For more than a year, I had used Theraneem's Botanical Fading Cream for those pesky age spots on my face. I stopped using the product for a few months and somehow the dark spots managed to come back, or maybe it was a whole new crop of age spots. Annoying. But I wanted to try something different so I went to another all-organic beauty brand, one of my favorites, Eminence. One of their newer series is the Stone Crop line, and the Stone Crop Serum ($32.13) was highly praised for pigmentation, moisturizing and any other discoloration. After three weeks of using it daily, I'll have to admit it's not a let down.
First, let's talk about stone crop, the primary ingredient in Eminence Stone Crop Serum. Stone crop (sedum)
is found in Hungary and is a succulent like cactus or agave. It's super hardy, so it can essentially grow in several other climates outside of Hungary, and retain moisture well. It's generally used topically for pigmented sensitive skins and the benefits are incredibly vast. Not only does stone crop help reduce pigmentation and lighten the complexion, it assists in regeneration, firming stressed skin, tones the epidermis, moisturizes heavily and helps reduce signs of aging. So it's baffling to me as to why other skincare brands haven't joined this stone crop bandwagon.
Eminence Stone Crop Serum also has bearberry extract, another solid lightening agent. Needless to say, that's two powerhouses working for you. Oh, it gets better. The added green tea extract, which is rich in polyphenols and antioxidants, help protect cell damage (we are not happy with free radicals, so this is a bonus). There's also the Biocomplex, which is essentially more antioxidants chockfull of vitamin A, ester-C, vitamin E, coenzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid. Think of it as a super healthy smoothie for your skin (at least I do, however weird that sounds).
I think the best part about Eminence Stone Crop Serum is the fact it's a no frills product, with no added BS (but then again, would you expect anything less from Eminence?)
It absorbs rapidly when applied. They suggest you use it as a stimulating treatment, between treatments or as a finishing product. My skin has been more drier lately due to all the flying and hotel stays, so I use once during the day and once at night before my night cream. Like most legit skincare products like this, Eminence Stone Crop Serum is not magic and I didn't expect overnight results. With that said, and no miracle expectations, I definitely see improvement in three weeks. The fading is gradual and thankfully noticeable. And the serum doesn't have the scent of something that came out of a science lab. I'm looking forward to another few weeks to see results.
Stone Crop Juice, Bearberry Extract, Stone Crop Pulp, Green Tea extract, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Glyercine (plant source), Natural Moisturizing Factor, Lavender Extract, Glycine Derivative, Xanthan Gum, Biocomplex, (Vitamins A-C-E, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid), Lavender Oil, Chlorophyl.