BEAUTY LAB: BRIGHTENERS
Reggie Aquino, Style Bible Associate Beauty Editor
Problem area: My combination skin has cursed me with monthly breakouts which has allowed me to collect my own fare share of tiny red scars (gross!) which seem to take forever to fade. While actual whitening was not my main concern, I did want to achieve more even-toned skin and better texture.
LANCOME BLANC EXPERT DERM-CRYSTAL
What it is: An ultra light serum that almost feels like water to the touch. The product aims to improve all-around brightness including increasing skin transparency and clarity. Encased in a delicate blue glass bottle with a dropper top, the small amount you need to use everyday allows the liquid to last you a good month! While floral scents often don't mesh well with me, I loved the subtle fragrance of this particular bottle which made me feel good knowing my face smelled that sweet!
Application: After cleansing and toning, I applied the serum on my face and neck and followed with my daily moisturizer. I went through this ritual twice daily for a month. As I mentioned before, it literally felt like water on the skin. Unlike other serums which are slightly denser, this one was totally light and cooling. I also noticed that it disappeared really quickly into the skin and it was therefore really easy to layer on the rest of my skin care and makeup over it.
Results: To be honest, I'm always a bit skeptical about brightening treatments because I never know if they're actually working or my skin is just really behaving. Adding this product to my growing list of everyday products wasn't a hassle at all though because it was entirely weightless to apply.
After the first two weeks I did notice my skin looking a bit brighter, which prompted me to layer on a little bit more of the serum on the dark spots on my face. After a full month of use, I am happy to report that the scars have faded (not entirely yet although quite noticeably) and my skin has regained a certain glow.
Recommendations: Girls with oily complexions like me should give this product a go! It's so light that it won't clog your pores and cause further breakouts.
Blanc Expert Derm Crystal, P4950, Lancome. (Available in March 2012)
Click the next page to read Jacque's review on Mac Lightful Marine-Bright Formula Moisturizer SPF 30.