February 16, 2013

Lighten up with NeoStrata, Proactiv, Avene, Maybelline and Olay!

Nothing, not even wrinkles, ages you faster then skin discolouration - those pesky brown spots and patches caused by sunlight, pregnancy and hormonal stress not only look awful, but make us look older - like I needed something else! Thankfully there are all kinds of products out there to help with this very issue and here are a few of the latest and greatest:

NeoStrata SecureWhite Duo - 30ml - $42 - boasts two dual-action skin-lightening ingredients to inhibit the melanin from forming into dark spots as well as titanium dioxide to immediately diminish the appearance of dark spots on the surface as well as retinol to reduce wrinkles and even out skin tone, texture and colour.

It also comes in an SPF30 format for $44 which is an excellent idea if you tend to forget to apply your sunscreen!
Proactiv Dark Spot Repair - $36 - oil and paraben free, it's formulated with the skin brightening properties of the most stable form of Vitamin C and enriched with ingredients to help lighten brown spots and promote a smooth, luminous complexion. Other key ingredients include Licorice Root, Amurense Bark and Barley Extracts, which work synergistically to lighten pesky dark spots, even the skin’s tone and improve its barrier function and moisture retention.
Available online at www.getproactiv.ca
Avene D-Pigment Dark Spot Lightener - 30ml - $49 - in 2 fragrance and paraben free formulations: Light for normal to combination skin - with a light quickly penetrating texture and mattifying powders or Rich for dry to very dry skin - with a soft, velvety texture and a nourishing protective effect - with either one, dark spots are visibly erased, irregularities are smoothed and the complexion is even and glowing.
Maybelline Instant Age Remind Eraser Dark Spot - Concealer + Treatment - $12.99 - in 5 shades: Fair, Fair/Light, Light, Light/Medium and Medium/Deep - super-concentrated pigment formula instantly conceals while Vitamin C works to actively fade the look of dark spots caused by age and sun as well as acne discolourations.
If you are looking for something to brighten and even out tone with age-fighting properties then you want:
Olay Total Effects 7 Tone Correcting Eye Treatment - 15ml - $34.99 - with a dual stream formula that fights 7 signs of aging: fine lines and crow's feet; dark circles; firming; luminosity; uneven tone; uneven texture and dryness - with a vitamin-rich complex that combines an eye serum and illuminating sheer coverage for younger looking, brighter eyes.

The same price will also nab you the Night Moisturizer if you want to do some additional tone correcting!

- Lisamarie - 


  1. Hi there. I'm not rich and am really bothered about brown spots. I have 3 on my face and lots on my arms, but much more on my legs. Is there one of these products that will really help me before I waste my money? Thank you. Francine

    1. Hi Francine, Any of these would be great for your face but I don't know that they would be good value to use on the body since they come in such small bottles, you would use it up awfully fast! NeoStrata makes a body lotion with AHA that would help lighten up discolouration and wouldn't end up as price prohibitive as using a lightening cream sized for the face! HTH!

      Best, Lisamarie


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