It’s not visible on my blog but remember last year when I went to the US twice?
The first time I went to Vegas, which is a desert and where the sun was INSANE.
Yea it was very hot and bright, but I didn’t give it much thought because c’mon what could be worse than the hot tropical sun we have here.
Obviously the answer is desert sun.
I applied my sunblock in the morning as usual, and as usual, didn’t supplement it during the day and just frolicked around shopping and touring the Strip. I was also horribly misled by the cool breeze and wrongly thought that the sun there wasn’t as bad as it is at home. How wrong I was.
I came home… to this.
LOOK AT THAT PATCH OF PIGMENTATION. T__________T
It used to be a freckle, but after Vegas, freckle morphed into a frightening dark spot. It looks like it’ll shape up to be Australia soon enough.
(please ignore the capillaries and redness they’re not the point here -_-)
Under the dark spot, I also have some acne scars T_____T Together with my mole, they might as well form the Bermuda triangle la.
I never used to have dark spots from acne! In fact I never had acne. But when I stopped my birth control pills, my hormones went crazy for a while and I started breaking out! So these are the bitter reminders of it. 🙁
And sadly, the older I am the longer my skin takes to regenerate and for scars to go away. T______T I’ve been living with these spots for months now haih.
I recently learned about skin hyperpigmentation when I attended a mini briefing by Clinique.
Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of skin caused by increased production of melanin. Hyperpigmentation happens due to a lot of factors. Like for me it was related to sun exposure and to zits healing, but for Redmummy (who was also there) it was caused by pregnancy sucks to be her.
Other causes can also be scarring from skin wounds or rashes, or even if you use a product which irritates your skin. Super suay one. Skin, Y U SO SENSITIVE!?
Clinique introduced us to to their Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector (next to it is Even Better foundation which is part of the same range).
The dark spot corrector isn’t new on the market (Redmummy said she already bought two bottles of it lol) but it’s a product worth trying!
Hyperpigmentation doesn’t just appear overnight; for stuff like sun spots especially, it takes years of sun exposure to build up and pile on the melanin. So in the same way, it will take a long time to lighten the spots too.
But Clinique’s studies have shown that there will be a 58% difference in skin tone in 12 weeks, although I do think this will differ from person to person.
Us at Clinique. The lady with us is from Clinique and she has super gorgeous skin and she’s already in her forties! Hope she doesn’t kill me for revealing her age.
So this is the product. Comes in a nice solid bottle with a pump for convenient usage.
Apply it after toner/lotion. Just a small pump will do! Unless you have tons of dark spots I guess haha.
For me, it’s only that one problem spot so I usually use about this much.
The texture is quite thick actually, not watery at all. It is a targeted spot corrector after all, wouldn’t do to have it run all over your face.
Then finish off with the Even Better foundation! Coverage is not bad ah!
Hopefully there will be a difference for me in 12 weeks! *fingers crossed
Clinique Even Better dark spot corrector is available at all Clinique counters now!