“Sun exposure is the greatest cause of oxidative stress in the skin and the biggest cause of those unwanted skin changes, pigmentation, discolouration and dark spots,” says Lauren Dewsbury, senior research scientist at Vida Glow. She explains that Radiance, with its high quota of vitamins, minerals and botanical extracts and a new active called SkinAx2, is a power tool in your daily arsenal to help brighten up dark spots.
But don’t stop at dark spots – these high-tech supplements are also great at fading other imperfections getting in the way of a clear complexion.
“It can really help with multiple types of pigmentation: melasma, dark spots, skin discolouration post-acne, age spots from chronic sun exposure and dark circles under the eyes,” says Dewbury.
And the results have been impressive. An independent randomised double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial found that after eight weeks skin pigmentation was reduced by 99 per cent, while the melanin index saw a reduction of 15 per cent, meaning less pigment in those dark patches. Aside from dark spots, skin density was also boosted, while moisture levels increased by a whopping 80 per cent.
It’s good news for anyone who has skin that is uneven, dull, tired or lacklustre. Take one capsule a day (with a meal) and Anna Lahey, founder of Vida Glow, says you should see a difference in your skin clarity by the 30-day mark. By 60 days you should be absolutely glowing.
“I have been taking Radiance for a bit over two months and the results came in at about a month,” says Lahey. “[The study showed] a significant improvement within 30 days but the improvements at 60 and 90 days were really quite phenomenal.”
But as with everything, consistency is key. “You need to take this every day,” said Lahey. Particularly because pigmentation, even once dealt with, requires attention to keep it permanently at bay, especially in a country with so much incidental sun exposure.
“Pigmentation conditions are really complex,” says Squire. “There are a lot of different triggers driving things, our biggest issue being the sun, which we have to live with.”
So can we get rid of pigmentation for good?
“The answer is yes you can,” says Squire. “The trickier thing is stopping it coming back and that’s where you need a consistent plan of attack to both reduce the pigmentation and then keep it away.”
If a supplement can help get us there... down the hatch.
This story originally appeared in the October issue of marie claire Australia, out now.