Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA 30ml £7.00
This serum has 2% Alpha Arbutin which helps reduce the look of spots and hyperpigmentation. 2% is a higher concentration versus the 1% standard concentration. It's said to be the safer alternative to Hydroquinone, the main source of Alpha Arbutin is the Bearberry bush where it's derived from the leaves. Arbutin comes in alpha and beta, alpha is said to be better as it offers higher stability and preferred for skin lightening. Making is ideal for hyperpigmentation. The Hyaluronic acid ingredient is described as a next generation form, Hyaluronic acid is used to retain moisture within the skin (one gram (.03 ounces) of hyaluronic acid is able to hold up to six liters (1 quart) of water!) helping it to look plump and healthy. It can be used daily, AM + PM (sunscreen definitely needed after AM application). It's a clear liquid, watery serum, glides onto the skin to be absorbed quickly with no residue left over. I think this is going to be a great saviour during the colder months with being able to retain moisture but helping my other skin concerns, I find it gentle for what it's meant to do.
Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% 30ml £5.50
Lactic Acid is found within milk and sugars - this is where it's derived from and it's antimicrobial, so it stops any growth of bacteria, gently exfoliates skin & prevents pigmentation (i.e. dark spots - doesn't whiten the skin, no bleaching *I stress this*). I'm familiar with a lot of acids, especially AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) as they're used to gently exfoliate the skin to help brighten by revealing new skin underneath and this is how it helps to stop hyperpigmentation. This acid in particular I've not had much experience with until as of late, from doing a body peel and then this. It's at a 5% level which is probably good for entry levels so your skin can get used to it and then you build up the strength. Within this mixture is Tasmanian pepperberry, it's a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-acne & skin conditioning properties, it'll reduce the signs of irritation often associated with acid use. Also supports Vitamin C and collagen production. I've definitely not experienced any peeling or irritation. It took a while but the skin had slight places on my face where it started to exfoliate but it's always a good sign and my skin is starting to look a lot more brighter and even.
100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil 30ml £9.00
The reason I choose to use this cold-pressed and organic Rosehip Oil is because of it's amazing benefits, to help aide all what I'm trying to correct. It's full of vitamins, antioxidants and essential fatty acids, these help skin concerns such as dark spots, reduce scars and fine lines and hydrates dry, itchy skin. The antioxidants have the ability to penetrate deep layers of the skin, Vitamins A & C stimulate collagen production. As I mentioned the dark spots are helped because the antioxidants combat free radicals that cause sun damage, this'll prevent dark spots from getting darker. Vitamin A & combined with essential fatty acids improve skintone, texture and pigmentation. They suggest to use it once a day, preferably at night but I use oils morning & night because I use it after my moisturiser especially if I'm not wearing make-up, it seals my layers and always gives me a non greasy but healthy sheen while working and protecting my skin.
& there's still a few more to mention at a later date...