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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Review: Topicals Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel Serum #Topicals #MyTopicals #Faded #Beauty #Skincare #GelSerum #Hyperpigmentation

 (product photo courtesy of www.instagram.com/mytopicals)

1.7 fl.oz./50mL $36.00

Let's face it. Almost everyone suffers from hyperpigmentation and erythema at some point in one's lifetime. When I am speaking about this I am discussing brown spots and redness, either due to sun damage and redness from acne lesions. There are very few products that directly address this problem, which is why I was so excited to try the new kid on the block from the wonderful Generation Z brand Topicals. It is a huge hit on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. And with good reason. This product works. It is chock full of ingredients targeted that penetrate the layers of the skin and directly zap the melanocytes to target hyperpigmentation and erythema so that it fades away, leaving beautifully smooth skin that looks gorgeous once again. 

Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel Serum is great for any age though, not just for Gen Z. I happen to be 49 and I highly recommend running to their website and picking this up. It is great for sun damaged and acne scarred skin. The gel serum fades even the most stubborn marks, scars and spots yet is gentle enough for those who cannot tolerate the more aggressive acids. It balances out skin tone, brightens & revives tired skin, and smooths rough textured skin. And the best part is it doesn't bleach the skin like hydroquinone does. The gel serum contains exfoliating acids, niacinamide and may cause some initial purging of the skin (i.e. acne lesions.) So if you experience a flare-up or two, don't disparage, it is your skin's way of saying good-bye to the gunk in your pores (hair follicles). Look for some texture, bumps and or whiteheads to develop. There shouldn't be any irritation, inflammation, burning or itchiness however. Faded is fragrance-free, dye-free, vegan and cruelty-free. 

What does Faded contain that makes it work so well? It contains the following ingredients:
  • Tranexamic Acid-this acid prevents melanocyte (the cells that produce skin pigment) activation and the initiation of melanogenesis (the process that creates excess pigment in hyperpigmentation); as well as an additional vascular development (pathogenesis of melasma)
  • Azelaic Acid-prevents tyrosine conversion to melanin, scavenges discoloration-causing free radicals in the skin resulting from environmental stress and sun damage
  • Niacinamide-interrupts pigment transfer from melanocytes to the upper layers of the skin where discoloration is visible & scavenges free radicals to help reverse oxidative damage; anti-inflammatory, refines pores and excess oil
  • Kojic Acid-inhibits melanocyte activation and mildly exfoliates skin
  • licorice root- powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory; helps to break down deposits of excess pigment in the skin
  • Centella Asiatica Leat Extract- anti-inflammatory, powerful antioxidant, helps to accelerate wound healing and collagen production
  • Melatonin-interrupts communication between melanocytes and keratinocytes (skin cells); limits melanocyte stimulation, scavenges free-radicals
To use: apply a thin, even layer onto cleansed, dry skin before moisturizing. Gently massage into skin until serum has been absorbed. Use daily or at least 2-3 a week. You will notice that this product smells medicinal in nature, do not be alarmed, it is normal. Make sure to wear at least a SPF30 during the day, every day (rain, snow or sunshine) and moisturize well while using since this product exfoliates the skin well. 

So, how well does it work? I would have to say fairly well. As of late I have been dealing with some major photo damage (sun damage) from past indiscretions with the sun when I was much younger. I haven't actually experienced a sun burn since I was 23 (I will be 50 in April). But this doesn't matter because any damage is cumulative damage. I even had sun poisoning when I was 5 years old. My skin type is a Fitzpatrick I on the dermatological scale (fair with naturally light hair and eyes; always burns). I have been using it for 4 weeks and it significantly faded the dark patches of hyperpigmentation on my forehead and cheek. 

Below are photos of my forehead and left cheek before I started Faded (those were the worst areas):

Here is my forehead and cheek after I have been using Faded or a month:

You can see where it made the most difference is on the center of my forehead and on my cheek. I have some pretty bad hyperpigmentation and there is nothing that is going to take it permanently and completely away. This is all major sun damage. Huge, from years of sun exposure. Some of it is also hormonal changes due to menopause, as it just came out as I entered menopause. I plan on continuing to use Faded twice a day for as long as I viably can and hopefully it will continue to fade my hyperpigmentation. I plan on seeing how far it takes it and will do an update it another month to see if my skin looks any better. So stay tuned for an update in a month or so. I do think that the serum did make a significant difference in my skin, however I have a lot of hyperpigmentation to overcome. It has only been about 4 1/2 weeks and I do think with another continued use  fo4 weeks I will see even better results. 

Topicals Faded Brightening & Clearing Gel Serum is available online from www.mytopicals.com. Follow Topicals on Twitter: @topicals; Follow Topicals on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mytopicals/ and Follow Topicals on TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@topicals_?lang=en.

Until Next Time~

Marie Papachatzis


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