Summer is winding down and it's the perfect time to correct any damage the sun has done to your skin—and by damage, I mean dark spots, dullness, and any parts of your skin that just aren't as smooth as they were before we devoted entire days to worshiping the sun (I know I'm not alone.).
I was first introduced to La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control Serum back in the spring when I started to notice some dark spots on my face that were left by blemishes. Little blemishes are already such a pain, but they just have to go make things that much worse by leaving dark spots on your skin after they've healed. The nerve. This is something I had never dealt with in the past and was a rude awakening this year for me. (I'm a little dramatic—and apparently, aging.)
So, back to the La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control. I was on the hunt for something that would make those stubborn dark spots disappear and then I discovered this serum. The main thing that stood out to me is that it's hydroquinone-free. Do you know what hydroquinone is? Basically, it's an organic compound that is found in many dark spot correcting creams. Sounds harmless, but studies have found some carcinogenic effects when it's applied to skin. It inhibits melanin production to help lighten skin, but long term use can actually damage your pigment cells. So the summary is, it WORKS, but it's probably not the best thing to use for long periods of time. So I loved that this La Roche-Posay serum contains kojic acid, which is a natural and safe alternative to hydroquinone.
In summary: This clinically-proven serum promises not only to correct hyperpigmentation (dark spots/uneven skin tone), but to prevent new dark spots from occurring—all in as little as two weeks. Here are the active ingredients that really pack a one-two punch for reducing dark spots, smoothing the skin, and making it look more radiant and bright:
2% KOJIC ACID, a natural brightening agent derived from mushrooms known to visibly reduce dark spots and skin discolorations
9.95% GLYCOLIC ACID + 0.4% LIPO-HYDROXY ACID [LHA] two Highly concentrated exfoliating agents to smooth skin’s surface and significantly boost skin’s radiance
0.02% THERMAL DERMOBIOTIC, a unique ingredient incorporated to help calm and soothe skin.
My verdict: I absolutely love this stuff because it's made my skin brighter and more even-toned. The serum feels hydrating to me, too. I started applying it every night and within just weeks (maybe not two weeks, as promised—more like three or four), I noticed fading of dark spots. My complexion is more radiant and I do believe that this prevented new spots from occurring. It's been my lifesaver this summer and I will continue to use it all year long, especially since we have tropical temperatures in SC nine months out of the year (yeesh!). Also, a little goes a really long way, so I'm still not finished with my 1oz bottle of it that I've been using for almost six months.
Now the fun part, La Roche-Posay has offered to give one of you this serum! Enter the giveaway below.