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Nutra-Lift Dark Spot Fade Gel

Is a Solution for:
Age Spots
July 31, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
The 'new and improved' formula for Nutra-Lift's Dark Spot Fade Gel ($22 for 2oz) looks as if it might do its job of zapping age-spots. However, it uses some powerful - and controversial - ingredients. This product is not for the timid.

The key active in Nutra-Lift's Dark Spot Fade Gel is hydroquinone. This is a standard age spot ingredient that has become somewhat discredited. Hydroquinone may, or may not, cause cancer. The FDA thinks it might and proposed a ban in 2006. On the other hand, there are studies that counter this view and regard it as safe. Whatever, hydroquinone is certainly a powerful irritant that can burn those of sensitive skin (which would be me). For these reasons, manufacturers of age spot creams are increasingly looking for hydroquinone alternatives.

In addition to glycolic acid, the other active for hyperpigmentation in Dark Spot Fade Gel is Vitamin C. This may also cause some mild irritation and dryness. Then there another melatonin inhibitor, kojic acid. This comes from a fungi. It has a high incidence of allergic reactions, so approach with caution. It is unstable and can turn a cream yellow after a while.

Bearberry extract, on the other hand, is a stable, plant-based skin lightener that helps retard excessive melanin production without irritation. It is actually an arbutin, demonstrated by studies in Japan to be more effective than kojic acid. Like other bleaches, bearberry extract inhibits the production of tyrosinase (the precursor to pigment). However, it also degrades existing pigment.

Sodium metabisulfite may be irritating for those that are sensitive to sulfates. It is rather more lethal for fish because it becomes toxic on contact with water and there are numerous studies of its effects on marine life. The preservative tetrasodium EDTA may also be irritating.

To counteract all of this, Nutra-Lift has thoughtfully included two soothers: aloe vera and allantoin.

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift Dark Spot Fade Gel

Organic aloe vera gel, glycolic acid, hydroxyethycellulose, Hydroquinone, glycerin, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate ( vitamin C), kojic acid, bearberry extract, DMAE biartrate, salicylic acid, sodium metabisulfite, tetrasodium EDTA, allantoin.

Active Ingredients: 2 % Hydroquinone, 5 % Glycolic acid

  • May 15, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Noel, I can relate to that. I've done a fairly good job with my face and now my neck stands out as sun damaged. So far, I am making the most progress with Lumixyl's GlycoPeel. Lumixyl's Topical Brightening Creme also helps. For a more natural version (but a tad less powerful), there's also Juice Beauty's Green Apple Peel. I have been using these exfoliators every other day or so. And I've just started using Lift Lab's Lift & Fix every day (as it is supposed to take down redness and reduce damage) but it is too early to tell (a couple of weeks) how much impact it is having - I have high hopes though.

  • May 15, 2011

    by Noel

    Hello Marta-for whatever reason, since I was a young child, the skin tone of my neck has always been noticeably darker than my face. Now that I use skincare, my facial skin tone has lightened dramatically, prob because of all the vit c serums I use, which I apply to my neck as well. I've experienced a very minute change in the coloring of my neck, I even used Obaji's Blender with 4% Hydroquinone. But when I read about the potential long term effects, I stopped.

    Could you possibly rec a good brightened that you think would help me? I was able to address my acne and crater-sized pore issues, but am failing miserably with my neck issue! I'm currently using PTR's laser free serum, but haven't seen any changes yet. Please help Marta!!!!

  • May 15, 2011

    by Justd

    Thanks Marta...this is beginning to be a major challenge to me, lol, I see much that I want to try, and my eyes exceed more than my wallet can handle. Finding the right concoctions that will address my concerns and are affordably within my range.... Hmmmm, plumpers, lash n hair growth, fine lines, hydration and tone... At this point I'ma need to take out a 2nd mortgage to anti-age myself adequately. Lol.

  • May 15, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi JustD, I would personally choose not to use a product with hydroquinone. I see Lumixyl as a safe alternative and worth paying the price for.

  • May 15, 2011

    by Justd

    Marta, for those of us unable, or unwilling, to purchase Lumixyl Topical Brightening Cream, can u give an update as to whether Nutra-Lift's Dark Spot Fade Gel can now be considered a good go-to alternative for those of us battling freckles, as I have been since a teenager, which now are looked at as age spot LOL? I ask cuz in ur article u noted, at the time, that some of the ingredients were considered controversial, including hydroquinone.


  • May 18, 2010

    by mary

    i need to know about dark spot fade gel...plz...iwill buy from middle east jordan

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