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Sciote Illume Brightening Serum

A Five Best with AHAs and BHAs 2016

Size: 1.0 oz (30 ml)

Sciote Illume Brightening Serum is a natural skin brightener that works to reduce hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines and wrinkles while promoting cell turnover. This potent formula contains active ingredients such as 5% kojic acid, 3% glycolic acid and 1% salicylic acid as well as hyaluronic acid leaving skin hydrated, even-toned and more youthful in appearance.

TIA Review by Francine:
I have tried many products to lighten or eliminate two dark spots from sun damage with very modest or no success. If Sciote Illume Brightening Serum worked on this stubborn problem, I would be thrilled. I was hoping I might begin to see some results within one month. I was truly amazed to notice a difference in how my skin looked in just one week. At the end of one month I am a true believer. My skin tone is more even, noticeably lighter. At 60 years, I never thought I would say a product has given me a younger looking complexion, but I believe Sciote Illume Brightening Serum has done just that.

Best of all is the effect the serum has had on my dark spots. After years of using foundation and concealer to minimize them, I find I no longer need a concealer! With just a light foundation the dark spots are not at all visible. With zero makeup one spot is imperceptible and the darker, more troublesome spot is barely noticeable.

When applied, the clear serum is silky smooth with a non-greasy feel. It is not heavy on your skin. I feel a very slight tightness, but even the lightest application of moisturizer and you’re good to go. I detect no scent to this product. It is a blend of natural and certified organic ingredients, no harmful chemicals. Its key ingredients are kojic acid, which Sciote informs us is known as “The Medicine of Eternal Life,” used to inhibit melanin, glycolic acid for fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and hyperpigmentation and salicylic acid for cell turnover and acne treatment.

It should be noted that this is not a product you can add to your daily regime indefinitely. Sciote advises contact with skin must be of limited duration and frequency and recommends use of the product for 2-3 months, then off for 1 month. I have very dry and very sensitive skin and have no reservations about using this product. I will be watching to see if and how quickly those pesky dark spots return when I stop the serum after 2 months. It does not come in a see-through container, so I cannot say how much of it’s 1oz contents are left after one month of using two pumps per day.

My initial hope was to lighten my dark spots. It has delivered so much more. When four people in a two week period went out of their way to say how healthy and great I looked, I knew I had a keeper.

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I was not familiar with Sciote Skin Care when I began using Sciote Illume Brightening Serum ($95 in the shop) in early December. I have tried many products to lighten or eliminate two dark spots from sun damage with very modest or no success. If Sciote worked on this stubborn problem, I would be... read more

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9 Reviews
  • Jessica

    (5 out of 5)

    I've been using both Sciote's Illume Brightening Serum (1st) and Creme (over the Serum) now for several months. Before I discovered TIA with all of it's wonderful + researched skin care products, I'd just started using a well-known "Primer"--hoping for a bit more brightness in my skin.

    These two products have done that and MORE. I've been using a few products with hyaluronic, salicylic, and glycolic acid, now for thirty years!!-- (started w/ prescription cleanser & toner w/ these ingredients at age 29--turned 59 not that long ago!!), and I believe that my skin does really well these three ingredients!! Add in Kojic acid, Jojoba oil, licorice, Chinese Panax Ginseng, Lemon Balm, Aloe Vera Extract and a whole host of wonderful other skin 'goodies', this product, along with it's Creme cousin, have worked wonderfully to help brighten my skin which had dulled from (among other reasons), several years of high-percentage retinol use.

    Between ceasing pure retinol use, increasing my a.m. and p.m. use of Vitamin B and Vitamin C skin care products for my eye areas, face, hands, and neck, and adding in my use of this Serum and the Creme, I've been amazed at how much smaller my pores appear, my skin's overall increased brightness, and the loss of almost every discoloration with greatly increased color continuity. The serum is light in texture with great 'slip', has no discernible smell, spreads like silk, and layers well with other products. Only "con" is it's phenoxyethanol ingredient. Gave my primer away after my first two weeks of use!! Another Sciote winner!

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  • CC

    (5 out of 5)

    I am usually sceptical of big claims but sciote skin's Illume Serum does what it claims! My skin is brighter and it has really worked on my darker sun damage within 4 weeks. I'm a true believer in this product and will continue using with the Illume cream.

