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