Dark spots, age spots, sun spots, pigmentation: whatever you call them, they have a bad reputation. â€śDark spots are notoriously difficult to treat,â€ť says Janet Pardo, senior vice president Clinique global product development. â€śTheyâ€™ve been with you a long time. If you laser them, if you get a peel, when you go in the sun, that same spot is going to come straight back.â€ť Part of the problem, explains Pardo, is that not all pigmentation is created equal. â€śThe way a dark spot happens is the same biology, but it doesnâ€™t always happen for the same reason. Women get dark spots for a multitude of reasons: whether itâ€™s hormonal, acne scars, sun damage, age or genetics.â€ť Cliniqueâ€™s latest innovation, Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer ($176), pushes the science behind the beauty houseâ€™s potent pigmentation-fighting CL-302 complex further. â€śWeâ€™ve learnt that inflammation and irritation are a big cause for people with hyperpigmentation. Our research has shown that people who are exposed to more pollution and stress have a higher amount of pigmentation,â€ť says Pardo.
â€śSo I thought letâ€™s partner the formula with another that combats inflammation.â€ť The dual-chamber serum does just that: instead of only focusing on lightening, brightening and minimising the appearance of pigmentation, Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer calms inflammation, too. â€śIt really soothes skin and minimises the inflammation process,â€ť she adds. Pardo says the results are visible in two weeks â€“ skin is luminous, translucent and irritation-free. But thatâ€™s only when the serum is used correctly. â€śPeople donâ€™t always comply. They covet it and use it sparingly,â€ť Pardo says. If you want notice a difference, take heed: use it twice a day, every day on your entire face and always wear sunscreen. â€śYou have to use it properly if you want to see results.â€ť