I’m lucky, I have relatively clear skin, hardly break out even though I have oily skin, but I did go through a time when I was about 14 of having breakouts around my cheeks. At the time it didn’t really bother me until I saw a photo of me smiling away and noticed how much scaring was left behind. Not really knowing what to do, I have hoped after time the scars would fade, and they have done. I don’t really spend time in the sun. Luckily, I was given advice from a friend that the sun would clear it up! Can you imagine, it would of been a lot worse.
Over time I have tried lots of different treatments for my skin, and my sister lives in Japan, so I have been fortunate also to have access to Asian cosmetics, who really have many good quality options when it comes to even skin.
Having spent the last 3 years either pregnant or breastfeeding, I took a step back from those products as your skin can become sensitive when pregnant and any pigmentation can darken because of hormones, I wanted to wait and see what the situation was like afterwards.
Last month I popped into the Kiehl’s store in Richmond, and was served by a really knowledgable consultant called Holly and I explained that I had some pigmentation issues across my cheeks that I wanted to deal with. and below are the products she recommend to me, along with this little makeup bag and lots of samples.
Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution £36 for 30ml Active ingredients Active- C a potent next generation active derived from Vitamin C, Peony – a natural antioxidant, from Chinese medicine works in synergy with the Active C, and White Birch.
This is a clear watery gel solution, with a really pleasant floral scent. I use 3 drops across my face after toning. You can use it as an on the spot treatment, but I was advised that it would also help prevent any further breakouts by increasing the skins regeneration. It does feel slightly tacky on the skin, but that feeling doesn’t last too long. I then, depending on if it is morning or evening, I use an oil or a moisturiser on top.
I have been using it for a month now and have seen a difference in my hyperpigmentation, my skin is looking more even and I don’t need to use as much base makeup as I usually would, which is a massive plus in the summer months.
I think it will take at least 2 – 3 bottles to really see the full effect of this product, as this type of scaring is really deep into the skins layers, but I have high hopes from the first months results.
Ultra light Daily Defence SPF50 £31 for 60ml. To go with the corrector I wanted a light sunscreen to protect from further pigmentation issues. I struggle with finding a sun protector that doesn’t leave a blue grey ting to my skin and this one is a light high SPF that is perfect for all skin colours. The consultant explained to me that you only need to use a very small amount as the technology used by this cream means that the protective particles are very fine therefore only a small about is needed to protect the whole face. This cream protects UVA and UVB is broad spectrum coverage and water resistant. It sits perfectly under makeup without interfering with the colour of my foundation.
Along with my purchases I got a few samples, I’m yet to try them, but I’m very excited to try the midnight recovery range as I’ve heard great things about it. I think that may be on my radar to buy next time.
I will update you in a further 6 weeks to let you know how my skin is looking, hopefully it will continue to improve.