Brightening Products: Bestselling Top 3 (September 2012)

Bestsellers calculation based on surveying 47 products out of 7 retailers in August, 2012.

1. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector $49.50 (1oz), $76 (1.7oz)
Effective treatment against uneven skin tone

2. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Cream SPF15  $54.50 (1.8oz)
Brightening daytime moisturizer countering environmental stressors

3. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution $49.50 (1oz)
A novel form of Vitamin C derivativative helps to clear dark spots 


1. Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector $39.50    Buy Here Taking up our number one spot for the forth month is the clinically tested brightening serum, Clinique Even Better Dark Spot Corrector. It has comparable results to leading prescription ingredient (4% hydroquinone), which is the gold standard treatment for discolorations among dermatology. Clinique’s study had verified 58% improvement at 12 weeks. All skin tones saw results and acne mark improvements at four weeks. This product also contains CL-302 complex, a blend of exotic plant extracts, salicylic acid, stabilized vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) and black yeast.

Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Glucoside, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Turmeric Root Extract, Rice Bran Extract, Grapefruit Peel Extract, Barley Extract, Wheat Germ Extract, Birch Bark Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Dimethoxytolyl Propylresorcinol, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Mulberry Root Extract, Trametes Versicolor Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Yeast Extract, PEG-6, Tromethamine, Salicylic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Cholesterol, Isohexadecane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sunflower Seedcake, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Simethicone, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Di-C12-18 Alkyl Dimonium Chloride, Sodium RNA, Squalane, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate VP/Copolymer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate VP/Copolymer, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 6, Yellow 5

2. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Protective Cream SPF15  $54.50    Buy Here
This is a good daytime brightening facial moisturizer with sunscreen recommended for dry to normal skin. The ivory-colored cream feels light and carries a gently floral scent.  When applied, it absorbs quickly, comfortably hydrating your skin. Formula developed with tranexamic acid, vitamin C, super hydro-synergy complex, it counters environmental stressors and reduces pigmentation. SPF15 PA++ moderately protects against UV rays and prevents new dark spots.

Active Ingredients: Ensulizole 2.5%, Octinoxate 7.4, Titanium Dioxide 1.9%

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Butlyene Glycol, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Pentaerythrityl Tretraeyjyhexanonte, Dimethicone, SD Alcohol 40-B, Behenyl Alcohol, Polybutylene Glycol/PPG-9/1 Copolymer, Tranexamic Acid, Beheneth-20 Triethanolamine, Silica, Xanthan Gum, PEG/PPG-14/7 Dimethyl Ether, 2-0-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Phytosterylioctyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Sodium Metaphosphate, Trisodlum EDTA, Cellulose Gum, Aluminum Hydroxide, BHT, Sodium Metabisulfite, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

3. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution $49.50   Buy Here
Clearly Corrective is a brightening serum containing a novel derivative of vitamin C called 3-O ethyl ascorbic acid, a marvelous antioxidant which breaks down to pure vitamin C on skin. The product is free of silicones, parabens, fragrance, color and optical diffusers. Studies have shown that in 2 weeks, 55% of women shown significant reduction in dark spot intensity. In 4 weeks, 69% of women clinically saw continued reduction in dark spots intensity and 73% of women showed a significant reduction in acne scarring. The serum also contains white birch extract, a sugar derived ingredient known to restore hydration and nutrients to skin. It increases skin elasticity and collagen production. Peony extract works in synergy with vitamin C to have clearer skin.  What we don’t like about this product is the clear bottle packaging. Vitamin C derivatives (ascorbic acid) is best kept in an opaque bottle (similar to Cellex-C, Skin Ceuticals) in order to prevent deterioration when in contact with air and light.

Ingredients: Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Alcohol Denatured, PEG/PPG/Polybutene Glycol-8/5/3/ Glycerin, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, 3-O Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, PEG-6 Decyltetradeceth-30, Phenoxyethanol, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil/Lavender Oil, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Citrus Tachibana/Citrus Aurantium Tachibana Peel Extract, Paeonia Suffruitcosa Extract/Paeonia Suffruitcosa Root Extract

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