pigmentation skincare


If you have been following me on instagram you will know all about my skin pigmentation journey. Loveit Spa and Lamelle have kindly sponsored me for 5 months to help with my fight against pigmentation. I had already been taking the Ovelle D3 Supplements to help with anti ageing and pigmentation. As well as the Brighter Corrective Serum. The skin journey with Lamelle consists of the Luminesce range that focuses on pigmentation, 5 skin peels and the amazing Helase sunblock. I have also invested in the Vitamin C Corrective Serum as well as a few other bits.

So I am now in my third month I just had my third skin peel this week and so far I am really happy. Will my pigmentation go away completely probably not? However I have seen a big difference from when I started to now. The pigmentation has definitely gotten lighter and has started to break up as well. Living in SA and being in the sun, having kids and being on the pill are all factors for my skin. I was never great at wearing sunblock and now I am paying the price for it. Taking care of your skin and wearing sunblock are so key you cannot miss this step out at all.

The Lamelle Luminesce range as I mentioned focuses on hyperpigmentation. Its basically known as the “most advanced pigmentation program”. I am currently using the Brighter Day, the Evening Glow and the Brighter Cleanse. The day and the night creams have been reformulated to now inhibit multiple pathways of pigment formation and, for the first time ever in the skincare industry, to intervene in pigment formation in melasma at the DNA level.

Brighter Day (R840) : Firstly I love this moisturiser it melts into my skin and gives a gorgeous glow. The cream definitely brightens the skin as well as keeping it really hydrated. It delivers active ingredients to over-stimulated cells (melanocytes) to influence the overproduction of melanin. The patented bio-peptides improve the appearance of uneven skin tone, dark spots, and dullness in the skin. It contains six key brightening ingredients together with modern biotechnology that form a complete solution to hyperpigmentation.

Key Ingredients:

  • Brightening Peptides: Oligopeptide-34 as well as Pentapeptide-13
  • Licorice extract: is used as a tyrosinase inhibitor as well as an anti-inflammatory.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Its a potent water binder in the skin responsible for hydration.
  • Niacinamide uses vitamin B3 to inhibit melanin transfer as well as enhancing the functioning of the lipid bilayer.
  • Pea extract: acts as an antioxidant reducing free radical triggers of hyperpigmentation.
  • Horse Chestnut: Its also used as an anti-oxidant and anti-swelling property.

Evening Glow (R995): With this cream I have found I can’t use it every night as its such a powerful treatment. I apply this every other night and I love how my skin feels after application and how soft it feels in the morning. The moisturiser a powerful nighttime pigmentation treatment that assists in lightening pigmentation, whilst effectively hydrating skin as well as providing antioxidant protection. When it come to ingredients the day and night have some that are the same.

Key Ingredients: 

  • Brightening Peptides: Oligopeptide-34 as well as Pentapeptide-13
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Soybean and Shea butter to  increase hydration.
  • Pea Extract
  • Glycine Soya oil: This assists with lipid bi-layer maintenance and helps soothe the skin.
  • Niacinamide
  • Retinol: Which acts as an antioxidant and accelerates keratinocyte turn over to enhance the viable epidermis.
  • Glycolic and Lactic acids: These both help retexturize the skin and to also increase cellular turnover.

Brighter Cleanse (R240): With this one a little goes a long way you literally need a small amount. I love how the cleanser feels on my skin and how hydrated it feels after washing. The cleanser is a patented bio-peptide infused foaming cleanser which helps to reduce the formation of excess pigmentation. Its really soothing but also really helps improve the skin tone.

Key Ingredients:

  • Brightening Peptides: Oligopeptide-34 as well as Pentapeptide-13
  • Organic Extracts of Mallow with its anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Peppermint Extract assists in oil control.
  • Yarrow Extract: It acts as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and an astringent to enhance skin.
  • Lemon Balm extracts soothe and deeply cleanse the skin.

For sun protection the Lamelle Helase SPF 50 (R525) its a really goodie this one. I love how hydrating it is and also how it adds that extra glow to my complexion at the end of my skincare routine. The Helase is an innovative photo-protection sunscreen that has the ability to not only prevent sun damage but to also repair damaged DNA. It protects the skin from the harmful effects of the full solar radiation spectrum including Visible Light and Infrared radiation.

