By Juliet K.
Having seen such great results with ClarityRx Get Fit and wrestling with the wretched conundrum of dark spots and increasingly blotchy skin for several years now, I was thrilled to be chosen to test ClarityRx Let There Be Light Powerful Lightening Serum ($120). A native of California now in my mid-50s with fair and somewhat sensitive skin, I passed my first thirty years in Los Angeles with its requisite long distances and traffic. I spent many hours behind the wheel of a car, involuntarily soaking up more rays on one side of my face during much of what was the pre-sunscreen era.
Although I climbed on board with sunscreen pretty quickly when it was introduced, it was too late to negate the damage that had begun brewing below the surface of my skin. Then, peri-menopause unleashed punishment in all its cruelly, spotted glory. I’ve tried many different topicals over the past few years with which the splotch on my neck and the five dark spots on the left side of my face (of varying sizes and degrees of darkness) have refused to cooperate, so I wasn't expecting a miracle with Let There Be Light. However, I was hoping for some sort of lightening.
The ingredients of particular note include rumex occidentalis extract, a wildflower from the Pacific Northwest that’s considered to be a safer alternative to hydroquinone, alpha-arbutin, which is a pretty well-known skin whitening agent, and a couple of peptides. Nonapeptide-1 is used to lighten skin and Melanostatine 5 inhibits melanin production and helps to even out one’s skin tone by lessening hyper-pigmentation. Completing the short list of ingredients are seaweed extract, kale extract, purified water, ethylhexylglycerin and the less desirable phenoxyethanol as an additional preservative.
When I first received Let There Be Light, I initially had trouble getting the pump to work after pumping many, many times — probably 50 plus! — and decided to unscrew the container to get to the serum. After the first use, the pump began working and continued to work flawlessly from that point. One pump delivered just enough product to cover my entire face and neck. The almost odorless, clear serum has a slightly slippery viscosity, which was lovely to apply and easily absorbed.
As per the instructions, I used one pump of the serum morning and evening on a cleansed face before continuing with my routine. I followed with another serum (either Lifeline Stem Cell Skin Care Daily Defense, Clarity Rx Get Fit, MitoQ or Dr. Dennis Gross Triple-C Peptide Firming Oil) and then moisturizer. Within a week, I happily detected an overall brightening. After four weeks of use, although I regrettably cannot attest to any real visible improvement to any of my dark spots, I can report a general overall evening of my skin tone, not to mention a seemingly smoother, more youthful appearance.
I will continue to apply the remainder of the serum solely to my dark spots and will update in the reviews section if I see any additional improvements.