When I look at a picture of myself from just 7-ish years ago I’m always amazed at how much better I looked. Of course the lack of sleep plays a role, and I was all filled up with Botox then too, but really the biggest difference is pigmentation. Sunspotting is the hallmark of aging skin and discoloration becomes more prevalent after years in the sun. My struggle was melasma brought on by hormones with each pregnancy when I looked like I was playing the role of a villain with a light beige painted-on goatee for a high school play.
I refuse to use hydroquinone though, which is considered the standard for skin lightening and have decided to try a few other things in search of a foundation-free existence. One is Lemon Lightening Serum from Sorella Apothecary that I bought at Alchemy Face Bar where I (and everyone else in Denver) get my facials. It has lemon and licorice root extracts- which are natural hydroquinone alternatives that create smooth, calm and bright skin. It also has Azelaic Acid which is a known to brighten and reduce pigment in the skin. Over time, it is meant to brighten and fade spotting as well as prevent new spots from returning. It’s also a redness reducer and helps fade acne scaring.
Now, here’s the thing about natural products in general (including this one.) They take time. You can’t expect it to fade out years worth of damage in a week, or maybe a few weeks, or maybe with just 1 bottle. You need to use it consistency and for a month or two so it can really take effect. I like to strengthen its effectiveness by using a derma roller first for maximum penetration a few times a week. (You can roll before any serum or treatment you have to achieve the same result, it’s just a great thing to own.) Also, take close up, clean skin photos before you start using something new, then more photos every week or so to compare. Because we see our skin every day, it’s hard to see what result you’re really getting without proof so this is a great way to check in and take an honest look at what’s working for you.