I’m a whitening sceptic. That is to say, I don’t believe that any product out there can “whiten” your skin short of bleaching it. So, if you come across a product that claims to substantially lighten your skin after a short period of usage, I’d be very wary.
So, I believe instead in “brightening”. Skin brightening to me is where the product may lighten some pigmentation and make your skintone more even so your facial skin looks clearer. However, it will not turn black to white and if you are tanned, you should not expect to have lighter skin but you might expect a more even skin tone which might have the perception of having lighter toned skin. This is not a scientific dissertation by any means, just my thoughts so do feel free to agree/disagree at will 🙂
With this firmly in mind, I recently put 2 whitening products to the test – Lancome Blanc Expert Spot Eraser and Lancome Blanc Expert Whitening Cellulose Mask.
Lancome Blanc Expert Spot Eraser (RM315)
The Spot Eraser comes in a long tube and a pointed nozzle. The lotion is white and liquid and has a scent. I rather like it so I’m not fussed. I also liked how it felt on my skin.
The Spot Eraser is supposed to target the melanin and “kill” it at the “roots” so you have less pigmentation and freckles. It is a very targeted treatment skincare to reveal transparent “white” skin and is more effective on stubborn melanin spot. I have fair skin so pigmentation and freckles show though and makes the skin look blotchy some times. The Spot Eraser is supposed to tackle this problem on the spot.
However, I did not notice any real marked difference in the pigmentation level. I deliberately tested this on some very stubborn pigmentation areas but there was not much discernable lightening. That said, it too did not get worse and elsewhere on my face, my skin did look more even toned. With only 1 month’s use I reckon its too early to rant or rave at it (I always believe that whitening products work on a long term basis) so I’m quite ambivalent. The masks however I love love love!