There are not many things I regret in life, but not using proper sun protection for some years is one of them. I am blessed with skin that tans fast and doesn’t burn, but still. I have some pigmentation spots around my cheekbones as the result.
Besides using sunscreens with a decent SPF factor (I try to aim around 30), I have decided to make brightening serums an integral part of my skincare routine. The first one I sampled? Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution.
According to Kiehl’s, Clearly Corrective is a “fast-acting serum that evens skin tone and diminishes dark spots to impart overall radiance and luminosity to the skin.” It comes in a glass container with a dropper (do note that the dropper does not go all the way to the bottom, so at the end it could become a bit messy to use it). The consistency is very liquid. It smells like lavender in the bottle, but with the quantity for each use it has a faint smell that I can’t really describe.
Here is how I use it: I put 3 drops in my palm, warm it up slightly before patting it on my face. I also pat an extra drop onto where I have pigmentation spots. Clearly Corrective is light in texture and absorbed easily by the skin. There is no sticky residue. I find this serum hydrating, and since it’s not sticky it’s easy to layer a lotion on top.
So, does it work? The answer has to be yes and no. Yes because my skin tone is brighter after about 3 months (I even had a close friend commenting on how “fair” I had become, though I personally don’t think my skin tone had become lighter. It was most probably the brightness that fooled her a little), and no because I really don’t see any of my spots being lightened. This is really what I was hoping it to do, so I have to admit it is somewhat disappointing that all my spots are still just the way they were.
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Bottom line: If you want a hydrating serum that is absorbed quickly and brightens your skin tone, take a look at Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. I cannot personally guarantee this will lighten sun spots. However, I do realize things like these vary a lot for individuals, and lightening spots is tricky business that takes a lot of time!
Have you tried any brightening products? Did any work for you? What is a similar product you would recommend for me?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx
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