Just because you’re called The Sunscreen Company, it doesn’t mean that you only have to stick to making sunscreen. You can also make products that fight all the nasty side effects of sun exposure, like dark spots, for example.
Talking about dark spots, how annoying are they? It seems like, whatever you do, they won’t budge. And, if they do decide to leave, they always do it way too slowly for your own liking.
Your best bet? Attack them on multiple fronts. If one treatment doesn’t do the trick, bombard them with two. This is the approach Cyberderm recommends, too. They make two weapons against dark spots. Here’s all you need to know about them:
Exfoliant Reveal 8% Glycolic Acid Treatment
The fastest way to get brighter skin? Exfoliation, baby.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I’m having a fling with glycolic acid at the moment. It wooed me because:
- It brightens and smoothens skin: it dissolves the glue that holds dead skin cells together, so they can slough off
- It hydrates skin: like a magnet, it attracts moisture from the environment into the skin
- It boost collagen production: it keeps skin firm, preventing premature sagging and wrinkling
All exfoliating acids can get rid of dead cells like that, but GA is one of the very few that go the extra mile. Its moisture-magnet and collagen-boosting properties make it a must for dry or sun-damaged skin.
The catch? Too much exfoliation irritates skin and GA isn’t the gentle acid out there, anyway. Moderation is the key word here. Once your skin has gotten used to its new friend, you can try using it daily. Until then, meet up only a couple of times a week. At night. This stuff makes skin more susceptible to UV rays and the damage they cause.
But, is Cyberderm Exfoliant Reveal 8% Glycolic Acid Treatment the right GA for you? Let’s find out!
The treatment has a super lightweight, clear consistency that dries quickly onto your skin. I apply it before going to bed and, when I wake up in the morning, my skin is all smoothed out. My fine lines look smaller. My skin feels softer all over. My complexion has taken on a radiant glow.
I don’t have any pesky dark spots at the moment, but if you do, this’ll help fade them faster, too. Needless to say, the more you use it, the better the results. But, don’t overdo it. That’ll just turn you into an irritated lobster!
Emblica Light And Bright
The other way to brighten your skin? Stopping the production of melanin in its tracks.
Here’s the deal: melanin is the pigment that gives colour to your skin. It’s also the skin’s first defence against aggressors. That’s why your skin tans when you’re in the sun too long. It’s the alarm sign to get the heck out of there fast!
When your skin is overreactive or has become too much damaged, your skin darkens. It may be melasma. It may be sun spots. It may be something else. But it all starts with too much melanin. So, how do you keep the pesky thing under control?
Hydroquinone’s the traditional gold standard. But it can be too harsh for some people, so new treatments are popping up all the time. Emblica Light and Bright uses a new peptide called B-White.
By the way, you won’t find it on the ingredient list. What you’ll see there is Oligopeptide-68 and Hydrogenated Lecithin. In layterms, this peptide is encapsulated in lecithin so that it can penetrate through the skin’s barrier.
Once inside, it inhibits MITF (microphtalmia-associated transcriptional factor), the main culprit in the production of melanin and the following hyperpigmentation. If you want to get a bit more sciencey, this stuff inhibits the activity of the enzyme tyrosinase as well as melanin synthesis and decreases the proteins involved in the pigmentation process.
The catch? I can’t find independent studies confirming it works yet. And, as I’ve mentioned, I don’t have dark spots yet, so I can’t vouch for it personally, either. What I can tell you is that it’s a very interesting and new approach to fighting dark spots.
Of course, when it comes to fighting dark spots, there isn’t a magic bullet. Using this treatment with a glycolic acid exfoliant, for example, will give you better results.
What else? It has a yellowish, lightweight consistency that sinks quickly into the skin, leaving no sticky residue behind. Brightening peptides aside, it also has Indian gooseberry extract (emblica officinalis fruit). This one has been proven to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties that soothe inflammation.
If your sensitive skin can’t usually tolerate brightening treatments, this one may well be the exception to the rule.
To recap: love the glycolic acid exfoliant (but you already knew that). I’m on the fence re the brightening treatment. Given the high price tag, I’d like to see more research done on it, but I think sensitive skin will like it (but, don’t take just my word for it. Do a patch test first. You know how unpredicatble your skin is.)
Price & Availability: Exfoliant Reveal, $34.00 and Emblica Light and Bright, $70.00 at The Sunscreen Company
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Exfoliant Reveal 8% Glycolic Acid Treatment Ingredients: Aqua, Glycolic Acid, PVP, Arginine, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin.
Emblica Light & Bright: Aqua, Propanediol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Emblica Officinalis Fruit, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sodium Oleate, Oligopeptide-68, Tetrahydrodiferulooylmethane, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Glycerin, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA