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Fri, 13 July 2012 8:57AM
A big, happy spot-free Friday to you all, Primpers.
This week I’m touching on one of – if not THE – biggest skincare trends of the moment: Dark Spot Correction.
I know when I think of flawless skin, I dream of an even skintone that doesn’t have any pigmentation, dark spots, sun spots or age spots. But what are all these spots? Well, they’re melanin (the brown pigment in your skin) that’s been stimulated to ‘breed’, thanks to factors like UV rays, stress, ageing and hormones.
While an uneven skintone is one of the first signs of ageing, it’s one of those creepy buggers that can strike at any age. In your 20s, acne scarring and hormones can create uneven tone, while your 30s, 40s and 50s see pregnancy and menopause and periods of hormonal ups and downs. Throw years of sun damage coming to the surface into the mix and you have a recipe for dark spots at any age.
We’ve talked about pigmentation a lot on PRIMPED over the past few years, ECB did a fabulous post on it not long ago, and I touched on a few newbies a while back as well. But the products keep coming thick and fast. Here’s another batch of should-try spot correctors…
And here are the notes…
Dark Spot Solution #1: Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, $65
Great for: Spots and scarring. While this product is a winner at reducing the appearance of dark spots and giving your skin a good kick of glow, it’s also proven to reduce the appearance of acne scarring over time. Use it twice daily under your moisturiser and watch your skin come to life.
Dark Spot Solution #2: Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Lotion SPF 15, $90
Great for: Oily and very oily skin types. When you have oily skin, some of the products on offer simply don’t cater to your complexion. This one does! The super lightweight formula is specially tailored for your oily needs, plus the formula not only works to combat dark spots but control oil as well. Brilliant!
Dark Spot Solution #3: Garnier Dark Spot Corrector, $16.95
Great for: Anyone wanting a multi-tasking product that acts like a daily moisturiser, but treats dark spots at the same time. The addition of 5% pure Vitamin C also encourages gentle exfoliation so that your skin cells turn over and dark spots are faded. If you think this sounds like you, Garnier are offering an exclusive opportunity to trial the product before it goes on sale this August. Hooray! Head to their website to find out all about it, but if I were you, I enter this one quick smart.
Dark Spot Solution #4: Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener, $29.99
Great for: Skin that wants to look brighter and more even in skin tone. The antioxidant-packed formula helps target chronological and photoageing (the ageing caused by the sun and environment) and is best applied as a serum morning and night.
Dark Spot Solution #5: Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum, $100
Great for: All skin types and women (and guys) looking for an option that’s free from harsh chemicals, parabens, SLS/SLES and other known irritants. It’s also a serious contender for removing pigmentation, thanks to active ingredients like AHA, BHA and beauty’s wonder anti-ageing ingredient, niacinamide.
Tell me Primpers…
Is pigmentation a concern for you?
Do you want to give any of these a try?
Posted by: Yasemin Trollope