The additional seven day extension I gave my four-week trial period for the Clarity Rx Let There Be Light Powerful Lightening Serum ($120) gave me a glimmer of hope for this lightening treatment. After trying a lot of other dark spot faders with uneventful results through the years leading to my age (50-something), I am resigned to the fact that there is truly no instant topical potion to erase dark spots. Yet with a deity-commanding phrase for a product name and the fact that it is packed full of promising heavy-hitters, I had to resist giving up too soon.
First, there is the botanical rumex occidentalis extract, which has been used instead of the much maligned carcinogenic yet rather potent and effective hydroquinone as a key ingredient in several skin brightening products. Rumex’s ability to inhibit tyrosinase, the enzyme that causes melanin production, is intensified with another ClarityRx key active, alpha arbutin, found in three of TIA’s 2015 top five hyperpigmentation products. Nonapeptide 1, a skin conditioning agent, is another active ingredient that prevents synthesis of melanin. Rich in vitamins A, C and K, brassica oleracea acephalia (kale) extract also makes an appearance to reinforce the product. ClarityRx Let There Be Light is also formulated with hyaluronic acid and seaweed extract to hydrate, nourish and revitalize the skin.
Sadly, after four weeks of applying this serum targeting the dark stubborn spots on my cheeks, there was barely any distinguishable lightening observed. However, the texture on these areas felt softer and smoother. After another week, there appeared to be a noticeable fading, but only to a very slight degree. I say that only because it took less layers of concealer to make the spots less visible. Just as I expected, four weeks is not enough time to judge the efficacy of any skin lightening products, including ClarityRx Let There Be Light. Nevertheless, I will continue to apply it twice daily and see if there is an improvement to report in another four weeks.