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Osmosis Enlighten- reader reviewed and rejected

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Age Spots
November 18, 2012 Reviewed by Valerie 4 Comments
I’m definitely a fan of Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare and looked forward to trying Enlighten ($50). I love that Osmosis products are affordable in the grand scheme of the skincare market. The ingredients chosen are natural and good for the skin. In addition, the formulas appear smart and well thought out. Thanks to Marta, we’ve all seen the light when it comes to avoiding nasty ingredients in so many formulas. It might be silly, but I now take offense when I read the ingredients of a well-marketed product and realize that it is toxic soup! (How dare they, I think!) At any rate, on to the review….

Enlighten is said to dramatically lighten the skin, calm inflammation, diminish scarring from photodamage, hydrate, and protect against UV rays. Osmosis has filled out a tall order with that description. I am 40 years old and have very fair skin. I only started using sunscreen on my chest in my 30s, so there are many years of accumulated sun damage. Unfortunately, after using Enlighten, I have not experienced any of the aforementioned benefits. I actually took before and after pictures of my décolleté, where I tested the product. And not only have I not seen results, but my before pictures actually looked a bit better than my after pictures. So, it seems whatever I was using before this trial outperformed Enlighten. I have a habit of taking the products that don’t work well on face and using them on my décolleté. At this point, I need to begin using targeted products for this area, which is why I was happy to try Enlighten.

This product is a serum that is orangey in color. The smell is not my favorite as it is very earthy, probably from the sandalwood and patchouli oil; however, it dissipates quickly and doesn’t linger at all. Included in Enlighten are many well-known skin lightening ingredients. Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine is a known skin lightener that inhibits melanin production. The formula also includes mandelic acid, niancinimide, lactic acid, bearberry extract, and the list goes on. The ingredients clearly were not chosen arbitrarily; however, I didn’t experience any results.

In fairness, hyperpigmentation can take longer to correct than some other skin conditions. Perhaps further use will yield better results. Although I will continue to use up my bottle of Enlighten, the search continues for something to tackle my years of sun damage. Maybe I will check out the M.A.D. Skincare brightening serum.

Ingredients: Aqua (Harmonized Water), Lecithin (Phosphatidylcholine), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Mandelic Acid (L), Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Nonapeptide-1, Rumex Occidentalis Extract, Beta-Glucan (D), Tocopherol (D-alpha), Aminobutyric Acid (GABA), Lactic Acid (L), Phenylethyl Resorcinol, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Santalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil, Pogostemon Cablin (Patchouli) Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Alcohol, Dextran
  • November 16, 2013

    by Gina

    I have a very sensitive skin too, and had an exact same experience as Dana. And I had an an IPL too!! It dried my blisters as well. Haven't used it for a while.
    Now I am putting Enlighten overnight on spots, in the morning after putting on a moisturizing cream, I pop a vitamin E oil and rub it on dark spots. Vitamin E oil calms down flared up skin.
    Was doing it for two weeks now, started notice that spots have faded quite bit.

  • May 25, 2013

    by Denise Honore

    I have oily skin and I have been breaking out since I was 10. I tried several products no results. I used proactive, Rx for brown skin and several products that was recommended to me by friend and family members. I even saw a dermatalogist and he said the spots on my face will never go away. I went for my first facial at the age of 29 and started using osmosis polish, clarifer n enlighten. It was recommended by the woman giving the facial. I said to my self she probably recommend this to all her clients. I tried it and I hardly get breakouts and I get compliments by everyone who knows me. They want to know what I use on my face.

  • April 14, 2013

    by Dana

    I have fairly sensitive skin. After putting enlighten overnight , next day my face all flared up and literally was flaking like crazy. Had to stop using it. However few month ago, after intensive IPL left blisters, I remembered that serum had a drying effect on my skin, nxt morning all blisters crusted and fell off in few days.

  • December 27, 2012

    by Dennis

    I agree that products meant to correct discoloration have the most work. Marta says even E’shee’s Intensive Brightening results took 6 months for subtle results. Personally nothing other than Hydroquinone containing products have given me serious, fairly rapid results when it comes to correction of hyperpigmentation.

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