Dark spots, large pores, and fine lines are all relatively common skin phenomena, but some of us prefer to fix these issues instead of living with them. Since I’m a woman of color, hyperpigmentation is one of the biggest “problems” I have with my skin tone, and getting rid of dark spots seems to be more difficult than getting rid of the acne that keeps them. caused in the first place.
Wouldn’t you wish the path to better skin was as easy as falling asleep? Well that’s impossible, but you can create a nighttime skincare routine to wake up with a clearer, more radiant complexion. If you need a new brightening and toning addition to your nighttime routine, let me introduce you to the Ole Henriksen Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Care.
When I came across this cream-textured treatment, I admit that I was a little intimidated by its intensive formula because I have sensitive skin. It contains a 20% blend of alpha and polyhydroxy acids, two chemical exfoliators known for their skin tightening and pore unclogging benefits. According to Joshua Zeichner, a board certified dermatologist in New York City, AHAs penetrate deeper into the layers of your skin compared to PHAs, but both provide brightening and exfoliating results.
âThink of polyhydroxy acids like a bed of nails – you can lie on it and it won’t hurt you because of the large structure,â says Zeichner. âPHAs can be used on all skin types, but are especially useful in dry or sensitive people because they are so gentle. They also have moisturizing properties to provide hydration benefits to the skin. “
Fortunately (and surprisingly) my sensitive skin was able to deal with the very slight tingling of this formula. I have the additions of aloe juice, Nordic birch sap, and cotton water to thank for that: each of these ingredients works to comfort and support your skin while the chemical exfoliators do their job, counteracting that sensation. from stinging to burning that you experience from other powerful skin care products.
This treatment also contains licorice root extract, which Zeichner says has anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. âIt also blocks the enzyme tyrosinase, which is responsible for the production of pigment,â he says.