Tested on animals:Yes
Bright Renew Original Serum promises to reduce the look of dark spots, enhance luminosity, and retexturize skin, and in many respects it delivers! Unfortunately, that comes along with a scented formula that throws a curveball for skin, but overall there's a lot to love.
Bright Renew Original Serum contains a blend of ingredients with research showing they can help fade dark spots and even out skin tone, including licorice root extract and niacinamide, as well as anti-inflammatory agents to further soothe skin and reduce redness. More to love, this serum is also rich in antioxidants (such as resveratrol and Ginkgo biloba) that help reverse the signs of aging and strengthen skin against sun damage.
The milky serum is dispensed via a dropper applicator and the lightly hydrating formula is boosted by skin-repairing emollients that give skin a healthy glow and create a smooth texture, without feeling greasy. With so many great ingredients packed into this serum, we applaud Laneige for using opaque packaging to help keep them stable!
So, what about the bad news? The formula is fragranced strongly enough that it lingers on skin, which unfortunately means it can potentially put skin at risk for irritation, both on and below the surface (see More Info for the full scoop).
While the fragrance factor isn't good, Bright Renew Original Serum otherwise has a lot going for it in terms of fading dark spots and serving as an anti-aging agent. We're giving Laneige a pass here, although not enough to earn our best rating.
- 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.
- Skin-repairing emollients soften skin + add a healthy glow.
- Lightly hydrating milky serum texture is ideal for normal to dry or combination skin.
- Fragrance puts skin at risk and 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).