This one time, in 2012, I spent nine months backpacking through Europe without wearing any sunscreen. I know. I was 19.
Being a fair redhead who usually burns driving through Maccas drive thru, I lapped up the whole 'the sun is weaker here' spiel, and got so excited about being able to tan that I decided to only use cheap sunscreen oils and sprays. And nothing over SPF 4 (yep, that's a thing).
That trip gave me a lot of things. Including what I call my Europe sleeves - orangey brown speckled sleeves covering the skin over my shoulders, neck, chest and the back of my arms.
If only I'd known I'd still have that sun damage and pigmentation 10 years later.
So, when cosmeceutical brand Aspect asked if I'd like to try a sample of their new body pigmentation punch product ahead of its launch, I said DEAR GOD YES PLEASE because, it was quite literally made for me and my Europe sleeves.
But can a $49.50 body moisturiser really get rid of pigmentation on your arms, back, chest and dec? And could it be as effective as professional pigmentation treatments?
Here's my Aspect Pigment Punch Body review, including before and after photos showing my real results after months of use.
What Is Hyperpigmentation?
Firstly, a quick refresher from dermal clinician Yads Galarza Cauchi to answer, what is pigmentation and what causes hyperpigmentation?
"Pigmentation refers to colouring of the skin and is generally caused by an excessive production of melanin (melanin is the natural pigment that gives our skin its colour)," she said in a recent Beauty IQ article about treating pregnancy hyperpigmentation.
"Hyperpigmentation is a condition where areas of the skin become darker in colour compared to the skin that surrounds it, making the overall appearance of the skin look uneven and sun damaged. Things like hormones, skin injuries, inflammation and the big one, sun exposure, can trigger melanin production, resulting in hyperpigmentation."
You can learn more about ingredients that treat hyperpigmentation in our YouTube video below.