Key Ingredients:

  • Filters that protect against UVA and UVB radiation
  • AhR inhibitors protect against skin ageing by preventing inflammation.
  • Photolyase enzyme derivatives repair direct DNA damage that is caused by UVB.
  • OGG-1 Enzyme antagonist protects against indirect DNA damage caused by UVA.
  • TRPV1 receptor antagonists protect against Infrared Radiation, preventing excessive heat and inflammation in the skin which can lead to ageing due to enzyme activation. Also protects against Visible Light which includes High Energy Visible Light .which can cause pigmentation in darker skin types
  • Pycnogenol a potent antioxidant protects again free radicals produced by UVA and absorbs some UVB while suppressing inflammation.

In a previous post I chatted about the supplements and the Brighter Corrective. If you didn’t catch that post you can click here to read about them. The Lamelle Ovelle D3 supplements I take every day and have been for about 4 months now. The Brighter Corrective I started on a awhile back and now I apply both morning and night to really try kick the pigmentation in the butt.

As I love Vitamin C so much and its so key to a good routine I thought I would try out the Lamelle Vita-C Lipid Serum. After cleansing my skin I love to add a face mist and then apply this serum and massage in with my Gua Sha every morning. I absolutely love it. My skin feels and looks amazing. The serum is a high-potency Vitamin C Serum that brightens and hydrates. Plus it really adds that glow I love so much.

Key Ingredients:

  • A lipid-soluble Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C) at a 20% concentration, which has shown to help improve signs of skin ageing as well as brighten and enhance skin with a healthier glow
  • Squalane, Jojoba Oil, Bisabolol, and Ginger Root Extract assist in moisturizing the skin by keeping the lipid barrier replenished, whilst supporting skin suppleness, smoothness.

I am so grateful to Candice at Loveit Spa who made this all happen with Lamelle. We just did my third skin peel the Retistore which is not only anti ageing but helps with pigmentation. I will be chatting about the peels next week in detail but I am loving them. My skin health is great and as I mentioned before there is a difference from when I started. The pigmentation is definitely lighter and has broken up so I don’t feel so self conscious as I did when I started this skin journey.

Go check out my insta highlights on Lamelle to see a before and after. For those of you who are Cape Town especially Southern Suburbs you definitely need an appointment with Candice. Her passion for skin is amazing and wanting to really help with my skin I am truly grateful. Candice also sells all the Lamelle goodies but for the rest of you check out Dermastore for the whole Lamelle range.

I will be coming back to you all at the end of the 5 months so early December to see what the end results are. Am truly excited and am hoping to see great results.

Shahnaz x












Introducing the new beautiful Clarins Bright Plus Serum. Described as the “new generation of intensive brightening treatments” I was super excited to try.  For those that know me I struggle with pigmentation and dark spots. Living and working in a hot climate has done my skin no favours. So I am always on the look out for serums that will help brighten and reduce the dark spots. This latest innovation from Clarins is an advanced brightening dark spot targeting serum infused with a whole load of amazing active ingredients. Yes please.

So whats the Clarins Bright Plus Serum all about ?

Its known to be a “double shot of oxygen” to the skin due to its two oxygenating ingredients rose-myrtle and acerola seeds extracts. Both boost cellular respiration to revive a dull complexion, revealing brighter, radiant skin and a healthy glow from within.

The serum comes in a cream form, is super light and absorbs really quickly into the skin. Leaving it feeling really hydrated, glowing and revived. The Clarins Bright Plus Advanced Brightening Dark Spot-Targeting Serum helps fight against pollution, UV damage and spots. Infused with superfruit extracts Rose-myrtle and Acerola Cherry seed, best known for its high potency in vitamin C, visibly brightens, boosts radiance, and helps reveal a more even skin tone.

I love that it comes with a pipette making it easier to get the right amount without wasting. As I mentioned its super light with the feeling of putting on a moisturiser. My complexion feels so silky smooth after applying each morning. The Hyaluronic Acid really leaves skin feeling so hydrated leaving a natural glow that I really love.

