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Beautycounter All Bright Dark Spot Minimizer Review

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As I’ve aged, skin spots are starting popping up more and more. And while I’m diligent when it comes to wearing a hat or visor if I’m in the direct sun for any extended period of time, dark sun spots and pigmentation still happens. So, since I’m currently pregnant, I know that my melasma will come back. I didn’t have it too bad with my first pregnancy, but it was definitely there and I’ve already seen it start to appear.

However, Beautycounter recently launched a new product that is more targeted for skin pigmentation and I just started using it. So, today, I’m sharing all the details about Beautycounter’s new All Bright Dark Spot Minimizer.

Beautycounter All Bright Dark Spot Minimizer Review

Understanding Dark Spots and Pigmentation

First, let’s talk about what dark spots on our skin really are. Sun spots are also known as hyperpigmentation, which is caused by an overproduction of melanin in the skin. This happens when we have too much sun exposure, skin inflammation, acne scars or even hormonal changes (including pregnancy-induced melasma). While dark spots are very normal and they aren’t necessarily a sign of great skin health. In an aesthetic perspective, no one really prefers them.

What is Beautycounter?

If you aren’t familiar with Beautycounter, it’s a beauty and skincare brand that focuses solely on clean products. They have a “Never List” of ingredients that will never appear in any of their products, and on top of their rigorous safety standards, all of their products are also super high performing. I use Beautycounter for the majority of my skincare routine, and I also use a bunch of their makeup products.

Beautycounter’s All Bright Dark Spot Minimizer

For years, I’ve been using a this Beautycounter Vitamin C serum on my face each morning. It has been super helpful for improving dullness overall and protecting my skin from environmental stressors. While it wasn’t designed for lightening for stubborn pigmentation, the All Bright Dark Spot Minimizer is. The spot minimizer targets skincare products specifically formulated to address dark spots, uneven skin tone, and pigmentation issues. It’s not for your full face like a Vitamin C Serum, but it can treat smaller areas, like a spot treatment.

The All Bright Dark Spot Minimizer is made up of a blend of niacinamide, pomegranate extract, and a super stable form of vitamin C. Beautycounter calls this blend the BrighterTone Complex. This complex helps reduce the appearance of dark spots and discoloration to promote brighter, more youthful looking skin.

Key Ingredients

Ethylated Ascorbic Acid (3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid) – This is one of the most stable forms of vitamin C and it significantly improves the appearance of dark spots over time. (You can read in my review of the All Bright C Serum why the stability of Vitamin C matters more than the percentage.)

Niacinamide – This visibly reduces discoloration, corrects dullness, and brightens the complexion.

Pomegranate Extract – So, this antioxidant superfruit helps visibly renews the skin by improving the appearance of dark spots and blemishes, for a more radiant-looking complexion.

How to use the All Bright Dark Spot Minimizer

The Dark Spot Minimizer works as a serum step in your skincare routine. Start by cleansing your face and applying your toner, apply any of your regular serums and then follow with the Dark Spot Minimizer anywhere necessary. The applicator tip was designed to gently massage the product into your skin.

Let the Dark Spot Minimizer dry for a minute or so, and then follow with your moisturizer and SPF. Because Vitamin C makes our skin more sensitive to the sun, it’s extra important to wear SPF when using this product. (Read my review of the Daily Sheer SPF by Beautycounter for more details about my favorite face sunscreen.)

Results with the All Bright Dark Spot Minimizer

While I haven’t been using this treatment for long enough to see my own before and afters, the clinical trial results speak for themselves. The study was done with 50 subjects who used the product twice a day.

After 4 weeks

82% said it reduced the appearance of post-blemish discoloration.

After 8 weeks

  • 94% said skin looked brighter
  • 88% said complexion appears radiant and luminous
  • 90% agreed complexion appeared balanced

I have a few dark sun spots that I’ve started treating. So, I will share my after photos and thoughts here in a few weeks.


Can anyone use the All Bright Dark Spot Minimizer?

Yes. This spot treatment is great for all skin types. However, like always when using a new product on your skin, it’s best to do a patch test on your arm to see if you have any adverse reactions.

How often should I use it?

You can use this product up to twice daily, in the morning and at night.

Will it irritate my skin?

Vitamin C can be irritating when the potency is too high for your skin type. While you’ll likely be fine, it’s always a good idea to do a patch test, especially if you have sensitive skin.

Final Thoughts

It’s difficult to find products that are truly effective AND only use safe ingredients. This is the main reason I use so many Beautycounter products — they just do it best!

You can save 20% on your first order when you use the code CLEANFORALL20 and TeriLyn Adams as your consultant at checkout. If you want to learn more about Beautycounter, I shared all of my favorite products (and the ones I don’t love) in this review. And if you don’t have a skincare routine you love, fill out this quick questionnaire and I’ll help you.

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