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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. 

Pros:

  • Relatively cheap.
  • Effective.
  • Light watery texture.
Cons:
  • 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!
 
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  1. Old Cow Saturday - 24 / 04 / 2010 Reply
    Ooops! I wanted to ask; is the kiehls stuff better?
  2. D.D. Saturday - 24 / 04 / 2010 Reply
    @Old Cow - Hi! The Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line Reducing Concentrate is a lot more concentrated and will help with fine lines as well as pigmentation, so i'd say it was better. This Skincology serum is still great though! If you really want, you can use it at night and the Kiehl's during the day.
  3. Connie De Alwis Sunday - 25 / 04 / 2010 Reply
    Thanks for this! It's hard to come across reviews for Taiwanese products. I've just started to try out several products from Niu Er brand.
    I have a problem with uneven skin tone with my chin looking particularly dull and grey. At the same time, I don't fancy using "whitening" products simply because I like being tanned (as bad as it is, I go for tanning. but I do wear sunblock daily when I'm not!) and I don't wanna get any fairer.
    Do you think this product would help in my case?

    Btw, I just purchased the Avene Diacneal based on your rec to help with some pimple scars that never seem to disappear and also fine line on my forehead. Fingers crossed!
  4. D.D. Sunday - 25 / 04 / 2010 Reply
    @Connie - It may 'whitening' but all it means is that it's going to regulate your pigmentation. This may mean it'll fade your tan slightly but nothing significant and it can't 'whiten' your skin beyond it's natural colour.

    I'd say it was a good option for you. Failing that you can use a Vitamin C serum.

    If your chin is an issue, make sure you use a high protection sunscreen on it every day - even when you tan. Otherwise you'll be reversing all the work your treatment is doing.
  5. GeekyEejit Sunday - 25 / 04 / 2010 Reply
    Hmn.. are you able to compare that and this product for me? http://www.beautyeshop.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=32&products_id=792

    My friend recommended it for me because I have un-even skin pigmentation, and when I try to apply foundation it shows my dry skin (even though I exfoliate regularly) as this serum has hylaruronics.

    Please let me know! Thank you.
  6. Connie De Alwis Monday - 26 / 04 / 2010 Reply
    Thanks! I never really thought of putting suncreen on areas that I'm trying to lighten when I tan.

    I've use the vitamin C skin boost from the body shop but got nothing from it.

    I'm looking at another whitening serum meant for dry skin. Do you think it'll be a better option for me? since it contains vitamin C
    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.payeasy.com

    Sorry for all the questions! Your clarifications make a lot of sense to me and I trust your recommendations. I'm usually not this annoying!
  7. Ally E. Monday - 07 / 03 / 2011 Reply
    oh thank god. i stumbled upon this article by accident, believe it or not i just ordered this serum for my mum and mum-in-law :) we'll see how it goes for mum-in-law, because she suffers from pretty bad sunspots

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Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.
Review – Skincology Herbal Corrective Lightening Serum EX2.

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