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Illuminate and fade
I actually received this cream as a freebie a few months back, and am just getting to the end of the tube so thought it would be a good time to write a review. At full price, this cream costs £9.99, although it is currently on offer in Boots for £7.49. The cream promises to illuminate the skin, and fade any discolourations such as dark spots, age spots and blemish marks.
Although I must admit I don't suffer from dark spots, my skin pigmentation can at times look uneven so I did hope this cream would help to even things out a bit! This comes in a white squeezy tube with a long yellow nozzle - it's a little unusual in its design so it does stand out.
Nice and lotion
The lotion itself is pure white and quite a light, thin consistency. The first thing I notices as I applied it was that it has a nice, fresh, slightly citrusy fragrance that I really like. It is very easy to apply and it sinks into the skin almost immediately, leaving it feeling nice and smooth.
However I used this every day for about a month, and I noticed no difference to the appearance of my skin particularly. This may well work for other people, but for me I found this to be a very nice, light moisturiser, but not any more effective than other face creams that I have used - and a bit pricier than others! In terms of moisturisation this is adequate but not as rich and as moisturising as other face creams, so this is good for normal skin I would say.
Overall I like using this moisturiser - it has a nice light feel and it smells good too. But I am not sure it really affects the skin's appearance so realistically I wouldn't buy it again, as for me it does the same as other, cheaper lotions.
Having dark spots, blemish marks and skin in need of some serious brightening, this vitamin C sounded like the perfect product. However I was a little sceptical after I'd previously spent £50 on the clinique dark spot corrector, which did nothing other than feel like a very expensive moisturiser! I'd read some pretty good reviews and £8 didn't seem like that much of a los if it didn't work. Besides, what if it did? Hmm?
After reading the plentiful information on the box about it's wonderful claims and ingredients and all the results from clinical trials... I got to work, following the instructions for use to a T. I used it both morning and night, although I know some people with more oily skin complained that they couldn't wear it under makeup during the day. I had no problem with this, even in my slightly oily areas. The problem with this product is of course, that you do have to be patient. It claims that in about 4-8 weeks you should start to notice a difference in that dark spots appear lighter, and in about 12 weeks, the size of these dark spots should appear diminished. So definitely not a product that's going to change your skin over night, but what is?
For me, after only a week of using the product, I noticed how much brighter my skin was looking. It made a huge difference to all my other problems as having dull skin made them appear worse than they actually are. Also the red marks I had left over from past breakouts didn't appear to be as red as usual. Something I was really happy about. Slowly over the course of using, I started to notice that my freckles were much less noticeable, and I didn't use as much makeup to cover up the dark spots either. Although they appeared to look the same. After one and a half tubes of use, my dark spots are barely even a problem for me. They're still there, and noticeable. However certainly not as dark as they were, and less of a concern when it comes to makeup unlike they used to. Now the only real skin concern for me is these pesky red marks. The first few weeks saw more of an improvement on the redness of them, than with prolonged use? Not sure why.
Overall a fairly inexpensive product, and probably the cheapest 'dark spot corrector' available. It really helps to brighten the skin with it's 5% vitamin C content. And slowly lightens any freckles and dark spots, although won't get rid of them, so dont expect it to! It just lightens them so they become less noticeable. It can help fade the redness of red marks to, although I'm not sure if it would heal them entirely. Oh, and ALWAYS make sure to use a suncream. It's no good just relying on your cosmetics that contain SPF to protect your skin. I use an SPF of 30 just to make sure... I use it as my moisturiser, even if it isn't sunny, just to get myself into a good habit. Exposure to the sun will only make those marks spots/age spots darker!!
Reduce Dark Spots. Respect Skin / Is it right for me? Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector reduces the appearance of dark spots caused by aging, repeated environmental exposure, hormonal fluctuations, and even past acne damage / How is it different? Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is powered by pure, potent Vitamin C to break up dark spots and lift them away.