BEAUTY THAT WORKS

Good Housekeeping (UK) - - Editor’s Letter -

While I never lie out in the sun for hours on end, I still love hav­ing a tan. As I’ve got older, I mind less about wrin­kles caused by UV ex­po­sure and more about pig­men­ta­tion marks and the un­even skin tone I’m left with. Feel the same? If you want to bring out the big guns, book a course of in­tense pulsed light (IPL). It’s un­com­fort­able, but over quickly – and gives fan­tas­tic re­sults. Brown marks fade con­sid­er­ably and it works on thread veins, too, so skin looks less con­trast-y and more youth­ful. I go to Davinia at Lon­don’s Cran­ley Clinic, but it’s widely avail­able. At home, I use creams and serums con­tain­ing vi­ta­min C (am) and retinol (pm) that help fade dark spots and have a host of other anti-age­ing ben­e­fits. I rate Sk­inceu­ti­cals, Paula’s Choice, En­v­i­ron and these new dis­cov­er­ies: Gar­den of Wis­dom Vi­ta­min C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid, £10 – a bril­liant for­mu­la­tion at a bargain price. Mu­rad Rapid Age Spot Cor­rect­ing Serum, £70 – with vi­ta­min C, plus niaci­namide, also proven to have an ef­fect on dark spots. El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Retinol Ceramide Cap­sules Line Eras­ing Night Serum, from £42 – the ce­ramides pro­tect against po­ten­tial retinol ir­ri­ta­tion.

Eve Cameron,GH group beauty di­rec­tor

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