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Sciote Illume Brightening Creme

Size: 1.7 oz (50 ml)

Sciote Illume Brightening Creme reduces hypepigmentation, age spots, sun spots, fine lines and wrinkles with potent concentrations of glycolic acid (5%) and kojic acid (3%) to restore skin's radiance and clarity. This creme also contains hyaluronic acid to deeply hydrate and rejuvenate tired skin.

TIA Review by Tina:
Since the holiday shopping season sprung upon us back in November on “Black Friday,” I have been using Sciote (pronounced Sho-tay) Illume Brightening Crème every evening on clean, dry skin. It has been a very pleasing experience and my skin has responded in good cheer. I am one month into my two to three-month usage period before breaking for a one-month hiatus.

The crème is neither thick nor thin, but rather a perfect medium-weight consistency that disappears into the skin very easily and leaves no residue or greasy feeling on the surface or to the touch. The scent is mild and pleasant and reminds me of Ivory soap. It's a clean fragrance that quickly leaves the senses and is not in the least bit perfumey or “stop you dead in the tracks” bold. Recommended for all skin types, the crème is part of Sciote’s Advanced Line of skincare offerings.

I use two airless pumps of product to spread evenly on my face and neck area. This anhydrous (water-free) formula is made up of three key ingredients; aloe, glycolic acid and kojic acid. The aloe improves hydration and soothes the skin, while the 5% glycolic acid reduces hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles. The 3% kojic acid inhibits the formation and deposits of melanin in the skin. So far, my skin is responding in kind with nary a reaction, bump or blemish. It works well and complements my other skincare products, which include those packed with vitamin C, retinol, peptides and growth factors. At 50-plus years of age, I am lucky in that I don’t have a lot of discoloration issues. My skin is pretty even in tone. However, I do feel that my skin could use an overhaul in the radiance department. My skin looks duller in recent years and has lost much of the youthful glow and lifted plumpness. I am willing to try any type of youth-enhancing booster that can topically improve and refresh the look of my skin. For most of my adult life, I have battled troubled acneic sensitive skin, and now I am at war with wrinkles, deflated volume and age-compromised luster.

Although I cannot attest to a significant improvement in brightness just yet, I can say that my skin texture does look better and the pores are reduced some. I will stay on course with faithful use for another two months or until the product is used up. The company recommends two to three months nightly use and then taking a month off before restarting regular application.

My philosophy is to always give a skincare product two to four months’ worth of usage before making judgment as to effectiveness in improving overall skin quality and seeing positive anti-aging changes. Sciote Skin’s philosophy is to use the purest ingredients, be mindful of the environment and most importantly, to give their clients the knowledge to make an educated decision about their skincare. Incidentally, the word “sciote” is Latin, meaning “know thyself”.

And, the company believes that the consumer has a right to know exactly what they are putting on their skin. They use pure and clean ingredients with no harmful sulphates, thalates, parabens, dyes, toxic and harmful chemicals or artificial perfumes. They've created an ideal balance of natural and certified-organic products combined with the latest technology and science.

The complete potpourri of ingredients also includes hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, willow bark/salicylic acid, licorice, lemon balm, ginseng, bergamot oil, shea butter, Vitamin B5 and green tea, among others.

Sciote is a USA-based company and one that I feel is already and will continue to be a formidable force in the skincare industry. They consciously care about the environment and use the purest essential oils and botanical ingredients. I am inclined to also try Sciote’s peptide and retinol-based products and compare them with my current similar and potent skincare staples. Thus far I am “on board” with Sciote Illume Brightening Crème and hope to see a more bright and youthfully fresh complexion in the mirror by Valentine’s Day.

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Since the holiday shopping season sprung upon us back in November on “Black Friday,” I have been using Sciote (pronounced Sho-tay) Illume Brightening Crème ($85 in the shop) every evening on clean, dry skin. It has been a very pleasing experience and my skin has responded in good... read more

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  • Jessica

    (5 out of 5)

    Absolutely love this Sciote's Illume Brightening Creme. I've paired it with the Sciote Brightening Serum and use both every other night. As I've noted in other reviews, I'm trying to wean myself off of strong, but excellent (non-TIA tested) retinol products.

