As winter draws to a close (I'm going to ignore the fact that it's snowing as I type), my skin has grown so pale that I can now clearly see that I have, what some in the beauty industry refer to as, “age spots” (ouch), or “photo damage” (“damaged” - double ouch). Personally, I prefer to refer to them as “freckles gone wild”.
Jan, you basket case, I blame you for starting this whole freckle/age spot bashing epidemic.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) are naturally occurring molecules found in fruit and milk that soften and exfoliate skin. (In higher concentrations, in dermatologists’ offices, they’re called chemical peels).
They cause the cells of the epidermis to become "unglued", allowing the dead skin cells to slough off, making room for younger, new ones. (Kind of like what Hollywood does with actresses.)
AHAs reduce wrinkles, roughness, and mottled pigmentation of photo-damaged skin, after months of daily application.
But there’s a catch (isn't there always), AHAs make your skin more sensitive to UV rays. So, it’s imperative to wear sunscreen while using this product and for a week afterward.
I used Paula’s Choice 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acid Gel before bedtime. It stings a bit, but my, oh, my is this stuff good.
First off, my skin immediately looked younger, smoother, firmer and more even toned. By day 3, I swear my wrinkles had already started to be burned off my face. My crow’s feet were reduced and even my marionette lines and brow cleavage, were slightly less deep. And while it specifically says "avoid contact with eyes and eyelids", I specifically went out of my way to apply it to my eyelids and it drastically reduced the wrinkles and loose skin there (although I might lose my vision at a later date).
As for the "age spots", "photo damage", and "mottled pigmentation", I never had them in the first place, I had “freckles gone wild”, which it appears to maybe be helping a teeny, tiny bit so far (but that could just be wishful thinking). This is a truly great product and it’s only $19 for a 4 oz bottle.
Check out Paula’s Choice website because you can get samples, for 80¢ (plus shipping).