Clinique has always stood out to me as a highly professional & clinical (haha, pardon the pun) brand that may be slightly daunting to first timers in skincare. Rest assured, Clinique is definitely one of the most skin-friendly brand with a team of experts that are so nice, you may mistake them as your friends! Been there, done that! Don't be afraid to approach any of the friendly Clinique counter experts to access the condition of your skin, products can only work for you if it is meant for your skin type. ;)
Awhile back, I had the opportunity to undergo a full skin "checkup" at the Clinique counter and got my skincare regime customised by the experts. My main issue is acne. It is literally the bane of my existence and it NEVER stops coming back. One moment, I will have crystal clear skin and the next, it is like an epic volcano eruption all over. That being said, after clearing up the mess, there is always the aftermath of scarring. So here is when Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer comes into play. Phew, it is a pretty long name for a bottle of skincare, no? Jokes aside, if you are in the market for a product to reduce discolouration on the skin without further aggravating its condition, you may want to stick around to find out more about this futuristic dual chamber serum!
What Is It?
So what is Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer all about? Long story short, it is a skin serum that harnesses a two-pronged approach to reduce the appearance of dark spots whilst calming the skin. Isolated in an opaque air-sensitive chamber, both the Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer Serum are housed in two separate chambers to prevent premature breaking down of product before it reaches the skin. It has a pump dispenser that is meant to dispense an ideal balance of the two for optimal results in 4 weeks.
The Dark Spot Corrector serum houses the famed CL-302 complex that is meant to brighten up and reverse the appearance of pigmentation on the skin. As for the Optimizer Serum, it is a luxurious blend of calming plant extracts which includes a very precious ingredient, Gyokuro. Gyokuro is one of the most expensive green tea variant that is an antioxidant & anti-irritant powerhouse! It not only helps in calming the skin, it also minimizes damage as well as irritation caused by the environment. With the added touch of Gyokuro, Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer is able to effectively repair the skin and erase the signs of dark spots & blemish marks.
My Experience & How I Use It
I will get this out of the way and get straight to the point. If you are looking for a miracle overnight product that will erase all signs of discolouration, this is not your one hit wonder. In fact, if any product claims to do so, PLEASE steer clear away from it. You have no idea how much it takes to remove pigmentation from the skin, there is no such thing as an overnight miracle worker. The fastest and most effective way to remove scars are lasers, but that is not exactly the most affordable option. However, when it comes to Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer, it is a slow but sturdy serum that will gradually lighten up the scars whilst improving the condition of the skin.
Having used it on and off for a couple of weeks now (I will let you know why I took a break), I have seen a noticeable difference in the lightening of my scars as well as improvement in skin texture. It has a lightweight formula that disappears seamlessly into the skin. I like to apply it right before my moisturizer and pat it into the skin for optimal absorption. After 3 weeks, I noticed a visible lightening on my acne scars and noticed that my skin was much more translucent than before. However, as I had a massive breakout after my trip to India, I had to stop using all my skincare products and revert back to my dermatologically prescribed skincare regime to get my skin back in check. Currently, I have occasional breakouts that are more controlled and have slowly incorporated Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer back into my day & night skincare regime.
Approximately one full pump is enough to cover my entire face. However, the pump dispenser can be a bugger because when not in use for an extended period, it will end up dispensing unequal amounts of the two serums (OCD ATTACK!!) Other than that, I can't find any fault with this because it is already designed to perfection. A little additional reminder for those who do not already apply sunblock on a daily basis is TO APPLY A BROAD SPECTRUM SUNBLOCK to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays! Prevention is better than cure. Emphasising more on this because although at a reduced concentration of Grapefruit Peel Extract compared to its predecessor, Derma White, it is still higher than usual and may cause a chemical reaction when exposed to the sun. So remember, always apply sunblock to protect your skin!
I really enjoyed my experience of using Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer. Not only has it improved the condition of my skin, it also shown visible results when it comes to the reduction of my acne scars. Although I am a little sad that I cannot use this during periods when my skin is having an active breakout, I still look forward to incorporating it back into my skincare regime once everything has cleared up. A major plus point goes to it being fragrance-free hence sensitive skin peepz, you need not worry about any irritations! If skin issues like dullness, uneven redness or even if you are just looking to improve the condition of your skin, Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer is your answer. A one hit scar removal wonder? Try lasers instead. ;)
Hope you enjoyed this little article. Thank you for reading!