Five weeks ago I started to trial Garnier’s Darkspot Corrector. Although I’m being sponsored by Garnier to try it out and come back with my thoughts, I was a very willing candidate because I have chloasma (otherwise known as melasma or pregnancy mask) on my upper lip.
It’s a dark brown discolouration of the skin and can be quite common in women who take the pill, who have brown skin and during/after pregnancy. Three strikes and I’m out! I also had a very dark spot on my chin thanks to tell tale signs of adult acne scarring.
You can see my initial video with my fully naked face at the start of the trial here.
Garnier Dark Spot Corrector contains 5% pure Vitamin C which is the active ingredient that brightens the skin and breaks up the spots. In a consumer test over 4 weeks
- 85% of women noticed their skintone was more even and brighter
- Dark spots and imperfections were reduced for 74% of women
- Skin is more hydrated for 86% of women
I set out to crash test this myself!
I started using the Dark Spot Corrector on the 23rd of August, every day morning and night. I missed perhaps two applications due to being sick and not getting out of bed in the morning and then falling asleep on the couch that night! It is important to use it daily for 4 weeks because skin goes through a 4 week renewal cycle.
I always applied it directly to my lip area and chin, but then just started using it as a moisturiser on my entire face. Apart from any affect it had on my dark spots, my skin is less dry than it has been for a long time. It means that the new BB cream for oily/combination skin is working really well for me, which is fabulous because it’s coverage is amazing and super quick to apply.
My skin is also less red and feels smoother. I’m pretty impressed because the Dark Spot Corrector is quite light compared with much heavier moisturisers I’ve had to use in the past. It will be great for the summer.
So here are the results!
I took a photo each week, with the bathroom light on and natural light from the window. It was hard to get consistently lit photos, but I think you can see the difference. It goes without saying that the photos haven’t been edited in any way (otherwise I would have zapped that pre-menstrual zit!).
I’m writing this 5 weeks later, and unfortunately forgot to take photos in the fourth week, but as you can see the biggest impact has been the reduction in size of the dark acne scarring on my chin. It is almost gone.
The dark lines on my lips are tough customers and whilst I hoped they might fade, I was prepared for there not to be much success. They are still visible, but I’m pleased to say that they have started to fade.
In the third week I started to feel a little tingle when I applied it to my lips and the skin started to exfoliate. I can now see the pigmentation starting to break up, but I think it will still take some time.
I will keep using it because clinical tests prove in 8 weeks the intensity of dark spots appear reduced and in 12 weeks the size of dark spots appear diminished.
So would I recommend Garnier Dark Spot Corrector?
Yes, without hesitation.
Firstly, for me it does what it says it does. And secondly it’s RRP is only $16.95 for a 50ml tube. After using it daily for 5 weeks I still have a quarter to a third of a tube left. This is a habit that’s easy to establish and affordable enough to maintain, compared with a similar Vitamin C serum I was paying $50 for 15ml!!!!
Now it’s your turn
Instead of giving away something to just one or two readers I’m offering 10 readers to join a Crash Test Panel to trial and review the Garnier Dark Spot Corrector and BB Cream for Oily/Combination skin. To put your hand up:
- if you’re not already, make sure you’re registered as a Crash Tester with Crash Test Mummy
- tell me why in the comments below why you need to try these products
This is not a giveaway, I will be selecting the panel on a number of factors and you will need to write a short review for the Crash Test Mummies community review site. If you don’t submit a review it’s pretty unlikely you’ll be selected for future crash tests. Ps, sorry Australian residents only.
Be quick as I will choose the panel by the end of the weekend!