Medik8 White Balance Click ($80 in the shop) promises to lighten and brighten up any type of hyperpigmentation – from sun spots to melasma. Kojic acid is one of the key proven ingredients that lighten brown spots and discolorations. This skin brightener’s potency tends to wane the longer it is exposed to air, so Medik8 has come up with a slick click system to preserve it. The kojic acid powder is stored in the bottle cap until ready to use. With one click by the user, the powder is dropped into the bottle, and voilà, it is mixed with the liquid and you can apply it with the supplied bottle dropper. The product comes with two 10 ml bottles, and should be stored in the refrigerator.
White Balance Click had absolutely no smell, so fragrance is definitely not an issue. I have very sensitive skin, and I’m happy to report that White Balance didn’t inflame, irritate or break my skin out AT ALL. It stayed true to its promise of no skin irritation or dryness. It has no hydroquinone or bleaches, which is a definite plus. Additionally, it contains such goodies as alpha-arbutin, niacinamide, sepiwhite, L-lactic acid, linoleic acid and L-leucine. Regarding efficacy, I did notice some lightening of sun damaged skin – I tackled some large, half-eraser sized freckles and hyper-pigmentation on my neck and chest. These spots and dots lightened by about 35% over the 5 week test period. One thing I’d change: the serum has the consistency of water, so if you put more than 2 or 3 drops on your fingers, it will drip right through them or run down your palm just like water would. Due to the thin viscosity, you have to keep applying the drops to your fingers, rub in, drops to finger, rub in, you get the picture. Except for that major drawback, I’d vote for Medik8 White Balance.