Even Skintone Serum

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$70 - 0.85 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Lighteners Without Hydroquinone
Last Updated:
11/23/2009
Jar Packaging:
No
pH:
3.20
Tested On Animals:
No
Even Skintone Serum lists bearberry extract as an active ingredient, which is not permitted because it isn’t an active ingredient. Bearberry has some research showing it can inhibit melanin production due to its arbutin content, but the amount of alcohol in this product makes it too irritating to consider.
A light formulation for even skin color containing Aha, Bha and skin lightening ingredients. Gently exfoliates for a smoother texture and clear complexion
Active: Extract Equivalent To Dry Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf (47.5mg/g), Other: Purified Water, Ethanol, Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose

What a great name for a skin-care line! Not only does the "ultra" prefix speak to consumers looking for the best or most potent products, but also the "ceuticals" suffix lends a medicinal touch that is reminiscent of the emerging term "cosmeceuticals" (which is a marketing term that has no sanctioned validity or standards, so it can be applied to any product).

Ultraceuticals was the brainchild of Australian plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Heber, whose vision to deliver "honest, clinically-proven skin care" back in 1991 was years ahead of the trend of doctors as skin-care salespeople. The company speaks readily of its ingredient technology, which is what the people behind it believe makes Ultraceuticals a cut above the rest. The clinical study results and before-and-after images provided in the company's catalog look convincing, but, as is usually the case, the details are left out. We don't know what product in their double-blind study was used as a control, we don't know what other products the study participants used prior to being treated with the Ultraceuticals cream, and the result (that topical vitamin C can improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin) is hardly revolutionary or exclusive to Ultraceuticals. It is well established that stabilized vitamin C applied topically (and consumed orally) can do this (Sources: The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, August 2005, pages 963–972; The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2005, pages 304–307; and Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, January 2005, pages 4–9). Moreover, many, many other antioxidants have the same ability, including vitamin E, green tea, and retinol. In fact, many researchers believe that, regardless of the content of a single antioxidant in a product, a better approach is to use skin-care products that offer a blend of antioxidants. In that sense, Ultraceuticals falls a bit short.

Australians may be all abuzz about this skin-care line, and it is creeping into the United States. Yet aside from offering mostly fragrance-free products and consistently using packaging to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable, it really isn't anything new under the sun. However, as you will see from the reviews below, there are a few star products to consider if the prices don't bother you.

For more information about Ultraceuticals, call (800) 339-5115 or visit www.ultraceuticals.com.

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  1. Happy User
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 05, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Even Skintones
    • Being a beauty expert for more than 24 years I have seen product come and go. and many time alamist comments can have an unnessary impact on consumers decisions in using real skincare that deliver results exceeding expectation. I've been using even skintones now for 6 mths and there is no evidencs of my skin drying from the so called Alcohol you metioned. What I have found is my skin is more hydrated due to the Lactic Acid, more refined and smoother my blackheads are all goneand the pigmented sundamage is gone. I look at my skin and see a more luminous radiant evened out complexion. My daughter who is sixteen is also seeing exceptional results and helping to control her teenage break out I give this product 11/10 and would recommend it to everyone

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