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Every year it’s the same old story. As soon as the first spring sun shows herself I start getting dark hyperpigmentation spots in my face. The dermatologist says I suffer from melasma, which means that strong UV rays cause certain areas of my skin to produce too much melanin which results in dark pigmentation spots that make my face look dirty and blotchy. I have two big spots on my cheeks, one large spot on my forehead – lovingly referred to by my boyfriend as my ‘Mark of Satan’ due to its perfect upside down triangular shape – and a very embarrassing ‘moustache’ mark above my upper lip. Very frustrating.
Using sunscreen helps to slow down the speed at which the dark spots return every year, but eventually the sun always wins the annual Melissa versus Melasma battle. Sun protection alone just isn’t enough to prevent my melasma spots from darkening, so I was very worried when I left for a two-week sun-soaked holiday in Crete earlier this month. But lucky for me right before I left I received a package from Radical Skincare containing a sunscreen and a brightening anti-spot serum. Armed with my two new Radical Skincare products I literally faced the burning Cretan sun and today I’d like to share my thoughts with you.
Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30
The Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 is a broad-spectrum mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium oxide. The formula contains diamond powder that reflects the light for a perfecting soft focus effect and a healthy glow. And Radical Skincare’s new trylacel technology also claims to help protect, nourish and soothe the skin.
The Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 comes in a sleek white squeeze tube, is pale iridescent pink and has a lightweight runny texture. Despite the very liberal amount of product that I use – a whole teaspoon for my face and neck – the Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 gets absorbed fast without leaving a sticky feeling or a visible shiny veil on my skin.
I used the Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 every day for two weeks straight without any face make-up whatsoever – help! – despite feeling very insecure about my less-than-perfect skin. But thanks to the soft focus effect of the sunscreen my skin looked just a tad better than normal, and this made me feel confident enough to step out without foundation and concealer.
Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum
The Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum is a brightening serum that promises to tackle seven causes of dark spots. The formula contains vitamin C that can stop melanin production, lighten existing dark spots, reduce sun damage and boost collagen production. And the algae extract in the formula tightens the skin while sea lily slows down and regulates the transport of melanin in the cells.
The Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum comes in a chic-looking bottle with a twist-up pump. The serum is milky white, feels very light and runny, and gets absorbed easily. I use the Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum twice a day before I apply my moisturizer or night cream. Vitamin C is the active brightening ingredient in the serum and the formula doesn’t contain any aggressive bleaching agents like hydroquinone. So Radical Skincare opted for a safer and more natural solution compared to many other dark spot treatments.
But does this safer and more natural solution work? My hyperpigmentation spots started coming back in May and when I left for Crete earlier this month they were slightly visible through my make-up. When I got back two weeks later they hadn’t worsened. Phew. But they hadn’t disappeared either. So the Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum wasn’t able to magically make my dark spots go away, but it did prevent them from getting darker.
Bottom line? The Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 and the Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum are both great products that – especially when used together – can help prevent skin damage and premature skin aging. They can’t undo damage that’s already been done – at least not for now – but they definitely prevent further damage and darkening of pigmentation spots, and that’s already pretty great.
The Radical Skincare Skin Perfecting Screen SPF 30 and the Radical Skincare Multi Brightening Serum are available for respectively 55 and 120 euro.
Do you suffer from dark spots? What do you do to protect your skin from the sun and prevent dark spots from forming?