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The offer to test the Sweetsation Lumi*Essence Organic Advanced Brightening Repair Treatment ($36 in the shop) came just in time. I have started noticing some dark patches on my lower cheeks on both sides. I already have a birthmark that runs from the side of my mouth onto my cheeks. So seeing these dark spots was very worrisome for me. I tried a couple of things but nothing seemed to be working. I was searching the internet to find a product to treat these patches, and the email from TIA seemed like an answer. It doesn’t have hydroquinone, which is a big plus for me since I am allergic to it.

There is a very long list of ingredients in the Lumi*Essence brightening treatment. Yet it doesn’t contain harmful ingredients and is rated a 3 (a low to moderate hazard) on EWG’s websiteKojic acid and Alpha Arbutin are the two key ingredients that aid in the lightening of dark spots. It also has papaya and pineapple extract, which are great exfoliators and help to even skin tone as well. Another good ingredient is niacinamide, which decreases hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles; and improves skin elasticity. Milk thistle acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and also provides UV protection.

My dark spots are not due to sun exposure as I always wear sunscreen, a hat and use an umbrella if I have to go out for a longtime in the sun. The discoloration seems more like melasma, but since I haven’t seen a dermatologist about this, I am not sure. It could be hormonal. Anyway, I started using the Lumi*Essence only on the spots twice a day. It is very rich cream and you need to use only a pea-size amount to cover a large area. Massage it well, so all of it is absorbed. After two weeks of use, I noticed a slight fading of the larger spot. It made me really happy. The next morning I was using my Ultra Renew, and I thought why not use the green light (for skin brightening) on these spots – why didn’t I think of that before? So I started using the green light for four to five minutes around the spot area whenever I had time in the morning or evening, and I saw a much greater improvement in the fading of the spots. Had I started the use of Ultra Renew green light before, I am sure these dark spots would be much lighter.

I’ll continue to use both, as I still have almost half of Lumi*Essence left. I am so happy I was given the opportunity to use this product. I am sure with continued use of both, these spots will go away. My birthmark is very deep in the skin and I don’t know if this cream will have any effect on that, but I am using it there too.

So, all in all, this product is a winner for me.

Ingredients: Purified Water, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Organic Beeswax, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Hyaluronic Acid, Alpha-Arbutin, Organic Centella Asiatica (Kojic Acid), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Essential Oil, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu Oil), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage Oil), Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed Oil), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Organic Lycium Barbarium (Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, CoQ10, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Organic Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi), Caviar Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Silk Protein Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Organic Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Organic Myrica Cerifera (Bayberry), Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Essential Oil, Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum Essential Oil), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn Oil), Carica Papaya (Papaya), Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Niacinamide, Pearl Powder, Citrus Limon (Lemon Essential Oil), Organic Aspalathus linearis (Rooibos Tea) Extract, Silica, Allantoin, Organic Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin