I realized then that I had to do something about my skin and that I had to address the root cause of the problem.
There was no choice but to find a solution for the dark spots on my skin.
I went all in and started looking into skincare products that would help diminish dark spots and scarring.
I tried so many things, including these complicated 3 step systems with toners, masks, etc.
And they just were not effective.
So I made an appointment with my dermatologist to see if there was something else I could do.
I explained everything to him (even about my horrible date in Chicago), and he patiently listened, nodding his head the whole time.
When I was done, he told me something that would completely change my life:
"Sarah, there are products out there that have particular ingredients that do work, but they will scorch your skin red and leave it irritated.
Many of these luxury skincare companies boast unrealistic promises after only sprinkling in small doses of expensive ingredients in their products as a marketing ploy."
"What most of these expensive top brands don’t want you to know is that throwing in a bunch of expensive ingredients in a bottle will not yield results.
It all comes down to the right blend.
The right ratio of well chosen, carefully researched scientifically balanced ingredients is critical."
After consulting with my dermatologist, what I’ve learned is that as we age, our skin’s ability to renew and regenerate slows by up to 67% (1).
As frightening as that is, this lack of exfoliation results in the buildup of dead and dirty skin.
Now think about how that skin just sits there, clogging pores and packing into the creases on your face, clinging to whatever healthy skin remains.
Dark spots are amplified when not exfoliated.
In fact, studies show that dark spots can make us look up to 20 years older (1).
That’s why exfoliation is the most important process to ensure our skin remains youthful.
Through the process of exfoliation, dark spots are diminished, and dead skin can be sloughed away to reveal a fresh youthful layer that lies beneath the surface.
While the natural renewal process of skin slows down as we age, it’s still important to continue to exfoliate.
At first, I considered mechanical tools.
I was quickly told by my dermatologist that this would be harmful for my skin and that professional tools should be used by just that...professionals, not me in my bathroom scrubbing away (2).
She even insisted that I could do more harm than help!
Tools can be unintentionally abrasive and can cause micro-tears.
Being that skin becomes delicate over time, choosing abrasive materials to exfoliate can compromise the integrity and cause the same irritation and inflammation that we are trying to avoid.
According to my dermatologist, the best way to exfoliate is with something called alpha-hydroxy acids, or AHAs for short.
What I've learned is that AHAs accelerate exfoliation and diminish fine lines and dark spots without harmfully damaging skin.
What is the premier AHA on the market? Lactic acid.
Lactic acid brightens, smooths, and evens skin while also making it look firmer. It helps reduce the appearance of:
How does it work exactly?
It exfoliates by loosening the bonds between dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant complexion.
If you're wondering how it differs from other acids, like, say, glycolic acid, the lactic acid molecule is actually larger, so it can't penetrate as deeply—instead, you're getting more surface treatment (polishing, firming, exfoliating goodness).
Lactic acid smoothes, brightens and evens out skin tones by loosening up the bonds between dead skin to reveal a more radiant complexion.
Scientifically, the molecules that make up lactic acid are larger, so they won’t rip into the depths of skin.
Instead, they will gently polish skin.
This is good news for those with sensitive skin, though, who'll likely be able to tolerate its effects better.
This isn't just good news for people with sensitive skin, though, because it means lactic acid is also less likely than glycolic or salicylic acid to disrupt the pH of your skin barrier.
But there is more to exfoliation than just lactic acid.
Most skincare products simply do not have the right blend of ingredients to make an impact on the health of your skin.
What most luxury skincare companies don't want you to know is that throwing in a bunch of expensive chemicals in a bottle does not guarantee results.
In fact, most companies just "sprinkle" in expensive, important ingredients to save on cost.
It's a common marketing tactic in the industry.
But it's not good enough.
A high quality skincare product can have lactic acid, but if it is not supported by the proper balance of nourishing botanicals and soothing ingredients, the product will simply not be effective.
In the case of dark spots, an effective skincare product needs to help your skin regenerate skin cells that more closely match your natural skin tone.