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  • Sam

    (5 out of 5)

    So thrilled! I received the Illume Serum in the mystery bag and I was so excited to learn that the products I had received would help with my uneven skin tone and brighten my dull complexion. I especially loved using this serum because the texture is wonderful. I saw immediate improvement with my hydration issues but after a couple of weeks my close friends started asking what I was doing differently because my complexion looked to rested and fresh... I will take that!! I knew It had to be because of the new Illume products I started using a couple of weeks prior. Then I stared noticing my sun spots stated to fade. I AM IN LOVE! I am know exploring more Sciote products. Thank you for introducing me to this natural and organic skin care line that works beautifully on my skin! I am 53 and a very satisfied customer!

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  • Nancy

    (5 out of 5)

    I would love to review this Sciote product. I have been using it for over a month now and I see a positive change to my skin. I am 56 years old and this products has really reduced the sun spots while adding much needed hydration! I also have been using the Sciote Illume cream prior to the serum for better results.
    I would really recommend both products. Great results from both products!

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  • Lisa

    (1 out of 5)

    Disappointed. After reading past reviews, I had high hopes for this product. Unfortunately, after 6 weeks of use (morning and night), I see no change whatsoever in the dark spots on my face.

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  • Kemoy

    (5 out of 5)

    This product is amazing and is worth every penny! It has helped minimize my hyperpigmentation from cystic hormonal acne. I am of African descent, thus my spots were dark brown. I noticed results after 2 weeks. After 3 months I noticed drastic improvements from scars that were a month- 2 years old. This product is so good, that I achieved amazing results while only using half of the bottle! I expect to have near perfect results by the time it is finished.

    I alternate nightly, between using this product and Sciote's Retinol Creme-- I also added Your Best Face Hydrate B for added hydration for each serum application. In addition to using Medik8 Rechargeable Vitamin C under my suncreen/moisturizer in the day time. Then once a week using the La Vie Celeste exfoliating mask. Although, I used this serum in conjunction with other products to tackle my hyperpigmentation, this product played an integral role in getting optimal results faster. In my experience it is best to tackle skin concerns with key potent ingredients. In addition, I like to use products that deliver desired results without irritating the skin like this serum.

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  • Imelda

    Hi,Francine! Your review is very encouraging. I, too, have dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, on my face that I have not gotten rid of forever! I am almost tempted to go for a consult on expensive procedures like microdermabrasion or IPL.. I am now convinced to try this serum because I tested and reviewed the Sciote Vitamin C lotion, and while there was a bit of fading to a certain degree, it was only on newer acne scars.

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  • Anupam

    (4 out of 5)

    Use it once a day every morning and it seems to be working better than my Kiehls Clearly Corrective Vit C serum even in this short span of two weeks.

    The uneven skin tone and dark spots on my forehead and cheeks seem to have reduced somewhat and am hopeful the results after two or three months will be much better.

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  • Pam

    (5 out of 5)

    One of my favorites! I use the Illume cream and serum for my age spots on my face and hands and it has worked wonders! My skin now glows and I use less foundation than before. Thank you Sciote!! Pam

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  • Deionized Aqua (Water)
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel)
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
  • Organic Ganoderma Lucidum (Kojic Acid)
  • Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil)
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Carbomer
  • Arginine
  • Organic Salix Lucida (Salicylic Acid)
  • Organic Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)
  • Wildcrafted Melissa Ocinalis (Lemon Balm)
  • Organic Panax Ginseng (Chinese Ginseng)
  • Organic Pimpinella Anisum (Anise)
  • Organic Armoracia Rusticana (Horseradish)
  • Organic Schisandra Chinensis (Schisandra)
  • Organic Joeniculum Vulgare (Fennel)
  • Melissa Ocinalis (Melissa Essential Oil)
  • Ethylhexyl Glycerin
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Organic Aloe Barbardensis Leaft (Aloe Vera Extract)
  • Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extract)
  • Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract)
  • Organic Pelagonium Gravoleons (Geranium Extract)
  • Organic Taraxacum Ocinale (Dandelion Extract)

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