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Elena Rubin Lighten Up Serum 1.0 fl oz

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Reviewed by TIA Community Member March 17, 2013 2 Comments

Reviewed by Jean

While I’m always excited to test a product for TIA, I was a bit hesitant to test another brightening serum since the last one I tested failed to deliver. Fortunately, my pessimistic side was proven wrong after testing Elena Rubin Lighten Up ($119 in the shop)! I took before and after photos of my décolleté, the most sun-damaged part of my body, and there was a significant difference over the course of six weeks. The product description claims to be a powerful blend of tyrosinase, inhibitors that lighten pigmentation within one to three weeks.

To begin, I am 41 years old with very fair skin. I did not use sunblock on my chest area until I was in my mid-30s. So, I have accumulated a decent amount of sun damage on my décolleté. Since using Lighten Up, my skin tone has greatly improved and there are a lot less freckles/spots across my décolleté. I even showed my husband the photos (see below) and he agreed that there was a significant difference in the “after” photo. The larger freckles/sun spots are faded, some of the smaller ones have disappeared, and the other areas look evened out.

The usual brightening ingredients are all present: Alpha-Arbutin, kojic acid, bearberry leaf extract, Nonapeptide-1, and various citrus oils. There is also lactic acid, an AHA that mildly exfoliates. The second ingredient is witch hazel, which provides a noticeable scent to the serum. I don’t mind it, as I prefer products without added fragrance.

In addition to brightening, the texture of my skin looks a lot better too – actually, I was semi-shocked by the difference. Now, to be fair, I did continue to use a moisturizer on top of the serum. In the morning, I used Snowberry Nourishing Rich Day Cream ($96) and at night, I used Osmosis Immerse ($44). I can’t say that either of those wasn’t responsible for the texture difference. But, I do think the lactic acid in the Elena Rubin serum played a part.

I was pleasantly surprised at my results! This serum retails for $69 for 0.5 fl oz. I’m just at the end of the bottle after six weeks of use. That might be considered a bit pricey for some, but the results sure seem worth it.

  • March 29, 2013

    by Marta

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

  • March 29, 2013

    by 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

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