Saturday, July 9, 2011

Is Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening Serum Really Effective As A Skin Brightener? ♪♪♪

If you're quite familiar with my ratings card, you would know what ♪♪♪ ( 3 musical notes) stand for. But allow me to delay the fanfare a bit to help build momentum for this particular review.

Just so you know, I won a Fine Fairness Kit from Neutrogena last December and I have been reviewing each product ever since.  I will be providing the links to my other reviews at the end of this post.

When you look at the package info, you will read this:

This breakthrough high penetrating formula penetrates beneath the skin surface and deactivates melanin production at the source for a renewed visibly brightened skin tone. Powered by upgraded Neutrogena Healthy White Complex with pure Retinol and Lily, stubborn dark spots are visibly lightened for a lasting even-toned translucent fairness from within. Clinically proven to show visible results in just 3 weeks. 

The Retinol Factor
When I saw Retinol as one of the serum's main ingredients, I somehow suspected that there would be peeling involved. I surmised that somehow there is a connection between Retinol and Tretinoin, something that my derma prescribed before. As it turned out, Retinol is pure and active Vitamin A, while Tretinoin is a synthetic form of Vitamin A, otherwise known as Retin-A. According to my research, Retinol is capable of repairing and stimulating collagen to create firmer and smoother looking skin. When I read that, I became even more anxious to try the serum.

The Truth Factor
Before Usage:
I was really looking for a skin brightener around that time. I just finished my second bottle of the Total Age Repair Royal Essence by Etude House, which I absolutely loved. Although it did smoothen and brighten my skin, I wanted to try a product that was designed intrinsically as a skin brightener. Yes, I tried quite a number in the past including Pervil Magic Cream for a good three years and L'Oreal White Perfect Day Cream before that. I can say that both products had their good and bad points, nevertheless they did their job in helping my skin appear two tones fairer.  

During Usage:
Note: I stopped using all the other skin care products I have and just applied the Neutrogena serum solely during the one-week trial period. I experienced a mild tingling sensation when I first applied the serum on my face. I got so scared which prompted me to stop using it for a time. After a week, I tried it again but this time sans the tingling sensation which made me quite pleased. I applied the serum once during the day and another, before going to bed. 

My Findings:
After using the serum for 7 days, I did not experience any major breakouts except for some small ones around the mouth and chin area. No, I wasn't at all itchy during this time for I surely would have terminated my experiment at the first signs of rashes or other allergies. The most spectacular part of my experiment was that the skin on my face looked a bit scaly and rough! The kind Neutrogena beauty consultant actually told me about this possibility, but also said that I shouldn't be afraid when this thing happens. 

I realized that my skin was undergoing micro-peeling of some sorts which somehow revealed a more translucent skin on the second week. I'm not kidding! Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening Serum is most definitely the best skin brightener I've ever used! 

I got so excited that I gave the serum to my niece Kristine who also wanted to brighten her skin somehow. The same thing happened to her--the peeling and the new skin that transpired on the second and third weeks. I asked her how she liked the serum and she said that most of her friends were asking her which Glutathione product she was using because her skin definitely lightened. In contrast, the serum helped stop the usual skin breakouts she was accustomed to, of course, to her absolute delight. As expected, she loved the serum so much that she used it for a good four months.

In conclusion, I've come up with a set of good and bad points about this product to help you figure out if it is really what you're looking for in a skin brightener.

* It induces skin renewal through a gentle micro-peeling process.
* You will really see a more translucent skin on the second or third week of usage.
* My niece who has combination skin like I do, claims that the serum helped eradicate her pimples in as early as three weeks.
* I love its scent and the powdery feel of the serum when applied on skin.

* The tingling sensation can be quite scary to some. 
* What I didn't like about it, are the tiny breakouts around my mouth area.

Would I buy another one?
I am actually thinking of buying it this time because I want my skin to appear more translucent and luminous than it is right now. My game plan would be to use the serum alongside my Missha Rose Water Skin Care Series to control the breakouts. I will let you know of the result in future posts.

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Brightening serum is available at Watson's for Php 999.00.

Next: Neutrogena Fine Fairness Cleanser


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  1. i tend to over-react on things..
    tiny break-outs around my mouth? i'll definitely get scared.. no no for me! thanks for posting sissy!

  2. hi D! yes. that's the downside. but for the skin brightening part, it's really effective. mwah!mwah!

  3. hi D! yes. that's the downside. but for the skin brightening part, it's really effective. mwah!mwah!

  4. I am using this product in almost two weeks from now... and i noticed it has no changes on my skin at all ... i experienced break outs and it was not that quiet happy to use i have red the testimony and all the reviews of this product.. i experienced some of the effects but i can say that this product is not effective as a brightening serum... try another one that is more effective...

  5. hi Christina! you're right. we react differently to different products. somehow this product has great brightening effects to both me and my niece. maybe, you can try another product so that you can see the brightening effect that you want.

  6. how i wish i had a good skin as you and has no break outs, i tried so many product but it did not help me and i got more & more break outs on my face im getting frustrated and i didn't know what will i buy next because i spend `lots`of money buying different brands still i didn't get the result

  7. @Engrjohnraycabrera: hi engr. john ray! hiyang mo ba yung product? thanks for the visit ha.:)

  8. my skin is peeling too for hw many more days this peeling will conitnue

  9. @ Saleha_sonu777: maybe a month or do you like the serum so far?

  10. Does it really reduce pigmentation on face?

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  64. Am using neurogena face wash and serum for the past two days am getting more pimple like tiny breakouts in my checks and around mouth areas, will it go off??? shall I continue using the Serum??? Plsss reply me