Tested on animals:Yes
Bright Renew Emulsion is one of Laneige's better products due to its intriguing mix of melanin-inhibiting ingredients to fade dark spots and even out skin tone. Not only that, Laneige also upped the ante by including antioxidants and soothing agents for further anti-aging and anti-redness benefit!
Chief among the skin-lightening, pigmentation-fading superstars are acetyl glucosamine, niacinamide, arbutin, and Saururus chinensis extract. Cumulatively, these ingredients work together to fade discolorations, whether from sun damage (i.e., brown spots) or hyperpigmentation left over from acne. Bright Renew Emulsion also has anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness, for an even more uniform skin tone (Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2007 and 2004; Phytotherapy Research, 2004; and Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 2013).
More to love, the formula is housed in air-tight, opaque packaging that helps keep it as potent and stable as possible. Bright Renew Emulsion has a lightly hydrating, silky lotion texture suitable for all skin types (except sensitive; see below).
Our only complaint is that the formula is fragranced enough that its scent lingers. That means it can potentially irritate skin over time (see More Info). Without that, this would have earned our top rating for its promising dark spot–fading and anti-aging capabilities!
On a side note: The "Himalaya Snow Water" on the ingredient list isn't compliant with regulated naming standards (it should just be listed as "water"). More to the point: Water in cosmetics, regardless of the source, must go through a rigorous purification process, and there isn't any research showing that water from any one source is better for skin than water from any other source. Long story short: This water from the Himalayas isn't anything special for skin!
- Intriguing mix of melanin-inhibiting ingredients to fade dark spots and brighten skin tone.
- Contains antioxidants and soothing agents for further anti-aging and anti-redness benefit.
- Lightly hydrating lotion-like texture is ideal for normal to dry or combination skin.
- The inclusion of potentially irritating fragrance detracts from the beneficial formula.
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008; and American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012; and Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).