Luminique

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$49.99 - 1 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Lighteners With Hydroquinone
Last Updated:
3/19/2013
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No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is Hydroxatone’s skin-lightening product, but as it turns out it doesn’t contain anything that’s really capable of making the slightest difference in brown skin discolorations, other than a cosmetic difference. The base formula is best for normal to dry skin, but you’re most likely not considering Luminique for its moisturizing capabilities!

The company maintains that their Lumisphere blend is proven to fade freckles, dark spots, and other discolorations; however, if such proof exists, it isn’t published or available for public scrutiny. That means you have to take Hydroxatone’s word for it, and that is something we are reluctant to do.

As it turns out, Lumisphere is a trade name for a blend of ingredients that includes titanium dioxide, emollient thickeners, a film-forming agent, and an ingredient known as diacetyl boldine. None of these ingredients in the Lumisphere blend have research proving they’re effective skin-lightening agents—and none are preferred to the gold standards of sunscreen, hydroquinone, certain forms of vitamin C, or arbutin.

Please refer to our list of the Best Skin-Lightening Products for examples of products that stand a very good chance of improving your discolorations, not just covering them up.

This advanced skin-brightening formula features Lumisphere™, an ingredient proven to fade freckles, dark spots and discolorations for a more-even, uniform complexion.

Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Oleate, Titanium Dioxide, Polysorbate-20, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polymethylmethacrylate, Trilaurin, Diacetyl Boldine, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract, Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Extract, Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extract, Algae Extract, Bearberry (Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi) Extract, Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) Extract, Licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra) Extract, DMDM Hydantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Triethanolamine

Hydroxatone is a mail-order company that sells various anti-wrinkle and anti-aging products, all at fairly high prices. You need to know that these products are absolutely not worth your attention, let alone your beauty dollars. It's not that they don't contain some great ingredients, but almost every formula has its share of problems that make investing in this line the wrong way to go (especially if your concern is wrinkles or discolorations).

The key ingredients Hydroxatone touts are peptides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are used industry-wide, so you're not getting anything special or unique with Hydroxatone. What's particularly frustrating is that the company makes a much bigger deal about their "special" ingredients then is deserved. For example, the peptides don't work like Botox, the hyaluronic acid won't replace the need for dermal fillers, and their claim that these products contain the most effective anti-wrinkle ingredients isn't supported by published research. Even the "clinical studies" Hydroxatone mentions are meaningless, especially since they weren't done double-blind and the results were not compared with other products (that, in most cases, would likely work even better).

For more information about Hydroxatone, call 1-800-672-2259 or visit www.hydroxatone.com.

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  1. Tina
    Reviewed on Wednesday, July 31, 2013
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    • I thought that I would give this product a try, but first of all I thought that I would call the number given that you call to make sure that your credit card is not charged the full amount. I rang the Australian number given and was informed that it is disconnected.

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