Wednesday, 13 August 2014
Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector: Review
I’m always a little nervous about reviewing this kind of product - a. because hyperpigmentation can be quite an emotive skin condition; b. it’s expensive and c. I expect people to be cynical (rightly so) - but I have seen some positive results with Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector.
Hyperpigmentation - or dark spots - is a common effect of ageing, largely due to overproduction of melanin. Over the past few years, I’ve noticed that what looks like a few ‘cute’ new freckles in the Summer looks a lot less cute when my skin turns pale again and the contrast is a lot more noticeable. I have a few dotted on my hands and arms and a big one (about 1cm long) just above my left cheekbone. For two months I religiously treated the left hand side of my face, left hand and arm twice daily with Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector. While the marks haven’t disappeared completely, they are definitely paler in colour than before. I’m sure no-one else would notice, but I do - and that’s what matters, right?
The product is a lightweight lotion that sinks in quickly and feels very comfortable on my skin. I won’t bore you with the science of how it all works, but it contains acids and exfoliants that help correct hyperpigmentation and improve skin brightness. (You can read The Science Bit here if you wish). It absolutely must be used in conjunction with an SPF to avoid undoing all the good work through sun exposure, which is partly why I’ve been so careful about SPF in recent months (it’s got me into good habits!).
I’ve been told (not by Skinceuticals) that just 20 minutes sun exposure without protection can be enough to reverse the results of hyperpigmentation treatments and must admit I have noticed a slight darkening again on one or two spots over the Summer. I assume has happened on the odd day when I’ve been caught out by unexpected sun or less than careful, which is 100% my fault and very frustrating. I’ve started the treatment again now to address this, which should be less of a problem in the cooler months ahead, though of course SPF is important all year around.
If like me, you only have small patches of pigmentation, this tube should last a long time - and in my personal experience, is a worthwhile investment - so long as you use it consistently and coupled with a high SPF.
The best price I’ve found online for Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector is £60.95 (free delivery) here.