Several months ago, I was browsing through the skin care section of a major department store when I came across the Clinique stand and was intrigued to see their latest product, a spot fader known as the Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector.
To be quite frank, I have had my experiences with Clinique color cosmetics in the past and was anything but impressed. For some reason their colors have been pitched to work well on darker skin tones but frankly I didn’t care for the colors choices. Now, I was intrigued with the new product and given that Clinique positions itself allergen tested and free, I was curious to see what major skin lightening ingredient dark spot fader would utilize especially since I’ve been searching for a hydroquinone free formulation.
The Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector uses Ascorbyl Glucoside as a major skin lightening agent, which is supposed to be a more stable form of Vitamin C, shown to last on the skin a lot longer and offer skin brightening effects.
It also contains Mulberry extract, a natural skin lightener and exfoliating agents like grape peel fruit extract and salicylic acid which will help to remove dead skin cells and offer better product penetration. I decided to be open minded and give the product try, perhaps the combination of ingredients might have somehow created the Ah-ha combo needed to lighten the spots on my face plus I was on a desperate hunt for any product that would give me some level of improvement.
Well, after several weeks, I ended up back at the store waiting to get my refund. Not only did I not see any improvements on my dark spots, but beware the product does contain silicones which I believe is the culprit behind the tiny bumps that started forming on my skin after use.
At about $40-$70 online at major department shops, the cost to me does not justify the results you get from the product, it is basically an exfoliating moisturizer. And so the quest to find an effective, hydroquinone-free dark spot fading treatment continues.
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Clinique Dark Spot Corrector Ingredients:
Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Turmeric Root Extract, Rice Bran Extract, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Barley Extract, Wheat Germ Extract, Birch Bark Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Dimethoxytolyl Propylresorcinol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Mulberry Root Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract, Peg-6, Tromethamine, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Cholesterol, Isohexadecane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sunflower Seedcake, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Simethicone, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Di-C12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Sodium Rna, Squalane, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Vp/Copolymer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5.
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