Pigmentation: What you should know   | People Magazine

Pigmentation: What you should know  

AGE spots, sun spots, dark spots – pigmentation surfaces in all shapes and sizes for a variety of different reasons. But what causes discolouration of the skin, and more importantly, what can be done to effectively treat and prevent it? Here’s what you need to know about pigmentation.

Pigmentation means colouring. The colour of your skin is determined by its melanin. Special skin cells produce melanin, and when these cells are damaged, it affects melanin production. How does one damage these skin cells? Cell deterioration can occur naturally – hormones, genes and pregnancy contribute to pigmentation. However, excessive exposure to the sun is a big culprit when it comes to skin damage. Sunlight is made up of two types of harmful rays: long wave ultraviolet A (UVA) and short wave ultraviolet B (UVB). UVA rays penetrate deep into the dermis, the skin’s thickest layer. UV rays stimulate melanocytes to produce melanin. This leads to the darkening of the skin for a highly-sought out tan, but also harms the skin and can lead to marks, spots and scars.

What can be done?
The simple answer is: avoid the sun. However, that may be easier said than done. If you will be spending extended time outside, sufficient sun protection is essential.


Cellular Sun Protection SPF50+: R1 060, QMS

With broad spectrum protection, a balanced UVA/UVB defence and an innovative DNA-repair complex against premature skin ageing, QMS’ Cellular Sun Protection is a lightweight formulation that provides defense against sunburn and premature light-induced skin aging.


SkinTone Light Serum: R1 640, QMS

For an even skin tone, QMS’ SkinTone Light Serum is a must. Improving elasticity and reducing fine lines, this innovative serum is based on a multi-functional active ingredient complex, which provides targeted action against dark spots. It also helps prevent the further development of pigmentation.

Further Assistance

Intravital Plus: R710, QMS

Regeneration from a supplement – Intravital Plus ensures an improved overall skin quality and a general feeling of well-being, by offering an orthomolecular therapy for skin, hair and nails. The high proportion of Hydrolysed Collagen, vital vitamins and precious micronutrients helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation and premature skin aging.



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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