kiehl's photo-age corrector high-potency spot treatment

Photo: Courtesy Kiehl's

In the middle of New York Fashion Week craziness, we were introduced to a brand new skin-enhancing anti-ager from one of our favorite lines, Kiehl's. It's in the Kiehl's Dermatologist Solutions line and it's called Photo-Age Corrector High-Potency Spot Treatment.

What does this spot treatment correct? One of our most-hated signs of aging and photo damage -- hyperpigmentation. We have experienced garden-variety age spots, acne scarring and melasma from pregnancy and we haven't tried anything over-the-counter that has significantly helped to diminish the discoloration.

Enter Photo-Age Corrector High-Potency Spot Treatment, designed to combat two of the main triggers of melanin (naturally-occurring pigment in skin cells) production, by decreasing already-visible discoloration and inhibiting discoloration that has yet to present itself.

It works on visible spots with the light-reflecting minerals mica, titanium and bismuth oxychloride, micro-fine beads that mechanically exfoliate surface melanin and L-Ascorbyl Glucoside -- a stable form of vitamin C -- which promotes brightness and collagen production.

So what does it do to prevent new pigmentation? Ascorbyl Glucoside and Sakura leaf extract (popular in Japanese skin-lighteners) slow the production of tyrosinase (an enzyme responsible for creating melanin). Then the Ascorbyl Glucoside and Plum Fruit extract help to slow the migration of melanin from deeper to upper layers of skin. Finally, the Ascorbyl Gucoside and Ellagic acid (a derivitave of vitamin C) act as powerful anti-oxidants which help prevent oxidative (pigmentation) damage from free radicals and promotes cell turnover.

And the corrector boasts clinical results to be proud of -- within four weeks of use 89 percent of women reported more even skin tone and 96 percent saw more overall radiance. Plus it works safely on skin of all ethnicities, not just caucasian, as many versions of this type of product do.

We're starting a new regimen with Kiehl's Photo-Age Corrector and major sunscreen (hello, UV rays are the most common cause of age spots) today (expect an "I Tried It" soon).

Buh-bye summer beach days, hello fall shopping.

For more on curing your summer skin sins, check out this advice from Dr Zien Obagi.