Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Guest Post! See Spot Run

Hey everyone! After getting to spend some time with my awesome sister Kelly a.k.a Pup over the Christmas holiday, I learned she has some strong opinions on a new skincare product- a dark spot corrector. It's something I've never tried, so I asked if she'd write up a guest blog... and she did! I'm so thankful to have a great sister like Pup, and if you'd also like to benefit from her awesomeness, I'd encourage you to follow her blog (about art, cooking, and more), and check out her website. You can tweet her, too. Take it away, Pup!

Photo of Pup and her "sunbrella" visiting the St. Louis botanical gardens.
Pup uses a sunbrella because she is hardcore.

Here's how alarmingly white I am: one summer day I walked into a store and saw a woman stage-whisper to her friend, "SHE'S SO WHITE!"

When I buy any kind of makeup where you've got to match it to your skin tone, I always pick the one all the way over on the left side, and it usually has an exciting name like Ivory or Fair.

Which is fine! I've made it my thing.

A few years ago, however, a few small tan blobs decided to crash my pale party. A shade or two darker than my normal skin tone, they appeared seemingly from out of nowhere, landing on the top of my cheekbones and later on my forehead and above my top lip. This was annoying, as I stay out of the sun and always use sunscreen. The last time I purposely tried to get a suntan was 1986. So maybe this was payback for some 1985 tanning incident. I'm not sure. But since then, I've attempted to get rid of the dark spots or at least tried to cover them up.

Nothing made them fade. Actually, it's not like I tried everything, because there are a lot of products out there claiming to solve this kind of problem. I used a couple of them for a while, saw zero spot reduction, got discouraged, and gave up. I became bitter--stupid lying beauty companies preying on women's insecurities!--and stopped buying them altogether. Because who needs another $22 jar of partially-used, worthless face cream rolling around in a drawer? Clearly nothing would ever make the brown spots go away, and I decided to stop wasting my money.

A couple of years passed with me silently hating the brown spots and dutifully dabbing concealer on them every morning.

Then a few months ago I wanted to be zombie Elizabeth Taylor for Halloween and stopped by a drugstore for some cosmetic supplies. While I was browsing the aisles, intimidated by the stupefying array of beauty products that my sister could undoubtedly navigate with ease, I came across Garnier's Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector. It came in a hefty 1.7 ounce tube and cost around $15. Surrounded by other skincare products that cost almost twice as much, it kind of popped out at me. I thought of Garnier spokeswoman Sarah Jessica Parker, who always seemed to say Garnier's tag line "take care!" like she actually kind of meant it and never came across as someone actively out to rip me off. Since I was in a splurge-y,wacky, today-I'm-gonna-be-a-zombie! mood, I decided to give it a try.


And it worked. It freaking worked!

I dabbed the pearly, semi-runny product, which has a mild citrus scent, on my cruddy little botches twice a day, and within four days I saw a noticeable improvement. Four days! The spots were fading, and a lot faster than the box claimed they would. It said [paraphrasing from foggy memory] that I should see improvement in about a month, and the spots should be gone in two months. It's two months later, and I'm still using the product but not as often as the spots are basically gone. I'm not sure they'll return if I stop using it altogether. I later learned that you're supposed to use the product all over your face, but...just dabbing it on the spots worked for me!

Before I wrote this review, I did a little Internet research and found that some people love this product and some people don't. So please know that while I was one of the lucky ones, you might not be. If so I'm sorry and I know how you feel. But if you try Garnier's Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector, at least you're not going to be out $50 like you would be if you bought Clinique's new dark spot corrector. (It could very well work perfectly, but I'd never spend that kind of money on a questionable product that, heck, I just can't afford to buy in the first place.)

***** Five stars, Pup says check it out, although your mileage may vary.



Thanks for the review, Pup! Have you tried this product? Feel free to share your experience with others in the comments section. Have a great day!


40 comments:

  1. I bought this product hoping it would help with red marks from old acne. I've used it on and off for around a month and haven't seen much improvement. :(

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    1. I never use it, but now get interested to use it. Let's See What Happens

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  2. I've seen a lot of ads for this so I really want to try it. Great to see it worked for someone! I usually have a hard time finding new products here though but I'll look harder next time.

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  3. Good to know. I started seeing spots on my face too. Yuck!

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  4. I use this product and love it. Its a part of my routine. Thanks to your sister for sharing

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  5. This came just at the right time. Just yesterday I was contemplating what dark spot corrector I wanted to try. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  6. well, I've been using this product for about month. I've seen some fading of my spots but nothing significant. I will keep using it till it runs out and hope I'll see results soon.

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  7. Thanks, Pup! I too am fighting dark spots and acne scars. I have one on each cheek but my upper lip was looking like I had a mustache. :( I went to my dermatologist and he said "It's melasma from being pregnant." Well thanks, but I've never been pregnant. Oh, then hormones, here's a prescription for $180 cream. Well that sat on my desk for months, but after crying over these spots one too many times, my hubby made me go get the cream. It was horrible!! Made my skin flake and peel like paper AND didn't do anything to get rid of the spots. So on to a few more products, including Clinique & Elizabeth Arden & a few drug store kinds. I often go without makeup so I was very bothered by these spots. At the suggestion of a Sephora salesperson I tried Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum. It worked!! They are significantly lighter but it seems to have hit a plateau. I added coconut oil to the routine and that is helping too, but I will definitely try this product. Thanks so much for the post!!

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  8. I am going to go pick this up! I just started noticing dark spots on my skin. Thanks for the review!

