Our Rating: 4 stars

If you want a freckle fader, this is it. I had a particularly virulent outbreak of freckles on my nose at the start of the summer and Suki Complexion Brightening Cream ($60.95 in the shop) is bringing them under control after three or four weeks of daily use.

I would guess that one of the active ingredients is white willow extract. This contains salicin, which the body converts to salicylic acid (this is basis of the synthesis for aspirin, but it is also an exfoliant). Rice germ oil is a skin smoother and slow release vitamin C will clarify the complexion. Wasabi extract is a natural preservative and also a potent anti-inflammatory. Antioxidants come in the form of tea, grapeseed and flaxseed.

There is also l-carnitine. I must confess that this is an ingredient I have never really felt I've got to the bottom of. Body builders take it because it is supposed to lower cholesterol, prevent muscle fatigue and breakdown fat. It recently cropped up in Nivea's new cellulite busting cream.

I don't know if Suki will work on stubborn age spots; I imagine patience over many months would be required. Still, I can testify that this really works for sun-kissed skins and rosacea residue.

[Editor's note: This product was renamed the Intensive Nourishing Cream with Brightening Complex]


Organic chamomile (anthemis nobilis), calendula (calendula officinalis) & rose (rosa centifolia) infusions (agua), organic jojoba oil (simmondsia chinensis), organic concentrated food grade aloe vera (aloe barbadensis), organic comfrey extract (symphtutum officinale), organic evening primrose (oenothera biennis), rose hip seed (rosa canina), sunflower (helianthus annus) & rice germ (oryza sativa) oils, 100% natural beeswax (cera alba), time-release vitamin c glucoside (ascorbic acid glucoside), active yeast collagen extract (saccharomyces lysate), organic calendula (calendula officinalis), chamomile (anthemis nobilis) & lavender (lavandula angustifolia) extracts, organic rose wax (rosa canina), organic fair trade shea butter (butyrospermum parkii), organic rose extract (rosa canina), standardized green tea (camellia sinensis) & grapeseed (vitis vinifera) extracts, organic non-gmo lecithin (lecithin), honeysuckle flower extract (lonicera caprifolium), cetearylalcohol, food grade xanthan (xanthan) & arabic (acacia catechu) gums, aroma (pure premium steam distilled essential