In fairness, I have always been interested in skin care products. It allows me to indulge my nerdy side. Occasionally I'm even willing to ignore my understanding of skin biology in favour of amazing claims. Not always you understand......just sometimes! Yet so far I'd only really used products to keep my skin clean and hydrated as well reduce the appearance of lines. In the last few weeks or so my eyes have been opened up to the possibility that I could correct some of the other issues that I had considered to be a permanent feature.
|Picture from www.bioeffect.co.uk|
I have patches of dark pigmentation around my eyes from pregnancy. In particular a patch just above my brow. I also have some darkened areas of scarring from blemishes. I didn't pick up on it immediately but the discolouration above my brow has definitely become less noticeable since using the sample of BIOeffects EGF serum. Now, I admit I'm sceptical about products containing EGF. I know what it can do to skin cells when in direct contact but applied topically, EGF is similar to collagen. It's just too big to penetrate the epidermis so I don't see how it can have a stimulatory effect on the cells of the dermis. However, I really enjoyed using the BIOeffects serum; it felt pleasant to apply, made my skin glow and as well as the effect on the pigmentation, I felt that the lines between my brows were softened. You may wonder why I haven't bought a full size bottle in this case. Well, firstly it's very expensive and secondly, I assume the benefits come from something other than the EGF, so could possibly be replicated by a cheaper product.
|Notionally a before and after picture. The different lighting does make it look more pronounced than I think is genuinely the case.|
The EGF serum was essentially my lightbulb moment. The realisation that something could actually improve the appearance of my hyper-pigmentation. Since then I have attended an Alpha H evening and realised there are other products that could help reduce the patches of pigmentation and discolouration from scarring. I'm currently using Alpha H White Gold which contains Glycolic Acid and have ordered the Shiseido White Lucency moisturising cream that Dempeaux recommended. At the same time I need to become more diligent with my use of sunscreen to prevent further damage and discolouration. After a conversation with London Makeup Girl I have been looking at some Renee Rouleau and Caudalie products. I like the look of both ranges as they seem to tick the boxes for being nice to use as well as having proven active ingredients. You can see what Renee Rouleau herself recommends for the treatment of discolouration here.
|Picture from www.alpha-h.com|
I've always had relatively good skin and I love the idea that with an improved skin care regime, I could look better before I even start on the slap! A good night's sleep wouldn't go a miss but I suspect it will be a while before my children oblige me. The only downside to my renewed interest in skin care is that now I have an extensive list of brands and products I would like to try. Everything from Darphin to Sisley through to Oskia and SkinCeuticals. This may be the one and only time I make a list and start to make way through it! I'm sure you can expect updates along the way.
Disclosure: The BIOeffect serum was sent out for free after British Beauty Bloggers post. The Alpha H White Gold was received as a PR sample.