I Tried Undoing 10 Years Worth of Sun Damage With This $50 Body Pigmentation Moisturiser

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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.

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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.

What Is Aspect Pigment Punch Body and How Does It Treat Hyperpigmentation?

Aspect Pigment Punch Body 118ml is a body version of the brand's cult face pigmentation serums Aspect Pigment Punch and Pigment Punch+.

Think of it as an active skincare treatment combined with a hydrating body moisturiser that can treat skin texture, dullness and dehydration.

But its main job is brightening the skin and minimising the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark spots and age spots on your arms, chest, back, neck and décolletage.

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Here's a rundown of the main active ingredients (meaning ingredients that can legitimately change your skin):

  • Tyrostat-11™ (Rumex Occidentalis and L-Ascorbic Acid) - A powerful complex with an effective but stable form of Vitamin C to help brighten and even out skin tone. You'll find the same complex in the original Aspect Pigment Punch and Pigment Punch+ serums.

  • Bellides™ (Daisy Flower Extract) - An ingredient said to help illuminate the appearance of skin.

  • Lactic Acid - A gentle, hydrating AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that exfoliates to smooth skin texture and brighten the appearance of dark spots.

  • Shea Butter - An emollient ingredient that delivers and locks in moisture to hydrate the skin.

Because Pigment Punch doesn't use any forms of vitamin A to treat hyperpigmentation, it's considered safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. But always run the ingredients list past your obstetrician first to be sure.

My Aspect Pigment Punch Body Review.

I’ve been applying this moisturiser as directed to my shoulders, upper arms and neck every night for around 14 weeks (since mid-September 2020). I moved onto my second tube around week 10 and you know I 100 per cent cut open the first one to scrape out all 118ml.

The product looks and feels exactly like a body lotion. It has a silky consistency - thicker than a lotion but thinner than a cream - that sinks into the skin fairly quickly after rubbing in.

I didn’t experience any stinging, tingling or sensitivity like you might when popping a pigmentation serum or treatment on your face. It does have a noticeable citrusy scent from the L-Ascorbic acid.

Aspect Pigment Punch Before and After.

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Here are two photos that show my progress so far. The results are definitely subtle, but I’ve noticed the colour of the hyperpigmentation has faded slightly. My skin looks a bit less speckled (the freckles are more distinct and less mottled), and the overall skin brightness has improved.

As you can see, you won’t get overnight results using this product. Sun damage doesn’t work like that - it might’ve only taken two weeks in Spain to pop up on your chest, but getting rid of hyperpigmentation can take months (or years) of consistency and patience.

Don't spend your money on any product that promises otherwise.

The only real way to speed up hyperpigmentation treatment is with several professional, in-clinic options like Fraxel laser done over a consistent period of time. If you're in a rush to treat body pigmentation for an occasion and have the budget, see a dermatologist or dermal clinician to sort out a treatment plan (if it's for your wedding, start planning 12-16 months out from the date).

What you will get from using Aspect Pigment Punch Body 118ml consistently as directed is a gradual and realistic improvement in the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark spots and age spots, as well as overall skin texture. But there's a catch...

The real kicker when it comes to trying to get rid of hyperpigmentation is.. you can't ever really 'get rid of it' for good. Increased sun sensitivity is a by-product of using an active pigmentation skincare product like this one, so wearing SPF 50+ sunscreen is even more important.

Translation: Any time spent in the sun not wearing sunscreen and protective clothing, and you're right back to square one.

If you’re keen to start treating any kind of pigmentation, but especially on your body, I’d recommend waiting until autumn or winter when you're less likely to be outdoors in the sun, unless you know you can commit to being really diligent with sun protection (otherwise, might as well squeeze the tube out into the bin).

So, what's my verdict on Aspect Pigment Punch Body? I’ll continue using this product because it’s easy, convenient and I’m happy with the realistic, gradual results I’ve seen so far.

At $49.50 for 118ml, it's also more cost effective than professional treatments with no downtime, and a lot more affordable than using your exxy 30ml face pigmentation serums on your body.

The only thing this product can’t do is go back in time and tell my 19-year-old self to ditch the SPF 4 tanning oil and chuck on a bloody long sleeve linen shirt. Damn.

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*SPF is only one part of sun protection! Always seek shade, and wear sunnies, a hat and protective clothing. Use sufficient sunscreen for all unprotected areas and reapply sunscreen as directed. Always read the label. Relating to testimonial-like content around SPF products, these opinions are solely those of the individuals involved, and not of Adore Beauty as a business.

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