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If you’ve read my other reviews of their products, you’ll know that I love the MenScience brand. Their products, as you’d imagine, are all based around the science of skincare and that results in a pretty strong line of products.
I was recently sent a few more of their products to test for SCforM (which, all in all, I loved) but I decided to review this particular one separately. Why? Because this is potentially a fantastic night treatment that’s ruined by it’s poor packaging and I find that quite frustrating! It could have been amazing but, thanks to a little error in production, it’s just decent.
Read on for the full scoop!
Significantly reduces the appearance of age spots, discolorations and dark blemishes. Unique formula helps eliminate darkened cells, while balancing and brightening skin tone with the most effective professional-grade ingredients including retinol, kojic acid, vitamin C and glycolic acid.
The ingredients list (helpfully listed on their website) confirms that this is a well formulated product for pigmentation repair. There’s a good amount of Mulberry extract in this which helps to regulate uneven pigmentation and slightly less Vitamin C and Kojic Acid thrown in there to enhance the fading effect somewhat. The best thing about it is the 1% retinol which helps the treatment to penetrate the skin deeper and allows fresh skin to show up sooner. This also makes the cream a very good combination treatment for anti-ageing as well as anti-pigmentation.
However, since MenScience decided to store this cream in a jar, all that stuff I said about the retinol in this means slim to nothing. Retinol needs to be stored in an airtight and opaque container for it to remain effective on the skin. Since you’re exposing the product to light and air every time you open the jar, the product will slowly become less and less effective. Not helpful.
I found this really frustrating as surely the scientists that formulated the product were aware of that simple fact? Perhaps it’s a different, less-informed branch of the company that handles the packaging? Either way, someone needs to fix it.
So, rant aside, I will say that this is still a pretty decent product despite that major flaw. Coupled with a good sunscreen, it faded a few acne scars and age spots and noticeably brightened up the skin tone of my test subject over about 6 weeks. The cream is designed to be used at night and it’s quite thick yet it’s only mildly hydrating and weirdly (for something that’s so thick) leaves a rather matte finish on the skin. I’d say this is probably fine for all skin types to use and it didn’t cause any breakouts for my helpful tester.
All in all, this product isn’t bad but for $49 you could buy something like the DermaQuest Skin Therapy Skin Lightening Serum which I mentioned here (full review soon) and works a lot better. If they revamped the packaging i’d probably be recommending this as a good combination anti-ageing/pigmentation treatment all the time. Oh well!