nutra-lift brite & lite

Our Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by Marta on August 25, 2014

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Nutra-Lift Brite & Lite ($34 in the TIA shop) has an ingredient list that reads like a who’s who of skin brighteners. If it is natural and it tackles hyperpigmentation, then it is in Brite & Lite. The result is a dark spot fader that works.

I have been testing Brite & Lite for about two months, and I have seen some recent discoloration on my right cheek almost disappear. It has to be admitted that I am referring to a few relatively small and relatively light spots that started to appear in the last year or so.  Nonetheless, I am impressed that they are almost gone. Still visible but much faded is a freckle on my brow bone that I have had for years. On the other hand, a leopard spot that I have had most of my life is no different. My conclusion is that for recent or smallish dark spots, Brite & Lite works.

Given the roster of actives – glycolic acid, salicyclic acid and kojic acid to call out a few –  I am not overwhelmingly sensitive to this product. Brite & Lite most definitely does tingle on application, but in my case the sensation lasts only about five minutes. Bear in mind, that I am only targeting small areas of skin. I would not use Brite & Lite over my entire face, nor recommend it for anyone with very sensitive skin.

Back to the active ingredients. Among the heavy hitters, glycolic acid functions as an exfoliator removing dry or dead skin.  As does salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid and metabolite of aspirin (it should not be used by pregnant women). Kojic acid is a very effective skin whitener that inhibits the production of melanin and is controversial because studies have shown it to accumulate in the blood with prolonged use. Gentler whiteners are also in Brite & Lite in the form of a-Arbutin, which works by inhibiting the body’s oxidation of Tyrosine, the culprit behind melanin production, and two natural sources of arbutin, bearberry and mulberry.

Two stable forms of vitamin C and retinyl palmitate also help even out skin tone. I like the inclusion of oat-derived betaglucan as it moisturizers as well as heals, but also helps the immune system by interacting with immune cells called Langerhans and helps the skin recover from sun exposure (useful here as many of the actives – especially salicylic acid – increase sun sensitivity).

Among the botanical extracts, there’s phyllanthus emblica (Indian gooseberry), an antioxidant that also suppresses pigmentation. Saxifraga (strawberry geranium) is an astringent with whitening effects. Skullcap contains flavonoids including baicalin, an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. There are two preservatives with the inevitable concerns: sodium metabisulfite and tetrasodium EDTA are considered toxins and skin irritants.

By the way, Nutra-Lift calls this a “new and improved version.” I never tried the former version and so cannot compare.