Lumecin Overnight Brightening Gluco-Protein Treatment
1.3 fl. oz. for $44.50
Last Updated:01.11.2012
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

We wouldn’t describe this product as “revolutionary” as Good Skin claims it is, but in the world of cosmetics, such a word does attract attention. Without mincing words, what you will find is an intriguing product to consider if you’re looking for an exfoliant that combines approximately 0.5% salicylic acid with the polyhydroxy acid gluconolactone (used to a greater extent in NeoStrata products). The pH of 4 ensures some exfoliation will take place, but not to the extent you’d get with a higher concentration of salicylic (or glycolic) acid at a slightly lower pH.

This contains some plant extracts that have limited research about their ability to lighten skin discolorations, but the small amounts present in this product probably won’t give you the results you’d like to see in the mirror. Of more interest is the ingredient acetyl glucoasamine because there is some in vitro research showing this to be an effective inhibitor of melanin synthesis. Interrupting this process (or pathway) before discoloration surfaces is how acetyl glucosamine is believed to function. The rub is that this research has been carried out only by Procter & Gamble, the company that owns Olay, and their Definity line contains acetyl glucosamine. That means it isn’t much to go on, as P&G stands to gain from their own studies, not to mention that how an ingredient behaves on skin cultures in a petri dish can be quite different from how it works on intact skin. Still, taken as a lightweight, mild BHA product, this is an option for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin. The texture is fluid and it sets to a soft matte finish; plus, your skin is treated to some beneficial extras, including antioxidants and soothing agents.


This revolutionary, overnight face treatment helps restore skin's brightness, smoothness and improves texture while strengthening skin's protective barrier, visibly reducing pore size and helping to fade brown spots.


Water, Isopropyl Palmitate, Butylene Glycol, Acetyl Glucosamine, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Behenyl Alcohol, Arginine, Dimethicone, Salicylic Acid, Myristyl Myristate, Gluconolactone, Padina Pavonica (Thallus) Extract, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Ceramide 2, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract, Glycerin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria), Yeast Extract, Cholesterol, Phospholipids, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Coleus Barbatus Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Laureth-23, PEG-40 Castor Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Sulfate, Sorbitan Tristearate, Potassium Stearate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Steareth-21, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin

Brand Overview

GoodSkin Labs At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the serums and treatment products (including the wrinkle fillers) are very good; relatively inexpensive given the anti-aging ingredients used; some of the products are fragrance-free.

Weaknesses: Falls short in terms of not offering any sun protection products; no longer a comprehensive line.

GoodSkin Labs is owned by Estee Lauder and sold exclusively at Kohl’s department stores. Although originally launched as a full-featured collection of skin-care products, the brand has since been whittled down to a few key players. We’re not sure why the downsizing occurred, but perhaps it’s Lauder simply decided to focus on the core products that sold best. Whatever the reason, what remains from GoodSkin is a mixed bag—but there are some very good products you may want to consider. Because this is Lauder-owned line, you’ll find several products are similar to others from Laude brands, including Clinique. The price point of GoodSkin Labs is in line with Clinique, though with Clinique you have a lot more choices and can, if desired, put together an entire skin-care routine. Just to be clear, you can put together a brilliant skin-care routine with products from different brands—let go of the myth that you won’t get good results if your routine mixes and matches various brands. In some cases that may work beautifully, but more often than not it can lead to trouble because few lines offer a perfectly ideal assortment of products. What GoodSkin Labs does best is serums and anti-aging treatment products (including wrinkle fillers) and most of them are fragrance-free. Their formulas combine proven beneficial ingredients in elegant textures and packaging that helps keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use. As with most cosmetic lines, the claims are a bit over the top, but for the most part the formulas contain an impressive range of ingredients that can help your skin look and act younger. You won’t find anything here that Estee Lauder’s namesake brand isn’t also offering, but if you routinely shop at Kohl’s, there are some products that are worthy of checking out! For more information about GoodSkin Labs, visit www.goodskinlabs.com.

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