Recently, I’ve noticed dark spots have been showing up on my face. They are sprinkled here and there, and will likely take over if something is not done now! Given the opportunity to try out Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™Dark Spot Solution serum ($49.50), I jumped on it!
According to Kiehl’s, “The Clearly Corrective™ formula includes high (yet safe) concentrations of Activated C, an ingredient that acts quickly to even skin tone and break apart existing dark spots and discolorations. It contains a potent blend of botanical ingredients, such as White Birch to enhance clarity and luminosity as well as Peony to help prevent future dark spots and discolorations. These ingredients work to effectively reduce pigmentation without the irritation associated with prescription treatments.”
Kiehl’s claims that results should be visible within two weeks of use, so I quickly got down to business. I washed my face and prepared for the first application. The solution is a clear liquid housed in a small bottle with a dropper. The instructions don’t specify how much to apply, so I started out with a few drops. It has a very floral scent, which made me think of the aforementioned White Birch and Peony.
The solution spread easily and was quickly absorbed into the skin. I applied it all over, not just on areas with spots, like my hands, which are also starting to see light spots. For two weeks I applied twice a day as instructed. Note that though this product does not cause sun sensitivity, which is a rare find in a lightening treatment, Kiehl’s recommends using a daily sunscreen to maintain a clarified, even skin tone.
After two weeks of regular use, I can’t say for sure that the spots have gotten any lighter. It seems as though my whole face may have gotten a bit lighter, slightly luminous even. That may mean that the spots have actually gotten lighter, but it’s hard to tell because everything has lightened up all around. It could also be that I am not using enough of the solution.
As mentioned previously, there are no instructions on how much to use. Or, it could just be the power of suggestion. Either way, I am not discouraged. Kiehl’s strongly advises using the solution regularly for 12 weeks in order to experience the full spectrum of benefits. I will continue its use with hopes of garnering more visible results by the end of that time period.
– Michelle Kuo
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