The magic of kojic acid, and what it can do for your skin.

Sunspots are one of the most common signs of aging, but there are plenty of ways to combat them with the right ingredients. Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of the skin due to an overaccumulation or uneven distribution of melanin, resulting in spotting on the skin. This can be caused by sun exposure, hormones, medication, skin trauma and even acne. To address dark spots, use products that inhibit melanin formation and exfoliate to brighten and target existing pigmented areas. One ingredient we love for brightening is Kojic Acid.

What is Kojic Acid and how does it work?

Kojic Acid is a safe and effective skin brightener that absorbs into the skin and stops melanin production by inhibiting tyrosinase, an enzyme that plays a key role in the production of melanin. This makes it ideal for targeting melasma, acne scars and other dark spots.

Where does Kojic Acid come from?

Kojic Acid found in skincare products are most commonly derived from fungi during fermentation. It is also found in soy, rice and other grains.

Where can I find Kojic Acid?

Kojic Acid can be found in Brightening Polish and Lightening Serum. Both of these products can be added to a skincare regimen for those who are concerned with hyperpigmentation or have skin in need of brightening.

Use Brightening Polish up to five times per week. Massage a small amount onto damp skin after cleansing, then rinse and follow with your serum.  Brightening polish is a client favorite!  It’s gentle enough for all skin types, but gives the skin an overall brightening in just one application.

Lightening Serum is a powerful lightener with Kojic Acid, Azelaic Acid, 2% Salicylic Acid, 2% Hydroquinone and 5% Lactic Acid. Use Lightening Serum daily before your moisturizer for up to six months. After six months, wait one to two months before resuming use in your daily regimen. Lightening serum should be applied to clean, toned skin.  It can be applied twice daily or as tolerated.  Be sure to wear an SPF of at least 30 daily, especially while treating hyperpigmentation.

Our estheticians, Tasha and Desiree, are always here to answer any questions you have regarding your skin care regimen.  Feel free to contact one of them at (401) 521-5050

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