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This month we get even with skincare designed to tackle beauty’s latest bugbear - Pigmentation

Not all Pigmentation is created equally. Take freckles for example Freckles are fun-loving, cheeky and youthful. Age spots on the other are their bigger, boorish, ugly sisters who, as studies have recently shown, affect people’s perception of age more than lines and wrinkles.

The causes of uneven melanin production are complex. Hormonal fluctuations, especially those associated with pregnancy or hormonal contraception are often to blame, but the most common culprit is UV exposure.

In the past, the most effective way to get rid of age spots was with lasers or creams containing hydroquinone, a controversial ingredient used in skin whitening that’s popular in the Asian market. But for those who like their skin tone just as it is, thank you very much, the latest offerings from our trusted brands contain proven skin-brighteners, such as vitamin C, as well as ingredients to help suppress the production of pigment and accelerate its removal.

Unlike creams containing skin-bleaching agents, these products can be used by any ethnicity and are gentle enough for all skin types, although you might want to use your normal moisturizer as a hydration top-up. A word of warning though, these should always be used in conjunction with daily UV protection to ensure they do their job well and to prevent further damage (but of course we do that anyway. Right, girls?).

La Roche-Posay Pigment Control, $43.5

This concentrated super-serum may initially feel a little runny but the dropper helps with the application and it’s instantly absorbed. It pepped up our weary complexions nicely.

Description: La Roche-Posay Pigment Control, $43.5

La Roche-Posay Pigment Control, $43.5

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright, $69

The potent ingredients are also anti-irritant, so even sensitive souls can slather it on. Despite being a serum it still felt pleasantly hydrating.

Description: Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright, $69

Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright, $69

Sisley Intensive Lightening Serum, $316.5

It may be pricey, but we loved how this vitamin-C-packed serum seemed to give our skin an instant youth-boost.

Description: Sisley Intensive Lightening Serum, $316.5

Sisley Intensive Lightening Serum, $316.5

Kiehl’s Dark Spot Solution, $54

Another super-liquidy texture but the lightweight formula still made our skin feel as soft as a peach. Plus we loved the spa-like aroma.

Description: Kiehl’s Dark Spot Solution, $54

Kiehl’s Dark Spot Solution, $54

La Mer The Brightening Essence Intense, $330

This went on like a dream without a hint of stickiness and gave us a pleasing glow. Dry skins might need a moisture top-up though.

Description: La Mer The Brightening Essence Intense, $330

La Mer The Brightening Essence Intense, $330

Philosophy Dark Spot Corrector, $78

Don’t be put off by the slightly murky colour. This clever little corrector smoothed our skin instantly, meaning our foundation went on a treat afterwards.

Description: Philosophy Dark Spot Corrector, $78

Philosophy Dark Spot Corrector, $78

 

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