I have been on a rollercoaster ride of emotions with my skin over the past three years. It all started with an outbreak of acne-like spots, which brought misery for about a year. I then developed Erythema (skin redness). That didn’t hang around quite as long, but I barely had time to enjoy my clear complexion before melasma struck - brown pigmentation marks triggered by the slightest bit of sun exposure.
Growing up I gave very little thought to skin problems. I looked after my skin and it behaved itself, by and large. But now when I look after it, it doesn’t always play ball – thank you female hormones! I empathise enormously with anyone suffering with skin problems - they can occupy your every thought and deal a massive knock to your self-confidence!
But the innate fighter in me refuses to cave in and accept whatever challenges life throws at me. There is a myriad of treatments available to buy on and off prescription (never be afraid to consult your GP over skin issues – they can refer you to a dermatologist) to help tackle pigmentation.
What is Stratum C Menopause Pigment Correction Gel Specifically For?It’s for addressing existing uneven skin tone, and controlling the formation of new pigmentation, including age and liver spots.
What Causes Pigmentation?It’s the result of melanin or Lipofuscin synthesis in the skin and is worsened by exposure to UV light. The production of this pigment is controlled by an enzyme in the skin called Tyrosinase.
How does the Pigment Correction Gel Work?It contains vitamin C to brighten and Bellis Perennis (a natural plant extract) to reduce the production of Tyrosinase - by 50% in clinical trials! It further contains an olive extract called Oleuropin to both prevent the formation of Lipofuscin and reduce the appearance of existing pigmentation.
There’s also Hyaluron in here to boost hydration levels - particularly useful for ageing skin.
How to ApplyIt’s a gel/serum which you apply up to three times a day, after cleansing and toning. It can also be used on the hands.
Does it Work?The problem with pigmentation is that you can get rid of it, only for the ‘darn thing to come back following the slightest bit of sun exposure. The best way to stop it developing in the first place is total sun avoidance.
That, of course, is undesirable (if not impossible) for most of us. So if you are suffering from melasma or similar then it’s a case of slapping on a broad spectrum SPF30 daily (yes all year round!), and using formulas such as this Stratum C one (you can add oral supplements in to the mix too), particularly just after Summer.
There are a number of pigment correcting formulas around claiming to control the production of Tyrosinase - I’ve used several with varying degrees of success. I’ve been using this Stratum C one for a month (one skin cell cycle), which is really the earliest you’re likely to see any result.
There has been some slight fading back of my few bits of stubborn pigmentation. It’s difficult to see in the before and after pics (below) because I started with comparatively clear skin due to strict sun protection during my August hols in Spain (post here).
|Before Using Stratum C Pigment Gel (L) and 1 Month After (R)|
How much of the improvement is down to the formula though is impossible to say. We’re now firmly into September and there’s much less sun around than there was when I started the trial - plus I’m now back in Blighty!
But what I can say though, speaking as someone prone to developing excess pigmentation, I’d never rely on a sun protection strategy alone! Plus this Stratum C gel is currently at half price at £24.50 (down from £49) for 30ml here - making it easier on the pocket if you fancy giving it try.