|Above: The Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector comes in an airtight pump container; it dispenses the perfect amount of product and is magnificent for travel.|
|Above: Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector retails for $125 and contains .5 ounces of product.|
A little over a month ago, I posted a PREVIEW (which details the purpose and active ingredients etc.) of the Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector. In light of the fact that I seem to herald the praises of LMdB Peau Vierge multiple times a month (it is indeed my singular non-negotiable skincare step), I was beyond thrilled when it was announced that LMdB was releasing a version of the formula targeted to diminish dark spots and uneven skin tone resulting from sun damage and post-acne scars.
INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Isopropyl Myristate, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Stearic Acid, Retinol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Phosphates, Hexylresorcinol, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polysorbate 20, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Sorbitan Tristearate, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Trideceth-6, Disodium Edta, Decylene Glycol, 1,2-hexanediol Phenoxyethanol
|Above: A mostly makeup-free moment (aside from Peau Vierge #2 and some translucent powder)...this was taken right before starting my 28 day trial. As the image demonstrates, I deal with sun damage-induced freckling and unevenness.|
The source of my unevenness stems from some rather regrettable sunscreen-free summers at the beach...although I've worn a minimum of SPF 30 for years now, I am still paying for less vigilant times with freckling and dark spots, especially on my forehead, nose and upper cheeks.
LMdB recommends using this product for 28 days to reach optimum results...because I tapered my application over the course of time, I gave it a nearly five week trial before deeming it time to officially weigh in on my experience.
The following is a breakdown of the process and results, week by week:
Week 1: I applied this once in the morning, followed by Peau Vierge #2 and foundation etc. and once at night; this was my sole skincare item used in the evening. During this first week, I noticed that my skin became a bit warm and tight-feeling, however, it was also quite smooth.
Week 2: About halfway through this week, I reduced my application to once daily (at night) due to the reaction I was having to the retinol. My skin was becoming a bit dryer and, even though I didn't peel per se, I felt it wise to honor my sensitivity by using a bit less product. My skin was even smoother (and almost glass-like) texture-wise and my pores seemed a bit smaller.
Week 3: At this point, I reduced application to three times a week (nightly) and noticed that my unevenness began to show signs of fading. Also, using it three times a week seemed to be optimum for reaping the benefits of the product's potency, while keeping my skin balanced and non-reactive.
Week 4: I maintained a three times a week (nightly) application routine and was pleased to see some of my upper cheek/nose freckles lighten and fade. I also continued to note refinement in the texture of my skin.
Week 5: I have integrated the LMdB Dark Spot Corrector into my regular routine, and now use it twice a week at night to maintain results. On the nights I don't use it, I apply Sunday Riley Good Genes (which uses lactic acid to refine the skin) as a night treatment. The two products seem to compliment each other; together, they work in conjunction to encourage my skin to be bright, even and smooth.
In closing, some of my sun damage has faded considerably; I am hopeful that with extended use, my freckles and unevenness (especially on my forehead) will continue to lighten! Overall, my skin is brighter, clearer and smoother. I recommended this to anyone hoping to smooth skin texture and catalyze the reversal of sun damage without a strong prescription (like Retin-A or Hydroquinone); for those willing to put in the effort to be consistent and diligent in their fight against dark spots, this product is a gem!
**PR sample provided for review, however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. This post contains affiliate links; my disclosure policy contains additional details on how these work.