Triathlon must be one of the hardest Olympics events, and it puts me in mind of hyperpigmentation treatments for their endurance (you are in for the long haul if you are serious about treating age spots) and multitasking (several lines of attack are required to brighten skin tone and prevent incremental damage). So the Truth In Aging Olympics awards its favorite skincare triathletes with the Gold going to Lumixyl Topical Brightening Crème. Newcomer E’shee Intensive Brightening takes the Silver and Prana A claims our Bronze Medal.  And you will really be on a winning streak if you use them with green LED light (see our Beauty Tools Olympics winner, Ultra Renew)

Lumixyl Topical Brightening Crème ($120). Without resorting to hydroquinone, Lumixyl has a non-toxic profile and multipurpose technology, developed by dermatological researchers at Stanford University. As well as helping fade dark spots, it prevents future ones. Lumixyl relies on a synthetic peptide, comprising a sequence of amino acids, as its primary defense against hyperpigmentation, and it also incorporates time-honored ingredients, such as licorice, believed to aid in treating discoloration. Read the full review

E’shee Serum Intensive Brightening ($119 in the TIA shop). Expect results with diligent use for at least three months. It seems to work best on localized areas of irregular melanin distribution – such as a melasma patch or a dark spot – rather than lightening the overall skin tone. The key ingredient is an unusual one called m-tranexamic acid. It works synergistically with vitamin C that is the other active in this simple but potent formula. Read the full review

Prana Reverse A ($48 in the TIA shop). I am often asked to recommend over-the-counter retinol creams and this is the one that I have no hesitation in putting forward. It isn’t too harsh but it is not namby-pamby either. If you have stubborn areas of aging skin or hyperpigmentation and want a relatively effective over the counter retinal, then this is worth trying out. Use at night as retinyl palmitate is photosensitive. I like this formula because it has a slew of anti-agers and natural ingredients. Read the full review

All TIA Olympics winners will be 15% OFF until the end of the Olympics. Go to the special page in the shop and at check out use coupon code: Olympics

Ingredients in Lumixyl: Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, Bis-Ethoxydiglycol Cyclohexane 1,4-Dicarboxylate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Decapeptide-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Panthenol, Allantoin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Sclerotium Gum, Aminomethyl Propanol, Butylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.

Ingredients in E’shee: Propylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Diglycerin, Ascorbic Acid, m-Tranexamic Acid, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, D-Limonene, Citral, Linalool

Ingredients in Prana: Purified Oxygenated Water, Aloe Vera Gel, Glycerin, DMAE, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin B5, I-Carnosine, Vitamin E, Lecithin, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Hyaluronic Acid, NaPCA, Chamomile Extract, Sage Extract, Horsetail Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Eyebright, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate and Grape Seed Extract