Editor's Pick: Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution Review
We know a few things to be true about dark spots. Number one: They can be caused by a number of factors, including age and genetics (more on that later). Number two: Many people, ourselves included, don’t like the way they cluster on our complexion, making skin appear dull and uneven in tone. The stubborn marks can be very difficult to fade but not impossible. That’s where Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution comes in. Ahead, we’re sharing our review of the Kiehl’s dark spot corrector, its benefits and how to use it in your own skin-care routine.
Common Causes of Dark Spots
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of our Kiehl’s dark spot corrector review, it’s important to understand why dark spots appear in the first place.
Age: Age spots, also called liver spots and solar lentigines, are flat tan, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on areas of skin most exposed to the sun, like the face, hands, shoulders and arms. Because of how they’re formed, age spots are very common in adults over 50.
Sun Exposure: Speaking of sun exposure, you may love the way your skin looks with a tanned glow, but you’ll likely find an issue with the dark spots that can appear after prolonged periods of unprotected sun exposure. They can also creep up on you later in life, so don’t take those SPF applications lightly.
Genetics: Pigmentation in your skin can differ due to genetics. Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do to prevent that, but we can help correct it and make it less visibly noticeable.
Pollution: According to a study in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, chronic exposure to traffic-related air pollution can also be a culprit of dark spots. The findings of this study showed that exposure to nitrogen dioxide was significantly associated with dark spots on the cheeks but even more evident on the cheeks of women exposed to more polluted air.
Other causes of dark spots and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation include acne marks and irritation from hair removal procedures, including shaving, waxing, tweezing and laser hair removal. If you’re unsure about the culprit of your dark spots, consult a dermatologist.
The Benefits of Kiehl’s Dark Spot Corrector
Contrary to what you may have heard, dark spots won’t improve on their own over time — not without a little help, that is. In fact, continued unprotected exposure to aggressors, like air pollution and UV rays, can make any pre-existing dark spots even more noticeable as time goes on. What this means for you is that if you notice any discolored marks on your skin, you’ll want to take action. The sooner you address dark spots, the better your chances of helping them fade in appearance.
When it comes to finding a powerful dark spot corrector, there are plenty of reasons why Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution should be your pick. The formula, with a clarifying complex of Activated C and white birch and peony extracts, takes effect on the skin’s surface to correct the appearance of dark spots and even the appearance of the skin’s tone. With continued daily use, skin can appear visibly brighter and have an improvement in clarity.
How to Use Kiehl’s Dark Spot Corrector in Your Routine
Start with freshly cleansed, dry skin and apply the dark spot serum morning and night before your moisturizer. You can use it as a spot treatment or over your entire face, depending on the area you wish to correct. It can also be used to address discoloration on the hands, neck and chest if you also experience dark spots there.
For best results, Kiehl’s recommends pairing Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution with a daily SPF, like the Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense. Combining a powerful broad-spectrum sunscreen with a brightening serum can help correct visible signs of skin discoloration exacerbated by UV rays while helping prevent further damage.
Wearing sunscreen each day is important for protecting skin against harmful UV rays for reasons beyond just dark spots. In addition to premature skin aging, unprotected sun exposure can also lead to certain skin cancers. At night, Kiehl’s recommends using Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution with Midnight Recovery Concentrate to help restore skin while you sleep.
Our Kiehl’s Dark Spot Corrector Review
I have a few dark spots on my complexion due in large part to my negligence with sunscreen in my youth. I wasn’t as knowledgeable then as I am now about the risks associated with unprotected UV exposure. Needless to say, I was really looking forward to reviewing the Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. The texture of the serum feels a bit slimy at first but quickly absorbs into skin with a cooling, refreshing feel — no sticky residue left behind. I used it as a spot treatment over my dark spots and paired it with SPF during the day, as instructed. I’m happy to report that I noticed a visible reduction in the appearance of my dark spots on my face. While they are still there, they look much less noticeable after about a week’s time than they did prior to using this product.