Various women in my family have suffered from light pigmentation issues, particularly during pregnancy, and although I was lucky enough to escape anything dramatic with Baby H, this time around, I have noticed more small brown spots appearing. Whilst they never bothered me before, I am aware that it can get worse in quantity and colour so I am actively trying to prevent more spots appearing. Sunscreen is of course, a major factor in reducing brown spots, but I have also been testing various pigmentation products.
One of the first I tested for a while is Elemis’ Advanced Brightening Even Tone Serum (£59) which I tested for for around a month.
This can be used on all skin types and should be used with Sunscreen.
This serum is a very lightweight, cream coloured formula which sinks in quickly to the skin. It doesn’t moisturise and is light enough to layer with other products.
I found that right after application my skin had a slightly tacky feel which disappeared quickly.
Here is the start of my trial on May 2014 and took photographs after a month (since the blurb says that there should be results after 28 days). I did continue to use this serum until recently, as my skin has taken an extremely sensitive turn due to pregnancy.
I used to have a few freckles which have now become more plentiful (see above image).
The results are better than what I actually see in the mirror, if that makes sense? When I look in the mirror I see no great difference to my brown spots but I see a better texture overall and brightness. In these photos though, I can see on my left side, there has been some subtle fading of marks. I also have acne marks from a lot of teenage home squeezing which is less evident.
On my right hand side, I have 3 prominent freckles which I think are still quite visible. After a month I am definitely not expecting miracles, and at least my skin looks bright and clearer overall even if the brown marks are still there.
It’s a difficult time for me to test this product in the sense that my hormones are all over the place – despite this I think the serum has done quite well in terms of not creating irritation (however, I wouldn’t layer too many serums on the skin during pregnancy – at least for my skin it is too much to take!) and I definitely noticed overall brightness but I cannot say that I’ve seen any brown spots disappear over the initial 3 months but then, I didn’t honestly expect it to remove them. I haven’t noticed more brown spots appear, so this is a good thing!
This serum is pricey at £59 for 30ml – one pump is sufficient though due to it’s runny texture, so it will last a while.
You can buy it here.