Unfortunately for me, picking my skin, especially on my arms, is a form of anxious meditation. What’s left is even more anxiety—counterintuitive, I know—and a constellation of red bumps that will eventually turn brown, thanks to something I’m all too familiar with: hyperpigmentation. If you’re unfamiliar with that pesky little word, A: I envy you and B: it’s a term used to generally describe areas of the skin that appear darker than your regular complexion. Occurring in small patches or even larger areas, hyperpigmentation can affect your entire body—not just your face.
While there are several types of hyperpigmentation, the three most common ones are typically melasma, sunspots, or post-inflammatory (aka a result of injury or inflammation to the skin, typically acne). So remember that skin picking I was talking about? Well that, combined with my love of tanning (mom, lo siento), leaves me with an array of dark spots I’m most definitely not thrilled about.
I can literally hear my mom yelling at me from inside our house, Gabriela Emilia, sal del sol! You know it’s serious when the middle name comes out and only spanish is spoken. Growing up in a tropical climate like Miami, sitting outside to tan was pretty much a daily occurrence. That, coupled with a false narrative that Latinas had to be sunkissed to be pretty, left me with sun damaged skin. Adding insult to injury, I’d pick and then tan, pick and then tan.
It’s not even an exaggeration to say that I’ve spent countless hours searching for a product that would help reduce the appearance of my dark spots without further irritating my skin, so when I learned about Clinique’s Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter, I had to know more. Read on for everything this exciting product has to offer and just how, with its powerful ingredients, it helps to actively reduce the look of dark spots and uneven skintone.
What Is It?
Luckily for us, Clinique has created a powerful brightening serum for all skin types and tones. From melanin-rich to fair, the Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interruptor does just as the name states. It’s oil-free, non-acnegenic, and visibly improves uneven skin tone—all while combating hard to treat dark spots. Equipped with preventative anti-oxidant and anti-irritant technology, this multi-functional product also helps keep new signs of discoloration at bay.
Tested by over 500 women of varying skin tones, not only did 84% say that they noticed more radiant skin in just seven days, but 81% also commented that the appearance of dark spots was reduced in 28 days. Thanks to its fast absorbing texture, you won’t have to worry about sticky residue, making it the ideal product to use liberally.
While there’s a notable cocktail of ingredients in the product, there’s a delicious combination that functions as the standout hero. Meet the CL302 Brightening Complex and the Interrupter Complex—the powerful ingredients that make us place a refill order on Clinique’s Dark Spot Corrector. The all-star lineup is effective yet gentle, and the formula is appropriate for all skin types.
CL302 Brightening Complex Ingredient Breakdown
- Vitamin C: A potent brightening antioxidant that helps visibly reduce dark spots and even skin tone.
- Salicylic acid: Helps to gently shed the uppermost layers of the skin, thus revealing fresher, more even-looking skin.
Interrupter Complex Ingredient Breakdown
- Gyokuro (camellia sinensis leaf) extract: A green tea harvested with a special method in Japan that helps quell the look of irritation.
- Rice bran extract: A potent antioxidant and anti-irritant that helps prevent the look of future dark spots.
How To Use It
This light serum is perfect for both morning and night use. A little goes a long way, so dispense one to two dabs, as needed, onto your fingertips and pat gently into your skin. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer (I love Clinique’s Moisture Surge 100H) and, of course, when applying in the morning, never—and I mean ever—forget your sunscreen.