Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Today i’m going to be adding to my new feature of Asian skincare/grooming products with a review of the Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Skincology is a Taiwanese skincare line developed by dermatologists under the Niu Er brand which is widely available in Asia. I’ve been very impressed with the line as a whole and this product in particular is a winner – especially for dull, uneven skin or skin with acne scars.
The Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2 is a very well formulated botanical pigmentation corrector housed in a sturdy glass bottle that comes with a dropper for application (one dropper-full for each application). Basically you massage some of this into your skin twice a day and it will start to fade out any areas of your skin that are discoloured or darker than the rest.
This is a light, watery serum that reminds me very much of my favourite Skinceuticals Phyto+ albeit at a lesser concentration. However when you take into account that this serum costs a good £60 less than the Skinceuticals version, you can see why I’m so impressed with it!
The green-coloured serum lists alpha arbutin, mulberry root, bearberry extract and ellagic extract quite high up on the ingredients list. All of these ingredients are clinically proven to regulate pigmentation and fade any uneven patches such as sun spots, freckles and acne scars. To see so many of them listed together is very promising as most treatments of this sort only use one or two at best.
While there’s no way of telling the exact concentrations in this formula, i’d say from personal experience that it’s quite good indeed. Not spectacular but for the price it’s pretty phenomenal and far better formulated than a lot of products within and above its price range.
I tested this on somebody else for a few weeks and with diligent use they reported a fading of acne scars, and a generally brighter and more even skin tone. I’m positive the effects would be more pronounced as time goes on.
All in all I highly recommend trying this serum out of you have access to it, it’s a fantastic pigmentation control product for a great price.
- Relatively cheap.
- Light watery texture.
- Not the most accessible brand outside of Asia.
It smells, well, ‘herbal’. The scent quickly dissipates though so not much of a bother to me.
If you look back to my ‘How to get an even skin tone’ post you can learn a bit more about botanical tone correctors and see exactly where they’d fit in your skincare routine. You can use this twice a day to yield the best results; during the day underneath sunscreen and at night underneath your regular night routine.
I bought my bottle from beautyeshop.co.uk, just email them and they’ll send you a Paypal invoice – it’s easier than trying to navigate their website and they have fantastic customer service. I’ve seen it on eBay too!