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Elena Rubin Lighten Up

Elena Rubin Lighten Up

Size: 1.0 oz (30 ml)

Elena Rubin Lighten Up is a gentle yet effective brightening and energizing serum. Whether you're a sun-worshipper looking to erase those sun spots or your skin is just looking tired and dull, this odorless and non-irritating product will be a welcome addition to your medicine cabinet. Reviewer Lonnie saw this product significantly lighten a dark spot on her face after just a couple weeks. With this product as part of your routine, we're sure you'll see a marked difference in your skin as well.

Skin brightening actives including alpha-arbutin, kojic acid and citrus-derived oils lighten those stubborn dark spots or patches of pigmentation with continued use for a brighter and more even-toned complexion.

Tested for 30 days and approved by Lonnie:
I'm in my 50s and have been using the recently revamped Elena Rubin Lighten Up for six weeks. I have to admit that I have seen a marked difference in the stubborn brown spot I have diligently been trying to get rid of for over 2 years. Although it still is not completely gone, it easily covers with concealer now and I am pretty comfortable in the thought that in a few more weeks it will either be gone or hardly noticeable.

My recommendation to other users would be to rub the product in thoroughly and use it twice a day, as recommended — on clean skin. Also, follow the instructions as written. You can see it on your skin — it is a bit shiny and yellow in color, which is why I recommend this. And it is not cream based, so I suggest rubbing it in thoroughly.

Active ingredients include alpha-arbutin, a "super" form of arbutin that lightens and evens out skin, kojic acid, another skin lightener derived from mushrooms, and proprietary Tyrostat made from rumex occidentalis extract which, according to Elena Rubin, "reduces skin pigmentation by limiting both melanin production and skin reddening." There are also several botanical ingredients, a few labeled as certified organic.

It should be the first thing you put on your skin after cleansing. After washing my face with a cleanser, I use an oil free make up remover that completely takes off any residual make up or dirt leftover after cleaning. I follow with a serum and regular daily regime of lotion and liquid make up. It did not interfere or react with anything I used it with, and it covered easily with makeup and/or concealer.

I found no irritation of any kind using this product. It did not redden or create any kind of itch on my skin, nor is there any unpleasant odor either. As a matter of fact, I could not detect any odor at all.

I would definitely recommend this product. I have tried several before it and this has done the best job of any I have previously tried using.

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by Lonnie C. I'm in my 50s and have been using the recently revamped Elena Rubin Lighten Up ($119 in the shop) for six weeks.  I have to admit that I have seen a marked difference in the stubborn brown spot I have diligently been trying to get rid of for over 2 years.  Although it still is... read more

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  • Marta

    March 29, 2013

    Marta

    Hi Tala, some good research here. But I think your point is now well made. Thanks and have a good weekend

  • tala

    March 29, 2013

    tala

    The Lighten-Up Serum looks almost identical to this one for a little less:

    Fade Away Spot Serum $58
    Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, 7% Alpha‐Arbutin, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, 3% Kojic Acid, 2% Lactic Acid (L), Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Carnitine (L), Nonapeptide‐1, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Bark Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Rumex Occidentalis Extract, Ascorbic Acid (L), Citrus Aurantifola (Lime) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Dextran, Polyglyceryl‐4 Caprate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone, Phenoxyethanol
    http://epidermeskin.com/webshaper/store/viewProd.asp?pkProductItem=70

    This looks pretty close too:

    Botanical Garden Glacier Serum $95
    Aqua (Water), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, 7% Alpha-Arbutin, Alcohol, Glycerin, 3% Kojic Acid, 2% Lactic Acid (L), Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Carnitine (L), Nonapeptide-1, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Xanthan Gum, Gluconolactone, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Bark Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Rumex Occidentalis Extract, Citrus Aurantifola (Lime) Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil
    http://ibotanicalgarden.com/ns/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1223

    If you have 10 friends, you can get it for $47.50 each!
    http://www.alibaba.com/product-free/115035115/Glacier_Whitener_.html

  • Aqua (Water)
  • Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water
  • Alpha-Arbutin
  • Alcohol
  • Glycerin
  • Kojic Acid
  • Lactic Acid (L)
  • Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract
  • Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate
  • Carnitine (L)
  • Nonapeptide-1
  • Morus Alba (Mulberry) Bark Extract
  • Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Rumex Occidentalis Extract
  • Citrus Aurantifola (Lime) Oil*
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*
  • Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil
  • Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil
  • Dimethyl Isosorbide
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Gluconolactone

    *Certified Organic

Rub thoroughly into cleansed skin twice daily, focusing on areas of concern.

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