Ambi Fade Cream
Ambi fade cream is targeted towards women of color—you’ll need to go to the “ethnic” section of your local drugstore to find it—but really, any woman with skin discoloration (age spots, uneven skin tone) would be smart to use it.
I tan very easily. As in, I wear SPF30-50 on my face, depending on the time of year, and still get plenty of color. Since my early teens I’ve had a problem with uneven coloring. The brown beard look, anyone? The skin on the lower half of my face is a shade or two darker than the rest of my face, which is annoying. Additionally, those pesky “freckles” (age spots) around my cheeks and below my eyes have been giving me cause for concern. I’m for aging gracefully.
There are some great fade products out there, by all the best high-end lines. But since I spend all my money on perfume, I stuck a little closer to home for my cure. Ambi fade cream can be found for less than $10 (I think I might have paid $5), and it feels like a $50 cream. With hydroquinone (the active ingredient to look for in lightening products), Alpha Hydroxy, Vitamin E, and sunscreen, it goes on silky smooth (looks almost pearlescent) and absorbs well. Some people might find that the hydroquinone irritates their skin; I have dry irritable skin, but have no problems with it after a little more than a month of use.
Within two-weeks, my “canary,” a particularly bothersome dark spot under my left eye, was dramatically faded. With a little over a month of daily applications under my belt, my overall tone is significantly more even.
Full disclosure—I also use a 0.025% concentration prescription retinoid weekly, beta hydroxy acid, and a seperate alpha hydroxy acid on my skin, and have for several years. I don’t know if these elements caused the Ambi to work more effectively than it might when used alone, so please keep this in mind if you’re not wowed by your results.
Image is me, freshly washed and not a stitch of makeup. I’m sorry it’s not a better picture, but you can see that my skin looks rather more even than not.