin Mentor Dr. G
4.) Sun Protection
As mentioned earlier, too much sun exposure can damage skin which causes inflammation and leads to hyperpigmentation. Using sunscreen every day is vital to help to prevent hyperpigmentation and to prevent it from getting worse. Also, if you’re going to be outdoors for 30 minutes or longer, use a large-brimmed hat like a baseball cap or beach hat to keep the sun off of your face.
5.) Try the New Jade Rolling Trend or Buy Yourself a Cooling Face Mask
Jade rolling is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: You roll a device made out of jade on your face. It helps drain lymphatic tissue, reducing puffiness. Sticking your jade roller in the fridge before you use it has additional benefits because it reduces inflammation, a factor in hyperpigmentation.
It can look kind of scary, but a cooling face mask that you pop in the fridge or freezer can also have a similar effect. The cool mask helps reduce inflammation.
6.) Change Your Diet
Eliminating sugars and other elements of your diet typically causing inflammation can really help improve hyperpigmentation and help prevent it in the future. And, eating foods that promote skin health can also make a big difference: Some of the best foods for supporting skin health and reducing visible signs of aging include:
· Berries — Good source of antioxidants including vitamin C and E that protect skin.
· Leafy green veggies — Great source of vitamin C and phytonutrients that decrease free radical damage.
· Wild-caught salmon and other types of omega-3 rich fish — Contains astaxanthin carotenoids, which help to reduce oxidative damage and inflammation, while also supporting skin elasticity and moisture.
· Pomegranates, strawberries, blueberries and cherries — Contain antioxidants, vitamins, phytonutrients and ellagic acid, which help with wound healing and preventing free radical damage or discoloration.
· Tomatoes — A great source of lycopene, which have natural protective effects against sunburns and reduce free radical damage
· Egg yolks — Can help form biotin, which supports skin’s cellular structure.
· Green tea — Contains polyphenols, which have free radical-scavenging abilities. Green tea can also be applied topically to the skin to reduce inflammation.
· Healthy fats including coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, almonds, flax seeds, walnuts and other nuts/seeds — Help to keep skin hydrated, prevent dryness and reduce inflammation.
7.) Adopt a Good Skincare Regimen and Stick To It
Whether it’s a 10 step Korean Skincare Program or something simpler, having a skincare regimen that works for you is really important in preventing acne, which can cause hyperpigmentation.
Since our beginning as UVBioTek, selling narrowband UV-B devices for psoriasis, eczema, and vitiligo, we have maintained a deep passion for providing people with safe, natural, reliable options for taking control of their health and appearance.
In 2016 we began our “Science of Light” project which was designed to leverage the inherent healing properties in light and find new and exciting ways to deliver new treatment options to the aesthetic and wellness marketplaces. This project has evolved to become the POLY project, which is now culminating in 2017 with the launch of our POLY system – and eventually our entire POLY product line. We are continuing our efforts to develop new systems to treat and manage a wide variety of conditions and hope you’ll be there with us on this exciting journey.
So what is POLY? POLY, short for polychromatic led therapy system, is our newest innovation in light therapy. POLY utilizes multiple wavelengths through interchangeable heads to deliver a variety of aesthetic and wellness treatment modalities. What makes POLY special is the one-of-a-kind 5-Panel FLEX design head. This design allows for the most efficacious treatment by having the ability to contour closely to the face or any part of the body. POLY is a sleek 60 pound system that can easily be wheeled from one area of the office to another and features an intuitive LCD touchscreen display.
POLY is more than its features, though. POLY is a reminder of what it means to be in the aesthetic industry today; the ability to adapt, the drive to evolve. Our system not only helps evolve your skincare lineup, but it helps you, as a provider of services, adapt to any situation to ensure every client has the options she or he needs. POLY integrates seamlessly with a wide variety of existing services, which means you can offer POLY to add value to your most popular treatments, or sell POLY treatments on their own. POLY helps you adapt and serves you and your clients in many different ways.
This is why we called our system POLY: it means many, and the spirit of ‘many’ is what drives our team to offer you the best in light therapy. We wanted to create something that was built for many skin types, designed to serve many functions, and work in many places. At the end of the day, POLY is for everyone – including you.