When the folks over at Clarins contacted me to ask whether I’d be interested to collaborate with them on a Bright Plus campaign I was all ears. Pigmentation is still one of the trickiest skin conditions to treat, and with so many products out there making so many promises, I was only too keen to learn about theirs and put it to the test.
Since I’ve always been all about the skincare I figured I might as well give you a crash course on what pigmentation is. What we see as pigmentation is irregularly hyperpigmented areas of skin caused by melanocyte overactivity (melanocytes give our skins their colour). It can be caused by a number of things, but the main culprits are sun exposure, inflammation and hormonal issues.
Treating pigmentation is a long term process, as skin that was once prone to pigmentation will likely always be prone to pigmentation. A gentler approach is better since inflammation plays a role, and the skin should be protected from the sun every single day with SPF30 or higher.
Clarins Bright Plus Products
I’ve been using the three main products in the Bright Plus line for a couple of weeks now – Intensive Brightening Smoothing Serum, Brightening Hydrating Day Lotion and Brightening Repairing Night Cream. The night cream has a lovely thick texture and it was my favourite from the start – I had to stop myself from not using it in the mornings too!
As expected, Clarins is making use of plant extracts as their active ingredients – the star of the show being Sea Lily extract. I did a little research of my own and I was very impressed with the way it works. In short, Sea Lily extract controls the extension and retraction of dendrites, which are the ‘arms’ of the melanocytes that enable them to attach to other cells. If they can’t attach, they can’t cause pigmentation.
Aside from the Sea Lily extract there’s also a couple of other known skin brighteners like Vitamin C, Raspberry extract, Parsley and Chamomile. To read more about the Clarins Bright Plus range, click here.
I’m going to say upfront that a couple of weeks isn’t enough to see a difference in the pigmentation spot I harbour on my forehead – hyperpigmentation requires a couple of months of treatment before you see an improvement.
I can say that I’ve seen subtle improvements in my skin texture and -tone overall, and my skin is looking plump and bright even though I had a ridiculously rough month (it always seems to show on my skin and aside from some dark under-eye circles I’m golden).
I’m chuffed that Clarins makes use of a combination of proven active ingredients in the Bright Plus range, and that it’s a mild enough product to continue using indefinitely – I reckon it will be a good range to use as maintenance products after you’ve sorted your pigmentation too.
Extras and Add-ons
Think again if you thought you’re getting away without the sunscreen speech. It’s vital to use UV protection every single day – I just slap an SPF50 lotion on over my day cream every single morning (remember to include your chest, hands and arms too). I haven’t tried theirs yet but I did spot a very dinky-looking SPF50 at a recent Clarins launch, see it here. SPF aside, just stay out of direct sun regardless.
If you’re used to using retinol and AHAs I’d happily add them to these three Bright Plus products to encourage cell renewal and speed up the process – the formulas are mild and soothing so I don’t foresee any problems.
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