I have been applying the Clarins Bright Plus Serum every morning for the past 6 weeks. I can’t say yet if its reduced my pigmentation as mine is pretty bad. What I can say is I have no new pigmentation and its not gotten darker even though I have been in the sun. My skin is feeling really healthy, hydrated and has that glow so by the time I apply my base my skin is looking great.

Available in selected Woolworths, Edgars and Foschini and online at clarins.co.za definitely a great investment.

Shahnaz x

Last year we saw the launch of the new Bioderma range that focuses on pigmentation for a day and night time skin routine. Earlier this year they introduced the Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate making the range even more exciting. The concentrate is a night time corrective brightening serum that targets discolouration and pigmentation.  I suffer from bad pigmentation so anything that can help me I am willing to try. I actually noticed that in the last 6 years living in South Africa my pigmentation has actually gotten worse. Vitamin C is the key to helping fight against pigmentation and its one ingredient I can’t live without.

For those of you who haven’t tried the Bioderma Pigmentbio range check check out my post here. The range has got an amazing Micellar Water for brightening and the Night Renew is amazing. Combine these two products with the Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate (R400) for your night skin routine and you will wake up with soft radiant skin in the morning.

So what’s the Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate all about?

The concentrate is an intensive dark spot treatment with powerful AHA, BHA and Fresh Vitamin C. Pigmentbio C-Concentrate offers a skin-peel effect to brighten and correct dark spots, while remaining gentle on skin. The serum actually has a unique Vitamin C dispenser contained in the lid. Only when you click the button does it release and then mixes in with ther rest of the ingredients. Dermastore have a video showing us how its done:

The concentrate is super light and absorbs quickly into the skin. My skin feels super soft the next day I literally can’t stop touching it.

Key Ingredients:

  • Glycolic Acid which helps to resurface skin texture and improve skin luminosity and dullness.
  • 2% Vitamin C that’s in the form of Ascorbyl Glucoside (which makes it a slow release agent) is an antioxidant and skin brightner.
  • Salicylic Acid (BHA) exfoliates, refines pores and helps to reduce the formation of acne.
  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) improves skin elasticity, pigmentation and enhances skin barrier function.
  • Azelaic Acid has mildly exfoliating and potent anti-inflammatory properties, promoting a clear and even complexion.
  • Licorice Root Extract is a skin brightner and helps stop the forming of new pigmentation.
  • Vitamin E and Kelp Extract are potent antioxidants that help the skin against free radicals and outside stressors, as well as reduce moisture loss to the skin.

Bioderma advise to use the one month treatment for up to 3 months. I definitely need to invest to carry on a full treatment as for me one month just isn’t enough. Apply 5 drops each night and use every three months for best results.

As I mentioned earlier  the sun has damaged my skin. When the lock down finishes I am booked in to have a two part intense pigment peel. Plus with the Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate I am hoping for amazing looking skin. What I can say so far is that my skin texture is amazing and I am really happy with my skin radiance. The fight against pigmentation has been hard for me. Although I haven’t got any new pigmentation either so thats’s good news. Its definitely a product worth checking out. Remember Vitamin C is key for your skincare routine.

Available in selected Clicks, Dischem and available on the amazing online skin store Dermastore.

Shahnaz x



Bioderma is one of those French affordable beauty brands I just love. Known for their cult Micellar Water they have now launched a new range focusing on brightening and pigmemtation. Two things that are super important for me. Introducing the Bioderma Pigmentbio range that also has a Brightening Micellar Water which I love love love love. I have been testing the products for the last couple of months in and around my other products. I always like to give skincare time rather than report back after a week. Whether its really helped my issue with pigmentation I am not sure but it has definitely added to hydration and brightening of my skin.

Due to the effects of sun, pollution, ageing, pregnancy, or breakouts the skin gets marks and dark spots. This is excactly what has happened to me over time so I am always on the look out for products that can help reduce or lighten them. Bioderma created this new range for sensitive skin to help combat hyperpigmentation. The products contain a LumirReveal Technology that acts on the steps of pigmentation: reduce dark spots, prevent new ones appearing and restore the skin’s brightness .