    So, I am really working on building up my topical Vitamin C (some products also have ferulic acid) products and have found the Sciote Illume duo to work well in literally brightening what I did not realize....until I started using these products...was an insidious dulling of my skin and neck.

    I've just recently added the Trophy Skin Microderm MD approximately 2, maybe 3 times per week (on the "Auto" setting) along with the Truth Vitality Lux (mainly Red LED setting--for 10-15 min, 1-2 times/day) and am finding that these Sciote Brightening products (Serum under the Creme) have DEFINITELY lessened and almost eliminated what I felt was my former need for daily retinol treatments. I do not know, but suspect that the long-term negative skin-thinning effects of my retinol use are slowly being reversed with the added and positive brightening effects of about one and half to two months use of the Sciote Illume Brightening Serum and Creme. When I travel, I just take the serum (and MAKE SURE to moisturize extra well after using the serum).

    The creme literally melts into my skin. Initially, I found it a little bit difficult to blend into my skin. I've added moisturizer before applying (including the Sciote Brightening serum) and now find that I have no problems in this area. There is little to no scent to worry about.

    The only minor "Con" I find with this product is that it contains Phenoxyethanol; however, this ingredient is towards the end of it's content list, making it a small issue to remark upon.

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  • Meg

    (5 out of 5)

    I have been using the Sciote Illume Brightening Creme and Serum for 2 months now. I typically use Retinol, but thought I'd take a break for the winter. After 2 months using the Brightening Creme and Serum, I can confirm that this product achieves the results it claims! I will say that this is strong (high in several types of acids) and it was not easy going the first 30 days. In the beginning, I had to scale back to using the serum and creme every 2-3 nights. And there were several weeks where my skin turned all kinds of ugly (which also happens to me with Retinol and I view as a sign that the product is strong enough to work). But magically, around the 4th week, my skin cleared and started to look fantastic. I plan to make a 2-month regimen of the Sciote Illume Brightening Serum and Creme a winter ritual going forward.

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  • Janice

    (5 out of 5)

    I would love to comment on this Sciote product. I have been using it for some time now and I see a dramatic and positive change to my skin. I am 52 years old and this products has really reduced the sun spots and deeper wrinkles on my face but I have been using it on my hands as well and see such an improvement! I also have been using the Sciote Illume serum prior to the cream for better results.
    I would really recommend this product for anyone that wants brighter more even skin tone but also really helps as anti aging. Great results from both products!

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  • Dorie

    (5 out of 5)

    I really love this cream from Sciote! Not only is the scent so appealing but I also feel that it has really helped my dry skin and age spots. I am eager to try the Illume serum as well!

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  • Marta

    January 31, 2014


    Hi Amy J, we should be bringing reviewed Sciote items into the shop next week and others in the line as we get positive reviews in

  • Amy J

    January 31, 2014

    Amy J

    This review is fantastic...
    When can I purchase this product? Does Sciote have a full line? I'm very interested!

  • Marta

    January 24, 2014


    So glad you liked this Tina. I really got on well with the Sciote eye cream. Looks as if this is a brand we'll have to get to know.

  • Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)
  • Isopropyl Palmitate (Palm Oil)
  • Kosher Vegetable Glycerin
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Stearic Acid
  • Glyceryl Stearate
  • Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Oil)
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil)
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Organic Ganoderma Lucidum (Kojic Acid)
  • Organic Melissa Officinalis (Melissa)
  • Organic Salix Alba (Willow Bark/Salicylic Acid)
  • Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)
  • Organic Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm)
  • Organic Panax Quinquefolius (Ginseng)
  • Organic Pimpinella Anisum (Anise)
  • Organic Armoracia Rusticana (Horseradish)
  • Organic Schisandra Chinensis (Schisandra)
  • Organic Joeniculum Vulgare (Fennel)
  • Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot Essential Oil)
  • Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)
  • Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil)
  • Panthenol (Vitamin B5)
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Ethylhexyl Glycerin
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)
  • Citric Acid

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