Although I don’t particularly like Winter and the effects the cold weather has on the skin (constant movement between dry heat to the extreme cold) I DO like that with less sun, in my opinion, Winter is the perfect time to deal with pigmented skin. I’m not gonna lie, it actually feels good to be on the other side of the skin spectrum, and I feel that months of testing and trying products is worth it when people ask what I use on my once severely acne scarred mug! My inbox is full of requests for solutions to scarring and so I thought it was the perfect time to share this post.
There are hundreds of great products on the market, but one range I’ve experienced particularly good results from is Murad’s White Brilliance.
You cannot put a price on great skin care but the popular American Cosmeceutical brand has, and its roughly between £150- £237, BUT before you start choking on your dinner or stop reading.. note this:
Cosmeceuticals refers to the combination of cosmetics AND pharmaceticals. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients recognised as having medical or drug-like benefits, which is the justification for the price. Active ingredients, in a nutshell are going to deliver the wanted results. Americans are waaaay ahead when it comes to the cosmeceutical industry, spending millions on research on products that encourage improved and repaired skin.
The three step White Brilliance regime is simple but effective; gentle exfoliators and botanical extracts to inhibit melanin production and promote cell turnover for a brighter, more even complexion- and that’s just with the cleanser!! However, by tweaking products in the range and including your own ‘step 2′ in the form of Murad’s advanced Vitamin C technology into your regime- you’re looking at a system that promises a reduction of photo damage* by 46% in 4 weeks.
Murad’s Essential-C Daily Renewal complex is one of my absolute favourite skin products: Vitamin C and retinol- two super ingredients work together to fade unwanted pigmentation, restore clarity and even skin tone. Smoothing the product on your face feels like liquid silk, it really is one of the most luxurious items I’ve used, so much so that it does’t even feel like cream. The gentle tingling (probably from the vitamin c extract) also assures me that something is happening to the top layer of my skin.
Lastly comes the illuminating moisturisers. One for day, and another for night:
The day moisturiser contains Pearl Powder – infused with essential amino acids, these remove skin imperfections and break down pigmentation to create an instantly brighter, luminous canvas.
The night moisturiser is infused with Shea Butter – providing essential overnight hydration .
After 6 weeks of using the regime above, my skin was left more even, smoother and with visible reduction of scarring. The only negatives: I find that steps 2 to 3 leave a fine white film on my skin- which isn’t a problem at night, but during the day doesn’t allow for the easiest application of make up, and if you choose to go bare faced- you risk being mistaken for someone from the Sudanese Surma tribe. I would recommend using a slightly darker shade of foundation (the one you keep for Summer) if you want to use the day moisturiser. The second thing I noticed was a reduction in pore size, and although I normally welcome any products that reduce pore size, it also automatically means less oil production and therefore dryer skin. I would either use day moisturiser every other day to combat this or increase your intake of water.
* Photo damage: The structural and functional deterioration of sun-exposed skin, resulting in wrinkling, roughness, altered texture, discolouration, collagen reduction and hyper pigmentation.