Soon you will get tired of me going on about my uneven skin tone. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed little spots of sun damage along with weird red patches. I’m forever working with serums, CC creams, and different colored concealer to hide the problem, if I wasn’t able to fix it. But for the first time, I’ve had a chance to use a complete system to help correct my uneven skin tone: PowerBright trx by Dermalogica.
I was first introduced to the system at The Makeup Show – Dallas. The rep explained how it all worked, and we were able to test out the textures.
There are three products in the system: a serum, a day moisturizer, and a night cream. Each includes ingredients to help combat the weird skin spots that I’m discovering all over my face.
The serum, called C-12 Pure Bright Serum ($90), is a very lightweight serum that contains an exclusive blend of Oligopeptides, plus Rice-derived Phytic Acid, antioxidant Zinc Glycinate, and Red and Brown Algae. It absorbs quickly, although you will want to give it a few minutes before moving on to the next step. After washing with a cleanser, I would apply the C-12 Pure Bright Serum, then apply my eye cream while I waited for it to absorb into my skin.
If it was morning, the next step was the Pure Light SPF50 ($60). This thin lotion contains a great sunblock that is perfect for all year. I often have problems with sunscreens, because they can clog pores and break me out in ugly ways. I didn’t have a single problem with this lotion, however, and as a bonus it contains hyaluronic acid, one of my favorite skin care ingredients. Hyaluronic acid is a superior moisturizer that can hold up to 1000 times it’s weight in water. It plumps skin and helps fill in fine lines. You must use it daily, however, in order to keep seeing benefits. It is also used as a dermal filler, which is good because you’re not injecting weird things (botox still kind of freaks me out) into your face, but an ingredient in the human body.
All of that being said, the day moisturizer was excellent. It also contains exfoliating ingredients, which help the skin cells turn over faster. But when you use exfoliants, you must use sunscreen for that very reason. Somehow this lotion manages to hit all my skin care needs without causing an annoying breakout.
At night, I used the Pure Night Nourishing Overnight Cream ($75). This was thicker than the Pure Light SPF50, and more moisturizing. It felt wonderful during application, and once again didn’t cause me any problems with breakouts. I usually have to avoid such heavy creams because they just cause me too many problems. It has an impressive list of ingredients, including oligopeptide, brightening Vitamin C, niacinamide and zinc glycinate. My only single complaint was that this product smelled slightly weird. I’m sure it wouldn’t bother most people, I’m just weirdly sensitive to scent, and my nostrils probably flared each time I put it on. No matter, however, the smell passed quickly.
I don’t know if it’s one specific product, or the synthesis of all three, but I have noticed a difference in my skin tone – I still have to correct for the weird redness, but I’m doing less with dark spots. I’m sure that you have to continue to use the products to keep seeing the benefits – it’s probably not permanent. But you know you’re going to use some sort of skincare anyway, so might as well use one that works!
I’m able to find Dermalogica at local salons and spas, and you can also order the set from Dermalogica.com.
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