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  9. I'm glad I'm not the only one who avoids tanning :)

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  10. I can identify with Kelly a.k.a. Pup and Kate. The dermatologist told me I had melasma. And not wearing much sunscreen (except for on days to the lake) probably contributed most the the spots on my cheeks and cheekbones. He recommended Hydroquinone 4%, which is around $40 with a prescription and no insurance. Or I could buy a plethora of them at drugstores, walmart, sephora, etc for about $8-70 dollars- but according the him, those have only 2% and are probably less effective. I will definately try this out ...perhaps it also has some hydroquinone. Thanks for this post :)

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  11. I use this product on post acne red marks and it works wonders, but it only works if you use it super religiously (and by that, I mean don't skip a single application). I have trouble with stuff that I have to be so dedicated to, but it was worth it. I only used it on my spots, like Pup, and those old marks are completely gone. It's definitely not something you can be wishy-washy about using, but if you are willing to truly commit, you will most likely see results.

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  12. Thanks for all the comments, ladies! Looks like I got lucky with this one, and if you try it, I hope you do, too!

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  13. I love this stuff!!! I saw results in about five days!

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  14. I enjoyed reading this post so much! I hope your sister blogs more on beauty! She has a sense of humor that just shines through her blogs and makes it really interesting and fun to read.

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  15. lol "she has an umbrella cause she is hardcore"
    but yeah, i have a couple of spots that annoy me so im definitely going to check this out!
    GREAT POST PUP!!

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  17. Great review! I love Pup's guest blogging, please feature more! :)

    So funny-- When I saw the picture I thought "wow her skin is like porcelain!" --then I read the "She's so white!" paragraph LOL

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  18. Shut up! I am also quite pale and have a couple dark spots on my cheekbones that bother me. I will give this a try. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  19. I too am glow in the dark aka "the china doll". I discovered a "sunspot" on my left upper check this summer. I let it go until the fall when I finally saw a dermatologist. I was prescribed Retin-A 0.025%. Best $25 I have ever spent. It's been about 3 months and I still have 1/3 of the tube left. =))


    -J

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  20. LMAO, like Pup, I am "HARDCORE" with the sunbrella. My friends laugh at me but I don't care. This is an added challenge as I live in Florida. I love creamy white skin ala Karen Elson so much better than a tan. The importance of sunblock daily can not be overrated. Thanks for giving we milky hued girls a shout out.

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  21. I am super impressed with Pup's dedication. I, too, am very fair-skinned, and have applied daily sunscreen to my face for 10-15 years (I'm 30 now). My friends called me "Casper" (like the friendly ghost) in middle school. I have overheard other girls complain about being "pale" when they are probably at least 5 shades daker than I am. I'm glad to see anyone who is dedicated to protecting their skin when so many people still try to get a tan every year (and on purpose no less). Fair skin is beautiful too! I have a lot of freckles but they don't bother me. However, I do have a new-ish freckle/sunspot on my chest that showed up just in the last 3-4 years. It's not skin cancer; don't worry, I checked! But it does bother me when I wear somthing with a low neck. I'll have to check out the Garnier cream. Thanks for the idea!!! By the way, I enjoy both blogs immensely!

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  22. I've been thinking about trying out a dark spot corrector!! Recently, I've been using pure vitamin E oil and it's worked out well, for those who haven't seen any improvement using correctors =). And considering this is in the drugstore, I'm much more willing to try it out!! Thanks =)

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  23. Props to her for being pale and proud! I'm also very fair skinned and people are SO RUDE about it. You'd think people knew enough not to comment on the color of people's skin, but apparently those rules don't apply to the pale people. Oh well, we'll be skin cancer free later on!

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  24. atrocious experience with Garnier dark spot corrector :( I'm one of the very unlucky ones. It totally demolished my face and brought me back to pre-accutane skin. had to see my derm, who's been helping me get back to normal without taking accutane again, but WHEW. it was an immediate NO NO for me.

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  25. OMG I have been contemplating on buying this product over the past month. I have brown spots from old acne. $15 is better than $50 Thank you Pup for your review!!!

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  26. I know from previous uses of Garnier that they're really great and I've been wanting to try the spot remover one. Good to know that it is just as equally good. Thanks pup! :)

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  27. I will need to try this. I tried the Clinique and Lancôme spot corrections and wasted quite a chunk of change for no results. Thanks for the review!

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  28. thanks!! I have 2 large 'freckles' on my forehead, and really want them gone, I'll have to try this!!

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  29. thanks!! I have 2 large 'freckles' on my forehead, and really want them gone, I'll have to try this!!

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  30. hey Emily! I nominated you for a top ten award on my blog! I hope you will come and grab your badge and also do the tag! love the blog and the vids of course too!

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  31. I have used this product for a few months now and haven't really seen a noticeable difference. Maybe you have be really fair skinned for it to work.

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  32. Thanks, Kelly! Gonna try this out.

    PS- loved Bun's halloween costume and I'm too lazy to go and comment that on your blog. :)

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  33. I tried this also after being bitterly disappointed by the Clinique version and I have to say that the Garnier is WORKING for me as well. I am only putting it on my spots..but they are lighter..and it has been less than a week. Thanks for the review Kelly and Emily!

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  34. Soo awesome definatly going to be picking this up next store run ! (:

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  35. So I just started a youtube review for the product...I did break a little but I think that was from not washing my face at night... But um yeah! please check out my video and tell me what you think..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJNAVadWhsM&feature=youtube_gdata

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