Lakmé sent over a set of products for skin lightening a while back, and after I returned from my recent trip to Thailand, I was horribly tanned and my skin looked really dull, so I decided to add the light crème , night crème and skin lightening serum to my skincare regime. Although I am not much of a fan of skincare which promises to make you fair, after a look at the products, I decided to take my chances. The three skin lightening products are available as a combo pack for 1499/- INR on Amazon or individually as well. Here’s what I think after 3 weeks of using the three products together.
About Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Light Crème (INR 335/- for 50 gm.) With precious micro-crystals, this skin lightening light crème gently polishes your skin and the skin lightening vitamins brightens it. Moisture-rich yet ultra light, the crème melts into your skin. Its SPF 20 PA++ provides sun protection too.
About Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Night Crème (INR 335 for 50 gm.) : This skin lightening night crème has precious micro-crystals and skin lightening vitamins that intensely nourishes and lightens your skin through the night. It repairs and replenishes your skin so you wake up to fair, illuminated skin every day.
About Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Serum (INR 849/- for 30 ml.): This luscious skin lightening serum is concentrated with Vita-Resorcinol that diminishes the formation and transfer of skin darkening pigments and precious micro-crystals known to polish your skin.
The Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Light Crème was the first thing I added to my skincare routine and used it as a moisturiser every morning. As it contains light SPF, I often skipped additional sunscreen if I wasn’t going out much. The cream has a light fragrance and gets absorbed pretty easily onto my skin. It is pink-coloured, and doesn’t leave any white cast or residue, which I like. When I first started to apply it, I used it with the lightening serum, and as a result, my pores got clogged and I got some eruptions. So, I eased up and used this solo on my skin and it didn’t break out. Although I haven’t seen any visible lightening effect overnight, the deep tan has faded considerably, especially from my neck and jawline.
I found the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Serum pretty tricky to work with. When I used it with day/night creme, it always ended up clogging my pores, which was a major issue. However, in time, I decided to use it solo, especially as a makeup base, right before I put on my foundation and primer. This worked out really well as a pre-makeup moisturiser, and doubles up as a primer, leaving my skin looking fresh and quite well-hydrated. I don’t see any skin lightening effect, but this surely has improved my foundation’s wear-time.
Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Skin Lightening Night Crème is what I was most worried about, and yet this one gave me the least amount of grief. I generally tend to wash my face and then apply this lightly and go to sleep. It has not clogged my pores (and thank god, that is a blessing!), has a mild smell similar to the day cream, and in the morning my skin looks quite plump and hydrated. I am using this for about 22 days now, and I don’t see any striking change in my skin tone, but, I do see my tan fading considerably, and I think this is a rather nice option for normal to oily skinned people, and dry skinned beauties might need something more moisturising during Fall and Winter season. I am also slightly sad about the way the skin lightening serum promised a lot, but didn’t do much for my skin, at least not yet. If you have tried products from this range, or would like to, then leave a comment letting me know what you think.
Disclaimer: Poorna Banerjee was sent the products for review purpose. Her opinions are based on her personal experience.