LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector

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$52 - 0.3 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Retinol Products > Lighteners Without Hydroquinone
Last Updated:
3/19/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
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This targeted dark spot treatment claims to contain "more than max levels of skin brighteners," but that's just a made-up marketing claim because none of the ingredients in this product have maximum use regulations and none are regulated as over-the-counter drugs like the gold-standard skin-lightening ingredient hydroquinone.

More important, though, is that this skin-lightening product contains several plant extracts with no known benefit for skin (that includes skin lightening), but they do have astringent qualities that pose a risk of irritation (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

On the upside, this does contain the skin-lightening ingredient alpha-arbutin in an amount that's likely effective.

This also contains a novel ingredient, listed as dimethylmethoxy chromanyl palmitate, a peptide (trade name Chromabright) that has limited but intriguing research on how it interrupts the pathway for melanin (skin pigment) synthesis. There's not much research, but it does appear promising (Source: www.healthestatejournal.com/Print.aspx?Story=4710). But, if you're curious to see how this ingredient may work for your dark spots, there are better formulas that contain it, such as First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Serum, which doesn't contain any of the problematic ingredients found in the this formula. Please keep in mind, however, just because an ingredient is new doesn't mean it's better.

Pros:
  • Contains a couple of ingredients with promising research showing they can improve dark spots.
  • The skin-lightening ingredients appear to be present in amounts likely to be effective.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrant plant extracts that pose a risk of irritation.
  • Some of the plant extracts are rarely used in skin-care products and rightly so, as they have no research showing their worth for skin, dark spots or not.
  • Doesn't contain "more than max" amounts of brightening ingredients; such ingredients don't have regulated maximum usage levels.

Pinpoints and obliterates stubborn, isolated age spots, discoloration, UV damage, and signs of past acne with this lightning-fast formula. A proprietary, triple-blend dosage of more-than-max levels of skin brighteners zero in only where they’re needed. So color intensity decreases. Spots brighten.

Water (Aqua, Eau), Oleth-10, Alpha Arbutin, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine

Bioelements is a spa-and-salon sold skin-care line that was founded in 1991 by makeup artist turned aesthetician, Barbara Salomone. An interview with Salomone in the January/February 2006 issue of Renew magazine had statements from her indicating that aestheticians will soon be recognized as true skin-care professionals and her advice to newcomers is to get as much education as you can. To that end, Bioelements has seven education centers across the United States. However, if they're teaching established and upcoming aestheticians about Bioelements products, we are worried. Few spa lines subject skin to the irritating ingredients dispersed through well over half of the products this line offers. If that isn't bad enough, Bioelements ignores some fundamental aspects of skin care. That means no well-formulated AHA or BHA products (it's not a good formula if it subjects skin to needless irritation), and sunscreens rated below the standard SPF 15 recommendation (sun protection products are vastly outnumbered in this line by moisturizers and serums), not to mention the need to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients, such as retinol, stable.

Company literature states that at Bioelements "We mean what we say. No gimmicks, no hype, and no false promises. We're professional skin care experts dedicated to keeping skin clean, clear, calm, and younger-looking." That sounds great but barely a word of it is true. This line definitely has its share of hype and false promises, from claiming that probiotics are a youth elixir, to regular references to what the line refers to as "Bioelements Adaptogens" and aromatherapist oils.

It's those very oils that causes havoc for skin, though in a spa experience their aroma can be pleasant. Skin-care experts would know better than to use any of Bioelements' numerous problem products, especially since, with so many irritants in most of the products, clear, calm skin is far from becoming a reality. Any company can establish its own education center, but what's key is the type of education provided and how the information is discussed. We have received countless letters from disheartened aestheticians bemoaning the "education" and classes they sit through, only to be spoon-fed information about skin-care products and practices they know are unhelpful and untrue. They ask me where to turn because they have a sincere interest in helping people take the best possible care of their skin, and are conscientious about the products they recommend. I hope this book helps such aestheticians, because Bioelements and many other spa-oriented lines are not creating products that epitomize state-of-the-art skin care, though they'd love for you to believe otherwise.

For more information about Bioelements, call 800.433.6650 or visit www.bioelements.com.

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