Happy Saturday Ladies!
What ‘cha up to this weekend? I have to run a few errands but I have a spa lined up later today which I am hoping will be better than the most recent experience I had!
After all the rain and cool weather we had in the past few months, the sun has been blistering HOT in the day lately! Just nicely, we have here 4 brands with new launches for their whitening or brightening skincare and some quick immediate thoughts I have on them, and my quick answer to some queries on using whitening skincare below 🙂
Vichy Bi-White Deep Cell-Whitening Spot Intervention
A targeted spot treatment from Vichy Laboratoires so you only use it on the problem areas not all over your face. What this product is supposed to do is to arrest the melanin at the cellular level to control melanin production. The better it is controlled, the less dark spots or the lighter spots become. You can use it to reduce the appearance of dark spots (pigmentation) or acne scars too. Hypoallergenic and Paraben-free and said to be suitable for sensitive skin. I’ve been working on this for a while now but unfortunately the difference may be too minute for me to notice.
Prices: Vichy Bi-White Deep Cell-Whitening Spot Intervention retails at RM99/15ml
Clarins White Plus HP Whitening Repairing Night Cream
Clarins introduces their new night cream in the White Plus HP range which is an addition to the present White Plus HP line. This time, other than Sea Lily, the cream is also enriched with daisy extract to control and slow down the production of melanin at night and to combat the stresses and UV effects of the day. Use at night after cleansing, toning, and serum (if used). Tested this on the back of my hand and it feels lovely and light on the skin and absorbs quickly plus the scent is quite intriguing 🙂
Prices: Clarins White Plus HP Whitening Repairing Night Cream retails at RM240/50ml
Laneige White Plus Renew whitening range
The Laneige White Plus Renew whitening skincare range is boosted with the inclusion of White Plus Renew Foam Cleanser, White Plus Renew Eye Protector SPF12 PA+ and White Plus Renew Daily Protection Cream SPF36 PA++ This time, the focus is on what Laneige calls “the apple zone” which is the eye and cheek area. Smile! Now you know why they call it the apple zone 🙂 The focus on the apple zone is because the skin there is supposed to be thinner and is more prone to dark spots and pigmentation. Personally, I find that the truth! I started getting freckles there and my pigmentation spots are also concentrated on my cheekbones. Perhaps the Laneige White Plus Renew range would be the solution to turn me back into Snow White? 😉 The star product, the White Plus Renew Essence might. The products actually smell quite lovely and not too strong. The day cream is the one that really got my attention because it at once feels light on my skin yet creamy. The high SPF isn’t shabby either.
Prices: The Laneige White Plus Renew Eye Protector SPF 12 PA+ retails at RM125/6.5ml and the White Plus Renew Daily Protection Cream SPF36 PA++ retails at RM165/50ml. Price of foam cleanser unavailable for now.
Diorsnow White Reveal Whitening Skincare range
The Diorsnow White Reveal range has been around a while. This time, they have revamped some of the products and there are some additions to the line, notably the Diorsnow BB Creme that I’ll tell you about later 🙂 For now, the new items in the Diorsnow skincare line are the White Reveal Essence DNA Control, White Reveal Fresh Creme (day cream), DNA Reverse White Reveal Strengthening Cream (night) and White Reveal Instant Spot Corrector SPF50. From the references to DNA, you can tell that Dior too is targeting the formation of melanin at the most basic level. I’ve tested a little of the White Reveal Strengthening Night Cream and have found the texture a little surprising. It feels thick and does not spread very well. However, it promises that you will wake up to brighter skin. Perhaps my bleary eyes in the morning was tricking me, but my skin seemed a little brighter in the morning. But its too soon to tell 🙂
Prices: The Diorsnow White Reveal Essence DNA Control retails at RM400/50ml, White Reveal Fresh Creme (day cream) retails at RM290/50ml, DNA Reverse White Reveal Strengthening Cream (night) retails at RM310/50ml and White Reveal Instant Spot Corrector SPF50 retails at RM165/15ml.
My quick thoughts on using whitening skincare
I have been asked recently if I use whitening skincare all the time or if I mix and match. My answer is that I mix and match (and I’ve explained my reasons before). I do realize that if you are really concerned about brightening or whitening, and essentially, looking fairer, then you should use a full line of whitening products. Layering every product in the range will increase its whitening properties and let you achieve your goal faster.
I have gone down that route before but these days, I don’t have that much concern anymore. I concentrate on anti-aging skincare in general but when I use a whitening product, I stick to the serums or essences which are more potent and therefore work more quickly, and a whitening night cream. If I really have spots to lighten (e.g. when I pick at a pimple – do not do this kids! 😛 ), I add on a spot treatment to lighten the marks from my itchy fingers. Oh and of course, I’m never without sunscreen. I also tend to go for whitening skincare after a bout in the sun e.g. a beach holiday or a holiday somewhere hot.
Have you used whitening or brightening skincare before? Do you use it at all and is it a primary concern for you? 🙂 Many whitening products can also be used to help lighten acne scars or marks so its not all about whitening your skin to look like Snow White! 😀
Happy Weekend everyone!