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Lighten FX Serious Brightening Solution ($62) by Osmotics Cosmeceuticals is a lightweight treatment that addresses skin discoloration. Its triple-action formula contains high performance ingredients to lighten and brighten skin without any irritation and can be used by all skin types. It not only helps to even out skin tone but also prevents future discoloration.
Even though I’m not a sun worshipper and have been disciplined when it comes to daily use of sunscreen, it’s impossible to completely avoid hyperpigmentation with age. I’ve noted dark spots start to show on my upper cheeks over the last couple of years. There has never been a magic bullet for my hyperpigmentation, and that’s likely the case for most who are afflicted by it. My dermatologist has told me that consistent use of effective lighteners along with sun avoidance is the really the best way to deal with skin discoloration if I choose to eschew the controversial lighter, hydroquinone – which I have.
I’ve been using the Osmotics Serious Brightening Solution (which is actually more of a serum) every night for a little over 30 days. It took some time, but I recently observed that my dark spots were slowly beginning to fade. Per Osmotics, it can take up to 60 days with twice daily use (I’ve only been able to use in the p.m.) before seeing results.
The key ingredients featured in Osmotics’ Lighten FX Serious Brightening Solution are dimethylmethoxyl chromanyl palmitate (aka Chromabright), niacinamide and alpha arbutin. Chromabright is a relatively new brightener and According to a 2010 International Journal of Cosmetic Science study, was shown to be safe and effective for both in vitro and in vivo testing. The active ingredient doesn’t have any of the side effects that are normally associated with de-pigmenting agents. Moreover, it has a photo-protective effect that helps prevent future discoloration and damage from UV radiation.
Niacinamide is a soluble form of vitamin B that suppresses melanin from reaching skin’s surface and has natural anti-wrinkle properties when applied topically. It is an occlusive agent that prevents trans-epidermal water loss and also protects from UV damage. Alpha arbutin is a biosynthetic, super form of arbutin, which derives from bearberry plants. It works by inhibiting melanin production, promoting skin lightening and more even skin tone.
Other notable ingredients include glycerin and squalane to moisturize and a small amount of l-ascorbic acid for its antioxidant properties. The formula does contain dimethicones and preservatives that some may not care for. Overall, Lighten FX Serious Brightening Solution contains many effective and skin beneficial ingredients. However, it’s important to remember that consistency and patience are required when it comes to treating skin discoloration. Visible results can take time but are worth the wait.
Ingredients: Water, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Alpha Arbutin, Niacinamide, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Methylmethacrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine