Breaking Even

Mimi ON Nov 26, 2009 AT 11:32 am

Fade Out

Fade Out

By Eleanor Tucker

It’s not all about wrinkles. These days, anti-ageing treatments are focusing on restoring skin brightness and helping to fade the appearance of brown marks. Why? Because the ‘experts’ have realised that what makes us look youthful is a smooth, even complexion.

Call these marks what you like: hyper-pigmentation, age-spots, freckles… Whatever their name, they’re caused by hormones, the sun, and good old ageing. And frankly, we don’t want them. So what’s a girl to do?

Clinique Even Better Range

Clinique Even Better Range

Your best budget option is the chemist classic, Fade Out, which is available in Boots, Superdrug and most pharmacies at around £5.99 for a 50ml pot. It’s a good deal, lasts ages, and its ‘natural ingredients work in harmony with skin rejuvenation process, helping your skin become gradually lighter and brighter’.

Clinique’s contribution to the war against patchiness is the relatively new Even Better Skin Tone Corrector (£30), which promises to virtually undo the evidence of sun damage, dark patches, skin stresses, age spots – even the darkening that follows acne scarring. And all in just four to six weeks. The range does a foundation too, so you can really layer on your armoury.

Another one to try is Barielle, a brand most people are more familiar with for their foot and hand care products. But their Advanced Formula Porcelain Skin Brightening Cream (£20) is pretty impressive stuff too, giving a noticeably more even complexion within a couple of weeks.

Now for the pricey option: Perricone MD’s Pigment Corrective, a snip at £138. But for that you get a cream AND a dietary supplement (in the form of capsules, so you’re really attacking the problem from all sides). And guess what? It works. It doesn’t smell that great, but it works. And the moral of the story? Don’t get mad about your skin – spend a bit of cash and get even…

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