9 May 2013

Product Review: Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener

When I was younger I struggled with my skin constantly breaking out, and while it is luckily under control now and I only get the odd smaller breakout, it has left me with some darker marks from the past acne. And well, then moving to Australia over a decade ago, hasn’t been kind to my pale Scandinavian skin, and I am sadly seeing an increasing amount of pigmentation – and well, at over 33 weeks pregnant, I’m sure some of it is probably pregnancy related too. Anyway, here’s my thoughts on the *Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener; 

What They Say:

Physicians Formula Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener is a potent serum that targets signs of uneven skin tone and helps address the evidence of sun damage: dark spots, dark patches and skin stresses. Anti-oxidant formula can help inhibit the appearance of uneven pigment formation. Specialised ingredients target surface darkening and exfoliate it away. Works to keep skin looking brighter, more uniform in tone.

RRP: $29.99 (30ml) – Available from Priceline

What I Say:

A little while ago I reviewed the Physicians Formula Deep Wrinkle Corrector Day & Night Cream Formula Rx 121, if you've missed that review, you can see it here - so I was excited to also be trialling the Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener.

Physicians Formula claims that the Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener will make you look 6 years younger in 4 weeks!! I like the sound of that.

Physicians Formula claims that the effects are;

100% felt skin looked firmer, smoother & more radiant instantly & long-term.
100% felt skin looked brighter instantly, 89% saw less fine lines instantly, 85% felt under eye circles appeared less dark.

After 2 Weeks:
96% felt skin was more moisturised.

After 4 Weeks:
96% felt dark spots appeared less visible & skin tone was more even, 93% felt skin appeared lifted, and 71% saw less deep wrinkles.

That sounds like some pretty impressive claims, and well, as mentioned above, I do have not only increasing pigmentation, but sadly I’m also at the age where lines and wrinkles are slowly settling in, and bags under my eyes seems to be the norm. And well, being 33 weeks pregnant, and rarely getting a good night’s sleep, definitely doesn’t help either.

The key ingredients in the Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener are;

- 4.0% Phytonutrient & Soy Isoflavone Complex, which claim to work on reducing the appearance of dark spots without affecting the surrounding skin.

- 2.0% Laminaria Algae Complex, said to improve skin's ability to recover from environmental damage.

- 2.0% Hydrolyzed Pea Peptide Blend, plant stem cells that create a nurturing environment for collagen.

- 2.0% Bellis Perennis Flower Extract, anti-oxidant that targets melanin for brighter, more even looking skin.

My first impression of the Dark Spot Corrector & Skin Brightener is that it looks like a very luxurious product. It comes in a robust white plastic bottle with purple writing and a sturdy silver pump. I always love it when moisturisers come in a pump bottle, as I simply find them so much easier to use.

The cream is to be used after cleansing morning and night, and as it does not contain any SPF, it is recommended to always follow with a moisturiser with SPF during the day.

The cream has a purple tint, and it has a slightly strange scent – almost like a bottle of red wine that has gone off!! Not particularly pleasant, but luckily this scent does fade once the cream has absorbed into the skin, although it does not seem to completely disappear.

The actual cream is a little thick and does take a few minutes to fully absorb into the skin, but then it does leave the skin feeling soft and smooth, and without leaving behind any greasy residue. It is quite concentrated so two small pumps is more than sufficient to cover my face and neck.

During the day, I use it under my usual moisturiser, and it seems to be the perfect foundation, as it doesn’t make any difference to the appearance or staying power of my makeup. At night, I use my usual night cream on top, - but I only do so as now heading towards winter I can already feel my otherwise combination skin getting a little drier, so I feel I need the extra moisture. In the summer part of the year when my skin seems a little greasier, I could easily imaging the cream being more than sufficient on its own at nighttime

And when I take my makeup off at night, my skin still feels soft and smooth, and so does it when I wake up in the morning. My skin does not feel greasy or congested, as it sadly often does when I use concentrated anti-ageing creams and serums, and I have not experienced any additional breakouts which is a great bonus too.

So what is my verdict after using the cream for over a month? Do I look 6 years younger? I wish!! But again, also keep in mind that I have been trialling this cream in a period where there is increased tear and wear on my body due to my pregnancy, and that I am increasingly struggling getting a good night’s sleep, which all up certainly doesn’t help one bit in the looks department, I simply often look tired and worn out – so maybe the wrong time to cast a verdict!!

But in saying that, I have noticed that a few of the dark marks that I’ve had from previous pimples, do seem to have faded in appearance, while other pigmentation marks, and in particularly one larger patch on my forehead, have also diminished in size and seem to have lightened in colour. As for my overall skin tone, I am not sure if the cream has had any effect. But my skin feels soft and moisturised, and does give the impression of being more plumbed, especially one larger expression line between my brows!!

At $29.95 for a 30ml bottle of anti-ageing cream, I find that this is a good value for a cream that is so concentrated that it will last you quite a while. And while I may not look 6 years younger, it does seem to have worked some magic on my skin, so I have no doubt that with continued use it will show even further results.

* Product was kindly provided for consideration, and has reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy. 

Have you tried any of the skincare products from Physicians Formula? Do you suffer with pigmentation and uneven skin tone? What do you use to treat it?


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  1. Nice detailed review!
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  2. I tried this also and definitely didn't look 6 years younger, hehe. Unfortunately it wasn't the best match for my oily skin so I'm not really a fan, but agree for the price it's a valuable option for those who may wish to combine it with the whole Physicians Formula Aging regime, it may prompt better results :-)

    1. No, sadly I'm still looking for that one product that truly can make me look years younger ; -)


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