Though my sun-worshipping days are long over, my skin seemed to be increasingly showing the unwanted effects of those long summer days at the beach or by the pool. Those pesky dark spots kept appearing out of nowhere. While I generally have always had “good skin”, the compliments I used to get had just about dried up. My complexion was looking dull and lifeless. So…I went on a mission to regain even a degree of the radiant skin from my younger days.
I decided the best approach was a multi-faceted one; to tackle it from all fronts:
- Get more sleep! A solid 8 hours every night.
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated – my goal was the standard 8 cups a day. Adding a bit of flavor with citrus fruit and mint made it much more appealing.
- Up my intake of antioxidant-rich fresh fruits and vegetables. So many of my favorites are on the list, so this wasn’t hard. The berry trifecta – blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries at breakfast, cherries, papaya, and red grapes (even my red wine with dinner counts) all made my fruit list. Broccoli, spinach, kale, avocados, and carrots were all in the rotation.
- Topical nutrition day and night. I was now feeding my skin from the inside, but I needed to find the optimal skin care treatments to address my concerns.
European skin care brands are my go-to. And I always look for products with naturally-derived ingredients and no harmful chemicals. My online search uncovered what I felt could be the perfect pair to revive my dull, uneven complexion – from the Swiss brand, Arise found at Snow Flower Chic.
I selected their Whitening Day Fluid and Whitening Night Cream from the Anti-Aging collection, both formulated with Arise’s signature Swiss Alpine Edelweiss, a flower whose extract has powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are incredibly important to reduce and counteract free radical production, which contributes to skin aging. They protect your skin and promote a brighter, more even complexion, while combatting fine lines and wrinkles too.
Both the Whitening Day Fluid and Whitening Night Cream are also powered by Swiss Garden Cress Sprouts. This tiny edible herb packs a high concentration of phytonutrients that inhibit pigmentation, helping prevent the formation of melanin for a brighter, more luminous skin tone – for a one-two punch against those spots. The Day Fluid features the space-age sounding Galactoarabinan, an ingredient that is sourced from the Larch Conifer Tree and which gently activates cell turnover for a healthy looking radiant glow. The Night Cream offers a richer creamy texture and boasts cold-pressed Shea Butter for soothing, plumping hydration (and, yes it’s an antioxidant too).
After several weeks of my “new routine”, I can happily say that my skin has a newfound glow and my dark spots seem to be fading a bit. I’ll definitely keep it going and await the compliments!