To do this, a skincare product needs a variety of powerful, difficult to source ingredients that are not typically found together in most luxury products.
Through my research, I found that the removal of dark spots requires what is called a "tyrosinase inhibitor."
This prevents the enzyme tyrosinase (which is found naturally in our bodies) from over-producing dark pigments in our skin.
This means you can have perfect, even, glowing skin because you can prevent dark spots and hyperpigmentation from happening altogether.
Out of all the hundreds of ingredients tested, scientific researchers have found that licorice is the best inhibitor of the production of tyrosinase, which in turn inhibits the production of dark spots.
High-grade, pure licorice extract and other carefully selected botanicals interact with lactic acid to unlock radiance-boosting effects.
Together with lactic acid, this proprietary botanical blend is a breakthrough in skincare science and can only be found in one product:
Immediately and significantly plumps skin and boosts radiance in just 3 minutes.
Known as the "Instant Overnight Facial," Overnight Star is a powerful multi-purpose anti-aging night treatment that leaves skin with a supple, youthful glow.
What it does:
Skin Type: Safe for all skin types
Size: 1 fl oz / 30 mL
As my dermatologist said, it comes down to the right blend.
Strong exfoliation needs to be balanced with high quality ingredients in the right amounts.
That's what makes Overnight Star so special.
The team of researchers at Glomance has selected high-grade, pure licorice extract and other carefully selected botanicals that interact with lactic acid to unlock radiance-boosting effects.
Together with lactic acid, this proprietary botanical blend is a breakthrough in skincare science and can only be found in Overnight Star.
This nourishing botanical blend is found in no other products on the market today. It includes licorice, aloe, chamomile, lemongrass, and prickly pear.
And it is topped off with one of the most well known hydrating ingredients, hyaluronic acid.
Combined with lactic acid, this powerful botanical blend:
1. Helps diminish the appearance of dark spots, and
2. Promotes elasticity and strengthens the skin barrier, giving the skin a supple, plump feel
Best of all, you will feel more confident and love what you see in the mirror.
Guys, it checks all the boxes:
Powerful AHAs that exfoliate your skin without irritation and soothing, calming botanicals that leave your skin nourished and hydrated and licorice to brighten and plump your skin.
30 seconds after applying the cream to my skin, it began glowing from within.
Instantly luminous...there are no other words.
My skin was baby soft and looked plumper and revitalized.
My skin looked nourished like I haven’t seen in so long.
After 3 weeks, the texture of my skin has dramatically improved, and I feel like there are less indentations.
Before, I could see the unevenness in my skin, and now I feel like it’s a lot smoother.
With so many creams on the market, this one stands alone.
I can confidently testify that there hasn’t been one cream to deliver all of the results that I have been dreaming about.
I feel like I’ve tapped into a highly guarded secret, and what I want you all to know more than anything else is that having glowing natural skin IS possible.
We should not be defined by our age, but we should all be comfortable and love the skin that we are in.
I highly recommend that you give Overnight Star a try.
I’m now at the point where I’m not scared to go makeup-free, guy or no guy.
Oh, and that guy from Chicago?
He blew up my phone with calls and texts when he saw my makeup free selfie on social media.
Needless to say, I didn't respond.
"I swear by this stuff! Tighter skin, smaller looking pores, and more youthful overall. Just turned 40 and after first applying it, I could tell a difference in the appearance of my skin. A total game changer for me."
Alessandra K., age 40
"It’s a must have for every woman who wants beautiful skin! The texture and ease of application are perfect, leaves no residue, makes the skin fresh and smooth, and reduces age spots and lines. Love the scent. It's not overpowering and very clean."
Erica I., age 48
"After the first use I saw a major difference! My skin is softer, and my pores are tighter I had a lot of dark spots on my chin, and my skin looks more even. I saw almost instant results after the first night, and I now use it 3 times a week. Highly recommend this!"
Charlotte L., age 37
1. Matts PJ, Fink B, Grammer K, Burquest M. Color homogeneity and visual perception of age, health, and attractiveness of female facial skin. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2007 Dec;57(6):977-84.
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