I’ve gotten two bad sunburns in my life. The first was when I was 13 years old, vacationing with my family in Puerto Rico. I got so sunburned the belly chain I was wearing felt like a belt of daggers on my red, inflamed skin. (And yes, I wore a belly chain. Whatever, it was cool back in the 90s!) The second was when I was 22, on vacation in Miami with friends. I got so sunburned I passed out that night and woke up with a blister on my forehead.
I've learned my lesson about the importance of sun protection, but it's too late. Since turning 30 last year, little brown freckle-like dots started appearing on my nose and on my chest. They are sun spots, skin that has darkened with pigment over time due to too much sun exposure. (Nice.) I knew Clinique had products to correct hyperpigmentation – that is the overproduction of pigment in the skin – but I never needed them until now. I began using Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector ($49.50, Clinique.com) about three weeks ago. It is a light serum of exfoliating salicylic acid, plus botanicals, vitamin C and special yeast extracts from mushrooms; together they all fight to break up pigment and fade dark spots. You’re supposed to use it every morning and night to see fabulous results in four weeks. I have not been so diligent in applying; I forget a morning here, forget a night there. But after three weeks of smoothing the serum over my spotted skin I can already say some of my lighter spots have definitely faded. It’s proof enough to make me more religious about application! Now if only I could fade the memories of those horrid sunburns.