As you would have guessed, I always include a brightening serum into my skincare routine at one point or another. I usually do some sort of rotation, between anti aging and brightening, while keeping hydration the priority. So, I layer serums. At the moment, I use the Antipodes Worship serum as a base before I use another serum after. I have been using the Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector & Optimizer (RM375/50ml) for 6 weeks now, and let me tell you how it works for me.
When I use a brightening serum, I target to even out my skin tone. I haven’t been using any brightening products prior to testing this, and after 2 weeks of using this serum, there is a noticeable difference in my skin tone. I posted my bare face on Instagram because I was so happy about it, but I jinxed myself. A pimple (or two) popped up the very next day. Gosh darn it! And I did the worst thing ever – I started popping them way too early. URGH! And then, there were marks. *profanity* It takes a long time for marks to fade on my skin. At least 2 months without help. I kept on using this serum, and now, as I’m writing this 4 weeks after the bare face photo was taken, my skin is back to *smiley face*. No marks. Yippee!! While this serum does nothing to lighten my freckles (nothing could, mind you, and that’s why I went for laser treatment), I can vouch it brightens your skin, evens out your skin tone, and gets rid of pimple marks!
So, what is it, really? This serum is housed in a dual chamber bottle with a dark spot corrector on one side and a soothing optimizer on the other. One gets rid of hyperpigmentation while the other quells irritation / inflammation, helping our skin resist future darkening. The dual chambered pump is to separate the corrector from the optimizer to preserve the purity and potency of the ingredients until we use it. While CL-302 complex brightens our skin, Gyokuro Extract (a Japanese green tea) delivers strong antioxidant and calming properties.
Science aside, I’m just here to tell you it works for me. The texture is not silicone-y (I’m sure this is not a word, but whatever) which is awesome, and it absorbs immediately into the skin without any tacky feeling. I use it every morning and night, and because this is a brightening serum, a broad spectrum sunscreen is a must. Heck, even if you’re not using any skincare, you should be using sunscreen! I like that this serum comes in a 50ml bottle (most serums are 30ml nowadays) and after using it diligently twice a day for 6 weeks, the bottle still feels as heavy as I first got it. Too bad I can’t see how much I’ve used though. It would be a good indicator so we know when to get a backup, rather than panicking after using the very last pump. Good thing we can now order Clinique online and it’s free delivery since this product is more than RM250.
This serum has been available since beginning of this month. Have you seen this when you go shopping? To those of you celebrating, how was your Lunar New Year? Mine was awesome! Went to Singapore for a short break, but now I’m sick. Chloe and Ashlyn got sick first, then me, and now Ashton. Poor bubs. Fever and cough make a cranky baby. I hope you had a good break, and for those of you who don’t celebrate, what have you been up to? I’ve been away for nearly 2 weeks, and I don’t have time to go through Twitter or my blog post feed. Please update me!