Dallas, TX


3219 North Fitzhugh Ave 

(469) 571-3740


Mon-Wed. 10am – 7pm | Thur-Fri. 10am – 6pm 

Austin, TX


815 W 47th St Unit 100



Mon-Wed. 10am – 7pm | Thur-Fri. 10am – 6pm 


the sun is enemy #1

every time you get a tan the DNA in your skin is being damaged, which is the #1 cause of hyperpigmentation (AKA brown spots), wrinkles & skin cancer. those “cute” freckles are actually a sign of injury to the skin that will only worsen with time. getting “a tan” is the result of your skin trying to protect itself by increasing the production of melanin (the dark pigment found in skin), that’s why people with darker skin tones take longer to burn than those with fair skin. however, no skin type is exempt from the damaging effects of the sun. even if burning is not an issue, everyone’s skin is susceptible to sun-induced wrinkles. remember, there are 2 types of rays: UVAging and UVBurning…

sun exposure accounts for 90% of all visible signs of aging. studies have shown that just a 2% increase in sun damage can age the face by 3 years (cringe). what’s worse, UV rays will counteract the beneficial ingredients in your skincare products such as antioxidants, peptides, etc, so you’re wasting your time and money if you aren’t shielding your face with SPF

a few statistics

1 in 5 americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime
1 in 3 cancers diagnosed in the United States is skin cancer
80% of skin cancer occurs on the head, neck and hands as they are exposed to the sun the most

now that we’ve scared you a little bit, let’s discuss prevention & how to treat…


SPF: look for a broad-spectrum “mineral formula” that contains zinc oxide. it’s the safest and most effective UVA/UVB filter and won’t clog your pores or cause an allergic reaction. mineral sunscreen is not absorbed by the skin, but designed to sit on the surface to reflect the sun’s rays



antioxidants: SPF and antioxidants are a power couple when it comes to fighting sun damage. when harmful rays hit your skin, SPF absorbs them while antioxidants neutralize the free radicals created by them before they cause damage *look for an antioxidant serum containing vitamins C & E*



how to treat

retinoids (retinol/retin-A): stimulate the production of fresh, new skin cells and encourage aging/damaged cells to speed up their renewal process, which helps fade discoloration and resurface the skin’s texture for a smooth, even-toned complexion. however, they’re not designed for the faint-of-heart, so make sure you’re educated on how to use them before jumping the gun. you can see a great explanation of what retinol is here as well as a vid on how to apply: here



AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids): are chemical exfoliants that work to remove the rough, surface layer of dead skin cells by speeding up the skin’s natural exfoliation process. if you aren’t doing anything to slough them off, they start to accumulate, resulting in a dull, lifeless complexion. the most common AHA’s include glycolic and lactic acid *apply 2-3x/wk post-cleansing*



hydroquinone: is the only lightening treatment officially approved by the FDA. it whitens skin cells and prevents melanin/pigment from forming. please note: a product with a 2% solution may take 2 to 3 months to fade a dark spot. however, refrain from using a prescription strength as it can be too aggressive and make the problem worse



vitamin C: hyperpigmentation is a struggle for us both due to sun damage and something we work hard at reversing. vitamin C, also known as the “brightening antioxidant,” not only protects your skin from free radical damage but also inhibits tyrosinase (an enzyme that stimulates melanin production)



when it comes to medical treatments, here’s what we recommend to clients…

photofacial: this treatment is the holy grail when it comes to reversing sun damage/hyperpigmentation. it works to create an even complexion by targeting brown spots (including freckles), redness and acne.  we’ve both had our face and décolleté treated and can’t believe how much pigment we were able to bring to the surface. our hyperpigmentation is now substantially lighter and in some places completely gone *keep in mind, a photofacial isn’t a one-hit-wonder. it takes a series of treatments and a committed lifestyle to keep up with your results* see everything you need to know about a photofacial: here


2 Responses

  1. I live in NYC and suffer from Malasma. I have had laser treatments mostly fraxel as well as the clear and brilliant laser done about 3 years ago which did lightened the Malasma. Since then it has come back but not as aggressive. I have been researching what my next step is as I am now in my 30s and need to re-address a treatment for Malasma, hyperpignmentation and dry skin. Not sure where to go from here…wish you were in NYC! Any advise would be greatly appreciated…lasers, skin care products, etc!

    1. we are so sorry to hear you are dealing with melasma ! we see it often, and we know how difficult it can be to treat.
      as far as treatments, we are big fans of microneedling… since no heat is involved it has less risk than lasers of making the melasma worse.
      skincare remedies: main ones are hydroquinone at a lower percentage (2%), retinoids (bc they inhibit melanosome transfer), vitamin C, and lactic acid.
      if it gets out of hand you may want to consider seeing an endocrinologist to get your hormones in order.
      keep us posted!
      britt and rylie

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