Age spots – and how to fade them

How to stop looking older

Age spots (those nasty big freckles you get on hands) are a dead give-away to anyone’s age.

Customs and Immigration are trained to look at your hands, not your face, to find your true age – although they do admit that they make mistakes when they check therapists working in beauty salons – their hands are in creams all day which helps retard ageing.

However, as if cancer treatment wasn’t enough, you may find your hands in particular covered in ‘age spots’.  This doesn’t do your self-esteem much good, makes your hands look much older, and they are often more noticeable in winter, as there is no sun-tan to help mask them.

Nurses will tell you these are a side effect of chemo or radiotherapy – but won’t have any ideas about helping spots to fade away.  So this is the time to try Clinique’s ‘Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector’ .

I  tried this fluid on a horrid crop of ageing spots, mostly on my left hand for some reason.  At first nothing happened, so I went down to see the girls on the Peter Jones counter, who told me not to worry.  They said that when they received training on using this product, they had been given two bottles, because Clinique said it took time to start to work on spots.

Gradually it seemed as if the skin on my hands was getting lighter – then it became obvious that the fluid was doing its stuff, and my spots were fading away.

I doubt if you will be able to get rid of spots totally -but the dark brown has faded away to a very light brown, with one or two large spots disappearing.  The background skin on my hands is whiter, and I no longer feel I have to hide my hands away (they were a dead give-away).

For the technical, the formula contains Glucosamine and Salicylic Acid to exfoliate and normalise cell turnover, and “assist the departure of surface pigmentation skin cells” etc.  It also contains a Vitamin C derivative. Ascorbyl Glucoside, to “help reduce the appearance of dark spots”.  30 ml  £37.50.

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