ProEVEN Total Dark Spot Corrector
Despite claims that promise the end of dark spots whether they’re from sun damage or acne marks, ProEVEN Total Dark Spot Corrector isn’t the total solution. First, an essential element of any discoloration-fighting routine is sunscreen, which this product lacks. We’re not saying a skin-lightening product must contain sunscreen; rather, we’re taking issue with the “total” portion of the name because it implies this is all you need to fight dark spots, when that’s not the case. Daily sunscreen application is critical to helping dark spots fade, and of course for preventing new ones related to cumulative sun damage.
This lightly fragranced, lotion-like spot corrector’s main ingredient of interest is a form of vitamin C known as ascorbyl glucoside. The amount this contains is on par with what published research has shown is effective for inhibiting excess melanin (skin pigment) production. That’s great, yet this product contains little else of interest for those fighting dark spots. It contains enough of the mineral pigment titanium dioxide for a subtle brightening effect, but that’s cosmetic, not a treatment per se.
Although this contains salicylic acid, the amount is too low and this product’s pH is well above the ideal range for efficacy. That’s a shame, because the exfoliation salicylic (or glycolic) acid provides definitely helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and red marks from acne. In the end, this is an OK option for normal to dry skin, but there are better skin-lightening products that cost less and contain a range of intriguing ingredients to help improve discolorations.
Instantly reveals a more radiant glow: Gentle micro-exfoliation to clean melanin-filled dead cells from the skin's surface, to reveal smoother, newer skin; Evens skin tone: Reduces the appearance of excess melanin on all surface layers of the skin; reduces the appearance of dark spots: Clinically proven, even on stubborn dark spots. Dark spots are visible reduced in size and color intensity, and signs of discoloration start to disappear
Vichy's products, though well-intentioned, are incapable of addressing several common problems. About all you can expect from most Vichy moisturizers is relief from dryness. That's it. Every product's claims "talk the talk," but they cannot possibly walk the walk because what's in them is, for the most part, standard, and without any research behind it to show that it makes a difference.
A big-deal ingredient for Vichy is their Thermal Spa Water. It is said to reduce irritation, strengthen skin's natural defenses, and provide free radicalquelling activity thanks to its trace minerals and salt. There is no substantiated proof to support these claims, save for a somewhat primitive chart Vichy provides to show this water helps reduce cutaneous signs of irritation (what it was compared to, if anything, is unknown). Two other L'Oreal-owned brands, Biotherm and La Roche-Posay, have similar special waters, each claiming to be mineral-rich. Yet if these are so unique and wonderfully beneficial for everyone's skin, why don't all L'Oreal-owned lines such as Lancome, L'Oreal, Kiehls, SkinCeuticals, and The Body Shop, use them, too?
As expected, there are some bona fide winners among Vichy's products, but using Vichy exclusively with the expectation that their products have the answer to whatever your skin needs to have fixed is like thinking green tea is the only food your body needs.
Note: Vichy is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Vichy does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
For more information about Vichy, owned by L'Oreal, visit www.vichy.com.
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