Whenever I see the word ” Brightening ” it catches my attention. I love brightening serum so you will always find one or the other such serum in rotation in my routine. Why? You may ask. Not for the purpose of lightening my skin tone but
in fact to lighten the hyperpigmentation which I am so prone to. I also have sunspots on my cheeks and post acne scars on my jaw line which I’m always struggling with.
I have tried hydroquinone and kjoic acid (which is commonly seen ingredient in the commercial brightening/ lightening / pigment reducing serum) in the past and they have definitely helped me but they are not a permanent solution. They work as long as I use them but when I stop these pesky spots come back with vigor. The other reason why I have stopped using them is the harmful long term side effects of using these products.
The Brand : This luxurious natural skincare brand was founded by Tata Harper. All her products are manufactured in small batches in her Vermont laboratory. What I love about the brand is that they manufacture all their products from scratch. No outsourcing of any ingredient from anywhere. All the ingredients are grown in her farm through organic farming and is EcoCert.
Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, Glycerin, Rosa damascena flower water*, Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) seed Oil, Hydroxystearyl Alcohol, Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle) ethyl ester, Glyceryl undecylenate, Leuconostoc ferment filtrate (radish root extract), Arachidyl Alcohol, Sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil*, Leucojum aestivum (Summer Snowflake) Bulb Extract, Ascophyllum nodosum (Norwegian Sea Kelp) Extract, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) extract, Narcissus tazetta (Daffodil) bulb extract*, Phoenix dactylifera (Date) seed extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Lilium candidum (Madonna Lily) leaf cell extract, Anogeissus Leiocarpus (Akulia) Bark Extract, Pancratium maritimum (Sea Dafodil) extract, Menyanthes trifoliata (Buckbean) Leaf Extract, Dunaliella salina (Algae) extract, Brassica Napus (rapeseed) extract, Squalene, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed wax, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Daucus carota sativa (Carrot) root Extract, Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Populus tremuloides (Aspen) Bark Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Glyceryl, Caprylate, Dictyopteris Membranacea (Sea fern) Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan gum, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Hydroxystearyl Glucoside / Glucoside Hydroxystearyl, Cetyl alcohol, Gluconolactone, Aroma**, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Geranioll, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol
Benefits: The site shows a timeline based benefits in the in vivo and in vitro studies-
- 24 hours: REDUCE MELANIN
- Test studies show a reduction in the skin’s melanin content by 36%*
- 3 days: BOOST SKIN RENEWAL
- Proven to boost the skin’s melanin elimination process by 155%**
- 28 days: DECREASE PIGMENTATION
- 86% of users noticed a 41% decrease in skin pigmentation*
- 42 days: LIGHTEN DARK SPOTS
- Users experienced a 63% reduction in the look of dark spots†
All statistics determined by active ingredient clinical data: *Brassica Napus Extract, in vivo, **Norwegian Kelp, in vitro, *Brassica Napus Extract, In vivo , †Sea Daffodil Extract, in vivo
I don’t give much importance to this study since the study which is mainly in vivo and only informs the result of the key ingredients not the serum as a whole.
Packaging: It comes in a nice sturdy glass bottle with the pump packaging.Definitely wins points on this.
Texture : It’s a creamy serum almost of a lotion consistency which spreads easily.
Fragrance: “citrusy” , very refreshing which certainly cheers me up in the morning , it dissipates after few minutes though.
My skin type: Oily/ combination /sensitive / dehydrated in winters which gets congested easily along with post acne hyperpigmentation over the jawline and some sunspots.
The first two products I tried from Tata were the ‘Regenerating Cleanser‘ and the ‘Refreshing Cleanser‘ and both failed to work with my skin. But I received the deluxe sample of this serum with some promotional offer . I wasn’t expecting much from this serum but I was very pleasantly surprised by the texture , the smell and the way it made my skin felt. I didn’t see any brightening for as along as that sample lasted but it looked promising so I gave in and purchased the full size.
How I use this :With over three months of usage, I have used it alone after cleansing and toning , over another serum and under sunscreen during the day. I have also tried it with facial oils in the night. I like to call it as a light hydrating lotion as the consistency is thicker than the traditional serums . It sinks in nicely with absolutely no residue and gives you a dewy glow. I find it sufficient for my combination skin over a hydrating toner and under a sunscreen. It also layers well with the other oil free / hydrating serums I use in the morning. But if I layer it with an oil and sunscreen than my skin feels heavy.
There are few reasons why I don’t use in the night –
- I prefer oils / balms in the night I tried mixing few drops of oil in it but it doesn’t mixes that well. Second reason is its Citrusy aroma which I enjoy in the morning but prefer a calming and relaxing aromas in nights. And the last reason is that I prefer to use acids treatments in the night and I avoid this to prevent over sensitization.
Since it’s a natural product and no matter what any study show, you will not see much lightening in the first week of usage . Therefore using the sample and discarding the product is a futile exercise. In the first week of usage I didn’t have any reaction which is important for me because my sensitive skin reacts very easily with other brightening serum. My skin felt soft in the first week and I started noticing the effect only after 3-4 weeks of usage which is roughly the turnover cycle of the skin cells. You will not see any overnight lightening of your spots with this serum as you see with some products containing hydroquinone. But I prefer the safer way of reducing my hyperpigmentation even if it takes long. After almost three months of usage I can see significant changes in my acne marks and overall in my skin . It looks bright , even toned and post acne hyperpigmentation has faded to a significant amount. It can be due to the synergistic effect of all the other products I’m using in my routine but I definitely see the change in my skin when I stop using it. It’s very important to use a brightening serum with an antioxidant / vit c serum and a sunscreen to prevent future spots. It’s a nice serum for oily/combination skin who don’t want to overload their skin with too many products. Since you need a small amount and it spreads easily the bottle will last you a long time. With the weather getting warmer I’m definitely going to enjoy it more.
Suitable for : All skin types except for sensitive skin – try a sample and do a patch test because even if the product is natural, the essential oils can cause sensitivity.
Will I repurchase : No, for two reasons – price and shelf life. I can’t justify spending 230$ on a serum every 6 months to my wallet, but who knows ? May be on a Friday night with a glass of wine in my hand I’ll order it again 😉
Will I recommend : If you want a brightening, hydrating serum and if you have money to spend then go ahead – splurge , enjoy the luxury.
Price : 230$ for 30 ml with a shelf life of 6 months.
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