BEAUTY THAT WORKS
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